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North America, United States, California, Sierra Nevada, Wheeler Crest, Big Gray Pinnacle

Wheeler Crest, Big Gray Pinnacle. In November, I joined a visiting French climber, David Belden, in making the first ascent of this 1000-foot tower by a prominent dihedral on the east face. The climbing was mostly in cracks and chimneys with a F10 crux past a 20-foot ceiling via face moves on the righthand wall after the only crack ends. The tower is the most obvious free-standing pinnacle about two miles north of the Smokestack. NCCS IV, F10.

Galen A. Rowell