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Eye of the Needle 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

   
Type:  Sport, 3 pitches, 200', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: James & Franziska Garrett, April 2005
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Submitted By: Jason Stevens on Jan 21, 2012

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Threading the Needle... literally

Description 

Climb two pitches to the Eye of the needle or hole in the wall. Pitch three threads the eye and climbs the back of the wall (opposite the road) via bolts to gain the summit of the small tower. Rap back into the eye from bolts to the right (east), then two raps back to the ground. A cool summit register is located at the belay station in the needles eye.

Location 

If you are facing down-canyon at the cattle guard, the wall is directly in front of you.

Protection 

bolts


Photos of Eye of the Needle Slideshow Add Photo
Up at the Eye....
Up at the Eye....
Mark on the summit
Mark on the summit
First pitch of "Eye of the Needle"
First pitch of "Eye of the Needle"
The Eye of the Needle
BETA PHOTO: The Eye of the Needle
Starting up the 2nd pitch
Starting up the 2nd pitch
May PEZ be with you.
May PEZ be with you.
The Eye of the Needle
BETA PHOTO: The Eye of the Needle
Hanging out in the Eye...
Hanging out in the Eye...

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By Tim Hadfield
From: Steamboat Springs, Co
Apr 14, 2012

I'm giving this route 4 stars, because of it's uniqueness. Anything that gets me to laugh out loud while climbing will always get great accolades from me! Super fun crimping on the first pitch, second pitch is long and consistent, and the final bit through the needle to the top will get your grin on! Still, with only a few people signed in on the summit register, this thing will clean up to be a classic. Thanks James.
By Joe Forrester
From: Ft. Collins, CO
Apr 21, 2014

This was a great climb! Well protected and fun face climbing! The rock in the "eye" is really wild and worth the trip in and of itself. Great score!

We found it was easier to approach by hiking up to the far left side of the wall, then traverse around to the start of the climb.

Be careful of knocking rocks down on your belayer. Make sure to wear a helmet.