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Machete Edit. Couldn't get enough of the pics from the freshest national park: Pinnacles. It deserved another plug. Machete Ridge shot. #pinnaclesnationalpark #pinnacles #macheteridge #machete #ihike #hike #getoutandhike #hikecalifornia #photoedit #photoediting #photosaturation #getout_findout #wander #iwander
Pines Against the Machete Ridge
Boulder Study #4 , Machete Ridge From the Balconies
North End, Machete Ridge
In the Balcony Caves
Giant Boulder and Machete Ridge
In the Balcony Caves
Andesite/Tuff Covered in Lichen
In the Balcony Caves
Lichen On Andesite
Two House Sized Boulders Crossing, Pinnacles National Park, CA
Day 2 of an incredible weekend. Dan, Kim, Nico and I made a fun traverse across Machete Ridge (see last photo for the entire ridge). Close to home, warm in January, and a great adventure. Awesome protected walking across this Pinnacles pinnacle. Not sure if it's trad climbing. #macheteridge #pinnaclesnationalpark #pinnacles #rockclimbing #climbing #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #goatworthy #tradclimbing #alpineclimbing #traverse #nationalpark #california #rappel #summit
Pinnacles National Park is one of the lesser known national parks about 2-2.5 hours south of Bay Area. The difference between the Gabilan Mountains and the surrounding foothills is stark, huge monoliths and steep gorges made of volcanic breccia and tuffs rise up from gently rolling hills. The main attraction here are the rock formations, canyons, bat caves, and the views. This isn't Yosemite, so don't expect a lot of rock climbing (there's not much granite &basalt formations) and the views aren't as majestic, but this is a good day trip or overnighter. Parking pass/day-use is only $15. #macheteridge #ridge #breccia #tuffs #canyon #gorge #valley #mountain #hills #pinnacles #pinnaclespark #pinnaclesnationalpark #nps #nationalparkservice #paicines #sanbenito #norcal
The Machete Ridge while along the Balconies Trail. The views are stunning here. This was during our hiking trip around Pinnacles Nat'l Park. I was with my cuzz, Regina & Chris. We even hiked thru one of the caves found in this park. It was a fun and thrilling hike this day with my hiking crew! (Outing taken place Friday, November 17, 2017) A bit about this park:
Pinnacles National Park is a United States Nat'l Park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley, about 5 miles east of Soledad & 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Pinnacles is managed by the National Park Service and the majority of the park is protected as wilderness. Differential erosion and weathering of the exposed rock created the Pinnacles that are seen today. Large-scale earth movement also created the talus caves that can also be found in the park. Deep, narrow gorges & shear fractures were transformed into caves by large chunks of rock falling from above & wedging into the cracks leaving an open area below. Talus caves aren’t traditional caves that go into the sides of mountains (like the real caves with stalactites), but they can still be really fun to explore.
A solo pic of me while hiking along the Balconies Trail. The Machete Ridge (cliff formation) is just up ahead. We were headed to the Balconies Cave at this time! This was during our hiking trip around Pinnacles Nat'l Park. I was with my cuzz, Regina & Chris. When we explored thru one of the caves here, particularly the Balconies Cave, we had to climb, crawl, kneel, and squeeze to get thru the tight and narrow spaces! It was indeed an adventurous and thrilling outing this day with my hiking crew! (Outing taken place Friday, November 17, 2017) A bit about this park:
Pinnacles National Park is a United States Nat'l Park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley, about 5 miles east of Soledad & 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Pinnacles is managed by the National Park Service and the majority of the park is protected as wilderness. Differential erosion and weathering of the exposed rock created the Pinnacles that are seen today. Large-scale earth movement also created the talus caves that can also be found in the park. Deep, narrow gorges & shear fractures were transformed into caves by large chunks of rock falling from above & wedging into the cracks leaving an open area below. Talus caves aren’t traditional caves that go into the sides of mountains (like the real caves with stalactites), but they can still be really fun to explore.
