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Needle TR wall aka Uphill Slab 

YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  TR, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Nate Christiansen on Jan 1, 2002

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Description 

This is the slab to the right of the overhung sport routes on the Needle. Many variations can be made from this wall, and that makes it a great place for some beginners. There are possibly 5.7-5.11 variations. To set up the top rope, the ramp on the right side is an easy 5.0 scramble to the summit.

Protection 

Long runners off 2 1/4 inch bolts and chains on summit.


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Atop "Needle TR wall aka Uphill Slab".
Atop "Needle TR wall aka Uphill Slab".
A diffucult climb in a walking cast!
A diffucult climb in a walking cast!
Trent Watkins TRs the Uphill Slab, the Needle.
Trent Watkins TRs the Uphill Slab, the Needle.
Climbing a bit to the left (we thought 5.9-), but ...
Climbing a bit to the left (we thought 5.9-), but ...
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Leading "Needle TR wall aka Uphill Slab"...

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By Nick Zmyewski
From: Newark, Delaware
Jul 13, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R

I lead this climb, you can get a small piece out right near the beginning and then traverse left to the line and get a nut in after a bit of climbing and then more gear in the second higher break. You wouldn't want to fall in the middle though before getting that second piece. Really fun if you're comfortable at the grade.
By Dominic Rickicki
Jul 12, 2014

This is a fully bolted route currently. No gear or slinging is necessary. Totally safe, I guess there's swing potential from the last bolt to the chains, but the climbing is super easy from here. I'd call this a high quality climb really. It has fun easy movements that are good for teaching people to trust their feet. The guidebook has it rated as 8-, and I'd say that's accurate just because every person I put on this route insists on trying to climb the dihedral thing instead of good face holds out left along the bolt line, and there's a thin move to get from the dihedral back to the good face holds. Basically the best beta is to stay left.