ky13 (brokenpipe) wrote,

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Pinnacles on Parade

I went to Pinnacles National Monument on Sunday for some outdoor climbing.

We didn't leave Alviso until 10am, so we got to the park pretty late and had to park far away from our trail head because the close lots were full. We started hiking in the wrong direction and didn't realize it for about a mile. We couldn't figure out where we wanted to climb, and kind of got lost a little on the way to Discovery Wall. Finally we got there (at the top) and setup our top rope. We decided to repel down. Then we realized there was a trail that wrapped around the wall that only took a couple minutes.

We were finally ready to climb at 2:30pm.

There were 9 of us climbing on only 2 ropes, so it was slow going. I only got one climb in, but messed around with bouldering on some of the rocks at the base.

The rock there has these jagged little pebbles embedded in the rock. It's hard to get used to grabbing for them because they look like they're going to come off at the slightest touch. The rock was also very rough and harder on your hands.

Overall it was a wonderful day. Pinnacles is a beautiful place. Spending the day outdoors with great people made it a great Sunday.

I didn't have my camera with me. I'll post pictures as I get them from friends.
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