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The Witch is the major formation just past the Sorcerer. The amphitheater formed by these two rocks holds the highest concentration of Needles' classics. Most climbs are on the west face -- this can be approached by a small access point near the top of the formation.
Hike the trail past the Sorcerer. Decend through a notch to the South very near the West face of the Witch.
18 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Witch:
Innersanctum 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 500'
Igor Unchained 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 3 pitches
Witch Doctor 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
Phosphorescent Flow 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a R Trad, 1 pitch
Pizzazz 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 160'
Airy Interlude 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches
Wicked West of the Witch 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b R Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Gorilla Warfare 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
The Pit & The Pendulum 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
Spook Book 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R Trad, 4 pitches
The Entity 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R Trad, 4 pitches, 450'
Green Tide 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c R Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Terrorvision 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c PG13 Trad, 1 pitch
Ankles Away 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 230'
Pegleg 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
Pulp Friction 5.12+ 7c 28 IX E6 6b R Trad, 1 pitch, 180'
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The Entity 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R CA : The Needles / Kern River : ... : The Witch
This forgotten Kodas/Laeger classic parallels its better known Kamps/Laeger neighbor Spook Book in quality and commitment to minimal fixed gear. Plenty of route finding challenges.Just downhill from the left facing dihedral right of Shazam is a thin seam that starts about 40 feet up (see photo). Climb up an easy corner, pass a small roof where the crack blanks out up to another small roof on the left, then up to a rusty old 1/4" bolt below the seam. A bit dicey before the bolt - 5.10a/b-R. F...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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