Me and my cuzz enjoying the scenery. This was along the Balconies Trail. The Machete Ridge (cliff formation) is just up ahead. We were headed to the Balconies Cave at this time! This was during our hiking trip around Pinnacles Nat'l Park. I was with my cuzz, Regina & Chris. When we explored thru one of the caves here, particularly the Balconies Cave, we had to climb, crawl, kneel, and squeeze to get thru the tight and narrow spaces! It was indeed an adventurous and thrilling outing this day with my hiking crew! (Outing taken place Friday, November 17, 2017) A bit about this park:
Pinnacles National Park is a United States Nat'l Park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley, about 5 miles east of Soledad & 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Pinnacles is managed by the National Park Service and the majority of the park is protected as wilderness. Differential erosion and weathering of the exposed rock created the Pinnacles that are seen today. Large-scale earth movement also created the talus caves that can also be found in the park. Deep, narrow gorges & shear fractures were transformed into caves by large chunks of rock falling from above & wedging into the cracks leaving an open area below. Talus caves aren’t traditional caves that go into the sides of mountains (like the real caves with stalactites), but they can still be really fun to explore.
Hiking along the Balconies Trail. We were headed to the Balconies Cave at this time. This was during our hiking trip around Pinnacles Nat'l Park. I was with my cuzz, Regina & Chris. When we explored thru one of the caves here, particularly the Balconies Cave, we had to climb, crawl, kneel, and squeeze to get thru the tight and narrow spaces! It was indeed an adventurous and thrilling outing this day with my hiking crew! (Outing taken place Friday, November 17, 2017) A bit about this park:
Pinnacles National Park is a United States Nat'l Park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley, about 5 miles east of Soledad & 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Pinnacles is managed by the National Park Service and the majority of the park is protected as wilderness. Differential erosion and weathering of the exposed rock created the Pinnacles that are seen today. Large-scale earth movement also created the talus caves that can also be found in the park. Deep, narrow gorges & shear fractures were transformed into caves by large chunks of rock falling from above & wedging into the cracks leaving an open area below. Talus caves aren’t traditional caves that go into the sides of mountains (like the real caves with stalactites), but they can still be really fun to explore.
A quick solo while hiking along the Balconies Trail. The Machete Ridge (cliff formation) is just up ahead. We were headed to the Balconies Cave at this time! This was during our hiking trip around Pinnacles Nat'l Park. I was with my cuzz, Regina & Chris. When we explored thru one of the caves here, particularly the Balconies Cave, we had to climb, crawl, kneel, and squeeze to get thru the tight and narrow spaces! It was indeed an adventurous and thrilling outing this day with my hiking crew! (Outing taken place Friday, November 17, 2017) A bit about this park:
Pinnacles National Park is a United States Nat'l Park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley, about 5 miles east of Soledad & 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Pinnacles is managed by the National Park Service and the majority of the park is protected as wilderness. Differential erosion and weathering of the exposed rock created the Pinnacles that are seen today. Large-scale earth movement also created the talus caves that can also be found in the park. Deep, narrow gorges & shear fractures were transformed into caves by large chunks of rock falling from above & wedging into the cracks leaving an open area below. Talus caves aren’t traditional caves that go into the sides of mountains (like the real caves with stalactites), but they can still be really fun to explore.
Taking a hike along the Balconies Trail. The Machete Ridge (cliff formation) is just up ahead. We were headed to the Balconies Cave at this time! This was during our hiking trip around Pinnacles Nat'l Park. I was with my cuzz, Regina & Chris. When we explored thru one of the caves here, particularly the Balconies Cave, we had to climb, crawl, kneel, and squeeze to get thru the tight and narrow spaces! It was indeed an adventurous and thrilling outing this day with my hiking crew! (Outing taken place Friday, November 17, 2017) A bit about this park:
Pinnacles National Park is a United States Nat'l Park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley, about 5 miles east of Soledad & 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Pinnacles is managed by the National Park Service and the majority of the park is protected as wilderness. Differential erosion and weathering of the exposed rock created the Pinnacles that are seen today. Large-scale earth movement also created the talus caves that can also be found in the park. Deep, narrow gorges & shear fractures were transformed into caves by large chunks of rock falling from above & wedging into the cracks leaving an open area below. Talus caves aren’t traditional caves that go into the sides of mountains (like the real caves with stalactites), but they can still be really fun to explore.
