Due to the government's inability to pass a budget, Yosemite National Park was closed. Fortunately, Tioga Pass was still open.
'Lake' Sabrina is looking a little dry . . .
Cars in 'Lake' Sabrina.
Public sentiments on one of the closed restrooms at Lake Sabrina.
Cardinal Pinnacle and approach.
Approaching Cardinal Pinnacle from the South.
Looking up the West Face of Cardinal Pinnacle.
The next buttress over. The nice splitter is V8 (5.10d) which we climbed later in the day.
Crack Kingdom - Following P1 (5.10a) which is shared with the West Face.
Cool unknown OW.
Crack Kingdom - P2, with the arching crack on the right, and 5.10b OW high above.
Crack Kingdom - P2, with the flake-chimney, easy OW and 5.10b OW flare.
Crack Kingdom - Leading the easy OW. The 5.10b flare looms above.
Crack Kingdom - at the end of the P2 5.10b flare, about to start the chimney.
I accidentally stopped a little short, thinking this crack was the 5.10c for P3. Keep going until the ramp ends in a ledge.
Crack Kingdom - P3, looking at the lip crux (about 5.10a) with the thin fingers crux (5.10c/d) in the red rock above.
Crack Kingdom - Nic leading P3.
Crack Kingdom - Following P3.
Crack Kingdom - The short but fierce 5.10b lieback on P4. This reminded me of the 5.10a lieback on Third Pillar of Dana, but a bit shorter and easier.
The summit of Cardinal Pinnacle seen from a minor summit. It is a bit of an exposed cl. 4 scramble to the summit along the shadowed crest, with no pro. There is an old bolt on top.
Nic atop Cardinal Pinnacle.
Downclimbing the 5.5 chimney (more like cl. 4) to reach the first rappel anchor.
Rather than rappelling straight down, we decided to place some directionals and top-rope the 5.10d final pitch of the Prow, first. This was a really good, tough, but short crack bouldering problem!
Nic at the first rappel, atop the 5.10d final pitch of the Prow. This was a convenient and highly worthwhile top-rope to do on the rappel descent.
Looking down the 5.12 fingers pitch of the Prow as seen on the second rappel.
Looking up the 5.12 fingers pitch of the Prow as seen on the second rappel.
Looking up the 5.11 R pitch of the Prow as seen on the second rappel.
Looking across the way towards V8, the stellar 5.10d crack climb we would do next.
Cool unknown OW atop the first pitch on Cardinal Pinnacle.
NW face of Cardinal Pinnacle.
P2 & P3 of Crack Kingdom.
Looking up V8 from the base. It is physical and solid the entire way.
Nic leading V8 (5.10d, 80ft)
Following V8 (5.10d, 80ft)
NW face of Cardinal Pinnacle seen from atop V8.
Crack Kingdom - P3 5.10c seen from atop V8.
Crack Kingdom - P2 5.10b OW seen from atop V8.