The Climbers guide to the Pinnacles is dead on. After a couple of false turnoffs from the main trail, Scott guided us to the base of the true climb.
After rapping off from the Middle Tower, back to our packs at the rock-block, we decided to rappel into the shaded gully on the right. A full length, double rope rappel (by this time we were *really* happy that we had lugged 2 ropes) got us down the steep face into a gully to another set of shiny new bolts. We did another rap to the next set of bolts, also in the gully and rapped off again to a bolt pair on the top of a class-4 drop off into the void below. It was debateable whether we needed to rappel these last two spots but for one thing, this was unknown terrain for us and the rock was polished and smooth, so it was a good decision. By this time we were really getting tired of all the rappeling and the heat had already worn us down. Thinking that this was the last rappel, Scott took off, only to discover that the dropoff was not that long and it led him to a tree that had slings and rap-rings! Here we go again, one more rap. But this time, the rap was steep and long over a 4th/low-5th class wall that was covered with dry moss and smaller vegetation that would have made down-climbing extremely treacherous. Now, we were in a rocky gully and some watchful down climbing got us at one end of 'the caves' and the trail.
All in all, if you are looking for an opportunity to practice some aspects of ropecraft with multiple pitches and with only mellow climbing as the challenge, then this beautiful ridge is worth looking at.
We used two 50m ropes and think that two ropes will be necessary to get off safely. A couple of large cams were useful for anchoring while doing variations like the start of the Middle Tower, but otherwise all the other trad gear simply added weight to the pack. Half a dozen quick draws and about that many shoulder length slings were all that we used. All those shiny new bolts, some with nice new slings made this quite a deluxe climbing experience as Scott liked to put it.
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