A climb up Dinwoody Glacier followed by a short rock scramble to an interesting summit
The team moving camp over Dinwoody Glacier en route to Bonney Pass and Titcomb Basin.
Dominic heading up the finger of Dinwoody Glacier just south of Gooseneck Glacier. When we awoke the peaks were socked in and we gave up hopes of climbing anything. However, as we backpacked over Dinwoody Glacier the clouds started lifting and Dominic, Teresa & I decided to roll the dice and make an unexpected attempt at Pinnacle Ridge.
The branch of Dinwoody Glacier south of Gooseneck Glacier is fairly interesting; we walked past and over many crevasses that were still filled in with snow. Pinnacle Ridge is coming into view on the left. The couloir we used to access the summit is the rather wide one that is obvious on the left side.
Teresa stepping over a snow-filled crevasse en route to Pinnacle Ridge.
Dominic approaching Pinnacle Ridge. We're in luck - the weather has cleared considerably.
Dominic starting up the short, steep couloir. Pinnacle Ridge is a long series if pinnacles and we're keeping our fingers crossed that we'll pop out close to the highpoint.
Striking Mount Woodrow Wilson as seen from Pinnacle Ridge.
Dominic gives Teresa a belay while she tags the airy highpoint of Pinnacle Ridge.
Teresa rappelling the somewhat snowy and icy rock pitch below the summit.
The climbing on this pitch was in the 5.0 ballpark and would be a reasonable unroped scramble when dry.
Teresa and I decided to rappel the steepest part of the couloir from a rock anchor at the top because we could. Dominic cleaned the anchor and downclimbed.
Turret Peak as seen from Dinwoody Glacier. The highpoint is the summit on the left side of the central notch. We climbed the west ridge from Elsie Col, the saddle on the right. Mount Warren is the peak on the far right.
The Sphinx as seen from Dinwoody Glacier. The easiest route ascends the ridge on the right from the saddle with Mount Woodrow Wilson.