As with its northerly neighbors, the Grenadiers, the Needles provide for some of the best backcountry mountaineering in the area. Huge potential exists on The Organ, Thompson Peak and others just to the south of the more popular and easier accessed Eolus, Sunlight, and Windom peaks. To the north of the peaks around Chicago Basin, lie the drainages of Ruby and Noname Creeks and these contain nice technical lines on peaks like Animas Mtn., The Index, Knife Point, Peak Ten, and of course Jagged. Though the Needles contain some very poor rock, there are those faces and spires which (for those who are in the know,) will yield some fantastic new routes.
My favorite approach is by getting off the train at Needleton and either taking Chicago Creek, Ruby Creek, or Noname Creek trails to within base camp distance of my objective.
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Naked Lady Couloir Mod. Snow CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Snowdon Peak
I am not sure where this name came from, my nephew & his buddies call it that - I always called it the West Face Couloir.Climb the obvious couloir. It intersects with the exposed scrambling of the upper NW Ridge....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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