Canyonlands: Tales from Narrow Places

Climbing & canyon rescue practice between canyoneering trips

Posted in Uncategorized by canyoneering on April 2, 2010

Pinnacle Peak Park

On the weekend between two significant Utah canyoneering trips, we decided to leave the wetsuits at home, not fill the gas tanks all the way and head to nearby Pinnacle Peak Park for some climbing and canyon rescue practice. John, Eric and myself worked on haul systems and converting a static rappel block into a lowering system. These would be used for a person either stuck or injured on rappel or if not enough rope was deployed to reach the ground. After successfully working these systems on the ground we worked them with one of us actually on rappel off the ground. It was great practice and we squeezed in a few climbs as well, including a difficult 5.10 crack climb.



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  1. Steve Schwartz said, on April 2, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Is Pinnacle Peak one of the couple of parks/hills in Phoenix? We were there a couple of years ago, and I walked up the most popular one twice – Camelback I think. The other was a bigger park with lots of peaks. Whatever its name, I climbed around the trails in that one also for several hours.

    No ropes though – just feet.

    • canyoneering said, on April 2, 2010 at 6:25 pm

      Pinnacle Peak Park is in north Scottsdale. The more popular mountains within the the city of Phoenix are Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak, formerly known as Squaw Peak. Other popular desert parks within the city of Phoenix are South Mountain, North Mountain, Lookout Mountain, Shaw Butte and Papago Parks.

  2. Stephen Schwartz said, on April 4, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Thanks. It’s hard to remember anymore, but I think that it was Piestewa/Squaw Peak that I was at in addition to Camelback.

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