American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, California - Sierra Nevada, Pinnacles in Little Slide Canyon

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  • Publication Year: 1971

Pinnacles in Little Slide Canyon. In July, Joe Kiskis and I trudged to the head of Little Slide Canyon from Twin Lakes. Originally interested in something of greater magnitude, we were diverted by the lure of the beautiful pinnacles sprouting from the canyon wall. One spire, Regge Pole, named after a theory of elementary particles, resembled a 600-foot pole. We began our vacation in an open-book on Regge Pole’s south flank. Four leads later, we ran out of dièdre to climb in, but a chimney fortunately split the back side of the spire and we clambered on. Night found us on the ground, having left a small hasty cairn on the summit. NCCS III, F7, A2. The next day we climbed the spire just south of Regge Pole, which we called “The Duck”, apropos of nothing. II,F5. The Turret, the highest of the four spires, was climbed solo by Joe Kiskis later in the season. II, F3.

Greg Donaldson, Stanford Alpine Club

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