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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.
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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
Phosphorescent Flow 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a R Trad, 1 pitch
Witch Doctor 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
Airy Interlude 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches
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
Gorilla Warfare 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
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'
Ankles Away 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 230'
Terrorvision 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c PG13 Trad, 1 pitch
Pegleg 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
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Igor Unchained 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a CA : The Needles / Kern River : ... : The Witch
A classic introduction to the Needles. 5.9++.Descend into the main amphitheater and locate the first obvious crack system that splits the entire Witch ground to summit. This system is immediately right (and well below) the obvious traverse crack of Airy Interlude.P1: Climb a really long, sustained hand crack through bulges to a belay stance. 5.9+P2: Climb a really long, sustained hand crack through bulges to a sloping ledge system. 5.9+P3: Take off from the right end of the big, sloping l...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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