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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.
14 Total Routes
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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 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
Sleight of Hand 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b Trad, 2 pitches
Thin Ice 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches
Lost at Sea 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch
Pinhead 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Wailing Banshees 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches, 250'
The Raven 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch
The Don Juan Wall 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 5 pitches
Ice Pirates 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches
Tradewinds 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Atlantis 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a PG13 Trad, 4 pitches
Scirocco 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 150'
Davy Jones' Locker 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 100'
Pyromania 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
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Scirocco 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a CA : The Needles / Kern River : ... : The Sorcerer
This is the crowning jewel of sport climbs at the Needles. In an area that is known for its soaring corner systems and beautiful trad climbs, in many ways, this is a counterpoint: A soaring, flawless arete, protected by a handful of draws...But this is no Boulder Canyon sport route -- expect to earn the clips. High on the route there is a 20' run to a bolt, followed immediatly by a 25' run to the next one! Serious air is possible on this route, which is supposedly Yaniro's "favorite" climb.A...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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