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North America, United States, Wyoming—Tetons, Pinnacle Peak, Gros Ventre Range

Pinnacle Peak, Gros Ventre Range. On June 18, the first ascent of Pinnacle Peak was made by Jake Breitenbach, Stu Krebs, Stan Shepard, Pete Sinclair and me. For several years there had been rumors that this small peak appeared very difficult on all sides. From the old coal mine in Little Granite Creek, we climbed forested slopes on the north to high meadows leading to a col about two miles east of Pinnacle Peak. We followed the long ridge westward over a gentle summit (Point 10,628) to the base of the peak. A rotten chimney on the south and a short, exposed scramble of moderate difficulty on the southwest ridge brought us to the summit plateau. The actual summit is a little 15-foot tower of crumbling limestone.

William J. Buckingham