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The east face of the Sorcerer is very steep and home to some of the most classic climbs in the Needles. The major lines, right to left are: Scirocco (12a), Wailing Banshees (11-), Don Juan (11b), Thin Ice/Ice Pirates, and Atlantis (11c). The Fire Wall is beautiful glowing wall that stands apart from the main wall on the lower east face. It is home to a few one pitch testpieces including the arching undercling of Pyromania (13b).
Approach most climbs by decending a narrow passage between the Sorcerer and Witch (closer to the Witch). Climbs are then accessed by a long ramp system along the base of the wall.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Sorcerer:
Stars and Stripes Forever 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
Thin Ice 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches
Lost at Sea 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch
Pinhead 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Wailing Banshees 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches, 250'
Ice Pirates 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches
The Raven 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch
The Don Juan Wall 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 5 pitches
Tradewinds 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Atlantis 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad, 4 pitches
Scirocco 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 150'
Davy Jones' Locker 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 100'
Pyromania 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
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Wailing Banshees 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CA : Southern Sierra : ... : The Sorcerer
Make a few hard moves off the ground and clip a bolt then continue upward over decent rock to the first anchor (apx. 70'). Pitch #2: Climb the crack up to where the corner shoots off right. Protect high in crack and then go right (crux) and fire up the corner. Continue up and place small (less than inspiring) gear where you can get it. The climbing becomes easier as you get higher and the gear gets better up high... You are then at the anchors of Scirocco. Make 2 raps to the ground ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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