Pinnacles and Lover's Leap, June 2015

Andy flew in from New York on his week off from med school. We were supposed to tackle Banner Peak in the Eastern Sierra but the weather had us settle for hiking Pinnacles, climbing at Castle Rock, and summiting Mission Peak. We made do.

The Pinnacles. This is a great moderate hike.

The Pinnacles. This is a great moderate hike.

Andy on the High Peaks Trail. This is one of the best parts.

Andy on the High Peaks Trail. This is one of the best parts.

A big rock, not too far from the sweet talus caves.

A big rock, not too far from the sweet talus caves.

We climbed Mission Peak another day and randomly saw... this awesome Peacock. Sorry for the potato quality, blame the digital zoom. We also saw a Bobcat up close, but no pictures unfortunately.

We climbed Mission Peak another day and randomly saw... this awesome Peacock. Sorry for the potato quality, blame the digital zoom. We also saw a Bobcat up close, but no pictures unfortunately.

The following weekend Ethan and I went to Lover's to practice some trad work on the nice and easy Knapsack Crack (5.5, three pitches). We swung leads and climbed it twice so each of us led every pitch. I was happy with how we did for the most part but damn was it hot. Also trad is still scary sometimes, even on 5.5, where falling is not a good idea.

Ethan follows my lead on the first pitch. 

Ethan follows my lead on the first pitch. 

Ethan battles the crux of the route. All of a sudden it gets steep, blank, and weirdly offwidth. 

Ethan battles the crux of the route. All of a sudden it gets steep, blank, and weirdly offwidth. 

Ethan does after-climbing relaxing the right way... sort of.

Ethan does after-climbing relaxing the right way... sort of.

Sunday we headed to Phantom Spires with our new friend (and ropegun) Pete. It was a cool place, but way too hot. Those rocks are not small... they're almost two full pitches of climbing.

Sunday we headed to Phantom Spires with our new friend (and ropegun) Pete. It was a cool place, but way too hot. Those rocks are not small... they're almost two full pitches of climbing.

Pete gets wild on the knobs of Over Easy (5.7). When in doubt, bat hang. 

Pete gets wild on the knobs of Over Easy (5.7). When in doubt, bat hang. 

A more comprehensive look at Over Easy. A cool, varied climb. I thought it was hard.

A more comprehensive look at Over Easy. A cool, varied climb. I thought it was hard.

Overall a great couple trips. I'll have to get back to Tahoe when there's a bit less sun.