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The Warlock

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Dragon's Back T 
Flying Warlocks T 
Ghostbumps T 
Howling, The T,S 
Imaginary Voyage T 
Planet Waves T 
Romantic Warrior T 
S Crack T 
Sarcophagus, The T 
Sea of Tranquility T 
South Face T 
Spell, The T 
Titanic, The T 
Unknown T,S 

The Warlock Rock Climbing 

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Location: 36.10666, -118.47894 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Jun 18, 2006


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View west from the last pitch of Imaginary Voyage.


This is the awesome triple-tiered tower that crowns the end of the ridge. It is home to some of the longer, harder routes of the Needles such as The Romantic Warrior and Sea of Tranquility. A few short classics like the Howling and the Titantic are also located here. Climbs go up all sides of the Warlock, and your approach may vary depending on where you want to climb.

Decent from the summit involves rapping (two ropes) to the North.

Getting There 

Climbs on the upper North, West, and East faces are accessed via the main trail. Climbs that begin on the lower reaches of the Warlock can be accessed from this point as well (via rappels), or by decending down between the Sorcerer and Witch and hiking all the way around, or by approaching from Voodoo Dome (separate trailhead). I'm not sure which way is the most expedient...

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Weather station 10.1 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Warlock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Warlock:
Imaginary Voyage   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
South Face   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 8 pitches, 800'   
The Howling   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches   
Ghostbumps   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   
The Spell   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Flying Warlocks   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Planet Waves   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Sea of Tranquility   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 5 pitches   
Romantic Warrior   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 9 pitches   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The South Face of Warlock Needle

South Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13  CA : Southern Sierra : ... : The Warlock
This route has a very distinct psychological crux, 3 to 5 pitches up depending on where you belay, as you leave the large formation known as the Pedestal. The face traverse is technically easy but nervy; rest assured that you will have plenty of exposure and a spectacular view for these moves. Lower down there are a number of "don't screw this up" moves with dubious protection, par for the course on the longer routes ascending the south face of the Warlock. There is also a good deal...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: West face of the Warlock, as seen from the summit ...
West face of the Warlock, as seen from the summit ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Warlock from White Punks on Dope.
The Warlock from White Punks on Dope.

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By sqwirll
From: Las Vegas
Jul 26, 2011
We were able to rappel down the northeast face using a single 60m rope.

Rap 1 - a short rap (80') down the summit block from the eastern most chains. Rap past an anchor to a second anchor on a big ledge (approximately 50' right of the last pitch of Imaginary Voyage). There is a rope connecting the upper and lower anchors for some reason.

Rap 2 - Rap a FULL 100' down and right. Just over the ridge is a set of anchors that you will have to reach down and clip in with a 60m rope. Kind of sketchy. I'm not sure why the anchor wasn't installed 5' up higher.

Rap 3 - Rap a 100' down and angling slightly left to reach the ground.
By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Dec 11, 2012
For a rappel-topo and interesting historical notes, visit here

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