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North America, United States, California, Domelands, Lamont Pinnacles, Various Ascents

Domelands, Lamont Pinnacles, Various Ascents. Lamont Pinnacles is one of those seldom visited areas positioned near the southeastern fringe of the Domelands Wilderness. Its lofty position overlooking a Joshua Tree-like environment, locally known as the “Canebrake,” offers a late autumn to early spring playground. First climbed in the 1960s via their back sides to the east, Lamont Pinnacles hadn’t seen much more activity until the 1980s, and then again in the mid-’90s. This spring, Ron Felton, Jim Shroadt, Kenny Hardin and I climbed over a half-dozen routes of one to seven pitches in length. Mentionable classics on each of the northernmost spires from north to south are Waiting To Exhale (seven pitches, III 5.10), If ‘60s Were ‘90s (six pitches, III 5.10), California Dreamin’ (five pitches, III 5.8), V (two pitches, I 5.10+) and Energizer Bunny (5.9). Special mention goes to V with its exceptional airy finger crack and hand traverse.

E. C. Joe, Southern Sierra Climbers’ Association