Album: Washington: Pinnacle Peak & Plummer Peak
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- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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I believe we started a bit to the right of the trail and headed up the ridge
After at first getting a bit bogged down in thick forest we eventually caught up with the trail
Looking up at the class 5 ridge leading up to Pinnacle from the Pinnacle/Castle saddle
Courtney attempts an unknown route up Pinnacle Peak
Courtney on class 3/4 rock. Notice the moss, snow, and wet rock.
Courtney. Now on the easier and more common class 3/4 route above the Pinnacle/Castle saddle.
The condition of the rock is much better here than were we first attempted to climb up further to the east (far less loose stuff).
This climbing seemed class 3 to me (with some exposure) though the description on summitpost.com says class 4.
Courtney. Just a few steps away from the Pinnacle/Plummer saddle.
A rare patch of blue sky on the way up to Plummer Peak
Interesting fin on the west side of Plummer Peak
Pinnacle Peak is vaguely visible through the falling snow
Snow becomes fairly heavy on the way back to the saddle
A small portion of Mount Rainier is briefly exposed
A small portion of Mount Rainier is briefly exposed. This was unfortunately the only view of Mount Rainier we saw all day.
Back down to where we parked at Reflection Lake.
One of the last photos taken by one of eleven climbers killed in an avalanche in 1981.
A sad but true fact. All these blank slots will one day be filled.
Mount Rainier comes into view under the wing of my return flight.