Basic Alpine Climb - Pinto Rock/Bowling Alley


Basic Alpine Climb - Pinto Rock/Bowling Alley

Route has now been bolted the whole way up changing this easy beginner Trad Leader and Student climb requiring no Pro besides slings into just another even easier Sport Route. No longer qualifies for Basic Alpine credit.

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  • Basic Rock Climb
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

5:30am at MWPR.  High clearance 4WD vehicles preferred.

Not called the "Bowling Alley" route for nothing, this is one of the strangest (and easiest) climbs around- a true 3-1/4 pitch rock climb where the only "Pro" used by Leaders tends to be slings.  Lots of "Chicken-heads", "Duck-heads", "Sheep", "Goat", "Buffalo", "Giraffe" and even some "Elephant-heads".  You get the picture.  Approach hike is approximently 300 yards.  Not to be taken as lightly as first appearances indicates.....


Pinto Rock/Bowling Alley

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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