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This area in on the border of Arizona and New Mexico, about 17 miles north of Fort Defiance, (Which is north of Gallup, New Mexico). There are 4 major spires in the area; Cleopatra's Needle (Which could very well be the skinnest spire in the world), Venus Needle, Navajo Needle, and Angel Wing.
Drive north from Fort Defiance for about 17 miles to this area. Angel Wing is the only spire visible from the main road;... the others are back on dirt roads to the east.
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Cleopatra's Needle, East Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A3 Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 275'
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Cleopatra's Needle, East Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A3 AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : Cleopatra's Needle Area
This climb is 3 pitches. The formation just sort of jets out of a flat field;..there are dirt roads directly to the base of the formation. The first pitch (climbs the pedestal) starts on the right side of the East Face and diagonals up and left to a ledge at the base of the actual steep "headwall" section. The first pitch is sort of loose, sort of junky, and about 5.8. Pitch two is where the "business" starts; make a 5.9 move to a ledge, traverse right to the main crack a...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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