Time for another adventure with my crew! This was during our hiking trip around Pinnacles Nat'l Park. I was with my cuzz, Regina & Chris. It got darker as we descended into one of the caves here and at one point, it was pitch-black that we needed flashlights during the day! We had to climb, crawl, kneel, and squeeze to get thru the tight and narrow spaces! It was indeed an adventurous and thrilling outing this day with my hiking crew! (Outing taken place Friday, November 17, 2017) A bit about this park:
Pinnacles National Park is a United States Nat'l Park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley, about 5 miles east of Soledad & 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Pinnacles is managed by the National Park Service and the majority of the park is protected as wilderness. Differential erosion and weathering of the exposed rock created the Pinnacles that are seen today. Large-scale earth movement also created the talus caves that can also be found in the park. Deep, narrow gorges & shear fractures were transformed into caves by large chunks of rock falling from above & wedging into the cracks leaving an open area below. Talus caves aren’t traditional caves that go into the sides of mountains (like the real caves with stalactites), but they can still be really fun to explore.
Hiking towards the Machete Ridge (cliff/rock formation) while along the Balconies Trail. This was during our hiking trip around Pinnacles Nat'l Park. I was with my cuzz, Regina & Chris. When we explored thru one of the caves here, particularly the Balconies Cave, we had to climb, crawl, kneel, and squeeze to get thru the tight and narrow spaces! It was indeed an adventurous and thrilling outing this day with my hiking crew! (Outing taken place Friday, November 17, 2017) A bit about this park:
Pinnacles National Park is a United States Nat'l Park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley, about 5 miles east of Soledad & 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Pinnacles is managed by the National Park Service and the majority of the park is protected as wilderness. Differential erosion and weathering of the exposed rock created the Pinnacles that are seen today. Large-scale earth movement also created the talus caves that can also be found in the park. Deep, narrow gorges & shear fractures were transformed into caves by large chunks of rock falling from above & wedging into the cracks leaving an open area below. Talus caves aren’t traditional caves that go into the sides of mountains (like the real caves with stalactites), but they can still be really fun to explore.
Hiking the Balconies Trail. The Machete Ridge (cliff formation) is just up ahead. This was during our hiking trip around Pinnacles Nat'l Park. I was with my cuzz, Regina & Chris. When we explored thru one of the caves here, particularly the Balconies Cave, we had to climb, crawl, kneel, and squeeze to get thru the tight and narrow spaces! It was indeed an adventurous and thrilling outing this day with my hiking crew! (Outing taken place Friday, November 17, 2017) A bit about this park:
Pinnacles National Park is a United States Nat'l Park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley, about 5 miles east of Soledad & 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Pinnacles is managed by the National Park Service and the majority of the park is protected as wilderness. Differential erosion and weathering of the exposed rock created the Pinnacles that are seen today. Large-scale earth movement also created the talus caves that can also be found in the park. Deep, narrow gorges & shear fractures were transformed into caves by large chunks of rock falling from above & wedging into the cracks leaving an open area below. Talus caves aren’t traditional caves that go into the sides of mountains (like the real caves with stalactites), but they can still be really fun to explore.
Hiking up the Balconies Trail. The Machete Ridge (cliff formation) is visible up ahead. This was during our hiking trip around Pinnacles Nat'l Park. I was with my cuzz, Regina & Chris. When we explored thru one of the caves here, particularly the Balconies Cave, we had to climb, crawl, kneel, and squeeze to get thru the tight and narrow spaces! It was indeed an adventurous and thrilling outing this day with my hiking crew! (Outing taken place Friday, November 17, 2017) A bit about this park:
Pinnacles National Park is a United States Nat'l Park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley, about 5 miles east of Soledad & 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Pinnacles is managed by the National Park Service and the majority of the park is protected as wilderness. Differential erosion and weathering of the exposed rock created the Pinnacles that are seen today. Large-scale earth movement also created the talus caves that can also be found in the park. Deep, narrow gorges & shear fractures were transformed into caves by large chunks of rock falling from above & wedging into the cracks leaving an open area below. Talus caves aren’t traditional caves that go into the sides of mountains (like the real caves with stalactites), but they can still be really fun to explore.
Approaching the Machete Ridge while along the Balconies Trail. Just stunning here! This was during our hiking trip around Pinnacles Nat'l Park. I was with my cuzz, Regina & Chris. When we explored thru one of the caves here, particularly the Balconies Cave, we had to climb, crawl, kneel, and squeeze to get thru the tight and narrow spaces! It was indeed an adventurous and thrilling outing this day with my hiking crew! (Outing taken place Friday, November 17, 2017) A bit about this park:
Pinnacles National Park is a United States Nat'l Park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley, about 5 miles east of Soledad & 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Pinnacles is managed by the National Park Service and the majority of the park is protected as wilderness. Differential erosion and weathering of the exposed rock created the Pinnacles that are seen today. Large-scale earth movement also created the talus caves that can also be found in the park. Deep, narrow gorges & shear fractures were transformed into caves by large chunks of rock falling from above & wedging into the cracks leaving an open area below. Talus caves aren’t traditional caves that go into the sides of mountains (like the real caves with stalactites), but they can still be really fun to explore.
Our adventures during our hiking trip around Pinnacles Nat'l Park. I was with my cuzz, Regina & Chris. When we explored thru one of the caves here, particularly the Balconies Cave, we had to climb, crawl, kneel, and squeeze to get thru the tight and narrow spaces! It was indeed an adventurous and thrilling outing this day with my hiking crew! (Outing taken place Friday, November 17, 2017) A bit about this park:
Pinnacles National Park is a United States Nat'l Park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley, about 5 miles east of Soledad & 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Pinnacles is managed by the National Park Service and the majority of the park is protected as wilderness. Differential erosion and weathering of the exposed rock created the Pinnacles that are seen today. Large-scale earth movement also created the talus caves that can also be found in the park. Deep, narrow gorges & shear fractures were transformed into caves by large chunks of rock falling from above & wedging into the cracks leaving an open area below. Talus caves aren’t traditional caves that go into the sides of mountains (like the real caves with stalactites), but they can still be really fun to explore.
The Machete Ridge (cliff/rock formation) while along the Balconies Trail. This was during our hiking trip around Pinnacles Nat'l Park. I was with my cuzz, Regina & Chris. When we explored thru one of the caves here, particularly the Balconies Cave, we had to climb, crawl, kneel, and squeeze to get thru the tight and narrow spaces! It was indeed an adventurous and thrilling outing this day with my hiking crew! (Outing taken place Friday, November 17, 2017) A bit about this park:
Pinnacles National Park is a United States Nat'l Park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley, about 5 miles east of Soledad & 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Pinnacles is managed by the National Park Service and the majority of the park is protected as wilderness. Differential erosion and weathering of the exposed rock created the Pinnacles that are seen today. Large-scale earth movement also created the talus caves that can also be found in the park. Deep, narrow gorges & shear fractures were transformed into caves by large chunks of rock falling from above & wedging into the cracks leaving an open area below. Talus caves aren’t traditional caves that go into the sides of mountains (like the real caves with stalactites), but they can still be really fun to explore.
Fun day rope soloing the West Face of Machete Ridge. Best (and worst) part of being solo is you have to climb everything twice. Thanks @gabbyclimbs for the pic. #pinnacles #sportclimbing #aidclimbing #macheteridge
This weekend @don_aguacate and I tackled the Machete Ridge at Pinnacles West. This 700' beast challenged us in many ways. This route had it all!!! 500' up we had to teach ourselves how to aid climb which we did not expect. We dealt with crumbing rock and huge runnouts. Also the descent was nerve racking to say the least. Glad we made it down in one piece and I am looking forward to the next challenge. #MacheteRidge #climbing #multipitch #howdowegetdown #pinnacles
If you look close enough, you might see some specks of #climbers - Barbara and Charles at the upper end and me coming up!
Here is the 5th in a mini series I will be posting on desert bloom wildflowers. In it we see a carpet of spring desert wildflowers along the Balconies trail, in Pinnacles National Park, California. Pointed peak is Machete Ridge. Image taken March 28th 1990, in 4x5 film format. _____________________________________________ 1B6430 - Wildflowers, Balconies Trail, Pinnacles National Park, CA PHOTO TIP: Spring is definitely the time to visit this national park, tucked away in an unlikely spot between the Central Valley and the Big Sur Coast. This is a time of moderate temperatures and refreshing spring blooms. This year (2017) the annual American Alpine Club's climber's get-together will be held May 5-7. _____________________________________________ Another classic ©Ed Cooper Photo 🌄. Specializing in nature images that are unedited. All rights reserved. Contact info and link for full sized, uncropped, hi res, economy priced prints, phone cases, and many other image mediums on bio. Add me on Facebook: Ed Cooper Photography Contact me for business inquiries. _____________________________________________ I have never felt closer to my creator than when I'm in the mountains. Ed _____________________________________________
Today was a good day to start outdoor climbing again. Feeling excited about all the projects to tackle this summer and finally feeling healthy again! #pinnacles #nps #optoutside #macheteridge #outdoors #beautiful #love #yonderon
Leading "bills bad bolts" up Machete Ridge at Pinnacles with @mikeymoonstomp #rockclimbing #leadclimbing #pinnacles #boltladder #macheteridge #climbing #pinnaclesmoments
Climbing #macheteridge on the west side of #pinnaclesnationalpark with @thewildtrev #chosspile
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#MacheteRidge seen from #balconiescliffstrail - there were people #rapelling down the face
Repelling down. We're traversing the ridge line. It's like 800ft. on either side of us. @jonathanosaurus #pinnacles #climbingwithfriends #macheteridge
Into the Pinnacles
Louis #leadclimbing Dos Equis (5.8 R) at #westpinnacles #macheteridge shot with #canon6d #canon1635mm
Leaning back over the edge after about 600' of volcanic rock climbs #rockclimbing #pinnaclesnationalpark #aidclimbing #hiking #leadclimbing #sportclimbing #macheteridge #redline #billsbadbolts
Fun day of Aid and Sport climbing at Pinniacles National Park. Went up Machete Ridge with a great view of The Balconies in the background #pinnaclesnationalpark #macheteridge #redline #billsbadbolts #aidclimbing #sportclimbing #multipitch #rockclimbing #hiking
For once @perrywng and I finished a hike before the sun went down, and only had to use our flashlight for the Balconies cave. #wrongcave #nobats Easy 5.5 miles #hike Old Pinnacles trail ➡️ Balconies Cave ➡️ Balconies trail ➡️ Balconies Cliffs - Cave Loop ➡️ Old Pinnacles trail #macheteridge #hiking #pinnaclesnationalpark Now I want to buy headlamps and go back for the Bear Gulce Cave!
Standing on top of North Tower after competing the 9th pitch of the Old Original traverse of Machete Ridge @sunsetroomproductions #climbing #pinnacles #pinnaclesnationalpark #ca #oldoriginal #macheteridge #rappelling #multipitch #liveclimbrepeat #highsierrastories #lead
@sunsetroomproductions and I just completed Old Original (5.5 A0) a 9-pitch alpine style traverse of the top of Machete Ridge. Adventure climbing at its finest. #climbing #pinnacles #pinnaclesnationalpark #ca #highsierrastories #lead #liveclimbrepeat #multipitch #rappelling #macheteridge #oldoriginal
You know it's fall in California when it's 95° in the shade and only the poison oak leaves are changing color. Pinnacles National Park, on Old Pinnacles Trail to Balconies Cave, looking towards Machete Ridge. #macheteridge #balconiescave #oldpinnaclestrail ‪#pinnaclesnationalpark #themountainsarecallingandimustgo #thedesertisbeautifultoo #trailchat #briskoutdoors #californiastrong
Some more rappelling ... can you see hikers below? #macheteridge #pinnaclenationalpark
Toshi rappelling down from middle tower #macheteridge #pinnaclenationalpark
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