Multi-pitch climbing on a very hot day
Since I am in the Bay Area, Malte and me have been in different climbing areas in the vicinity, especially in Castle Rock. The Bay Area itself offers only a view multi-pitch routes. For that reason we decided to travel a little bit further and check out the Pinnacles National Monument for our first multi-pitch route.
It was a really hot day and so we carried a lot of water with us (and yes we drank all of it).
The approach from the parking lot was a bit strenuous but some nice views let us forget the strains quickly.
We climbed the route The Costanoan which is leading to the top of a rock formation called The Citadel.
"The Costanoan" is an easy (5.4 YDS, 4 UIAA) route, consists of four pitches and was therefore perfect for training our anchor setting and rope management techniques.
At the top: