Old Man and Old Woman Pinnacles
Approximately 280 feet in height, Old Man Pinnacle stands with Old Woman as dominant features above the North Umpqua River. Between the two, there are four established routes ranging from 5.4 to 5.11c. Dilley’s Delight (5.9, approx. 160 ft, trad) is one of the more popular climbs on the Umpqua, while The Prize (5.11c, approx. 260 ft, sport) is considered by many to be an Oregon classic. It is also not unusual to see climbers making a Tyrolean between Old Man and Old Woman.
- The rappel off either pinnacle requires a minimum of two 50-meter ropes.
- When rappelling from on top Old Man into the uphill notch, be aware that strong afternoon winds are the norm.
- Rappelling by way of The Prize is not recommended without aid gear for climbing rope. The route is overhanging enough that one can easily miss a rappel anchor and become suspended away from the rock.
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