Elevation: 6,230 ft
GPS: 43.839, -103.536 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Andrew Gram on Jun 28, 2002
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

Description

The Tenpins/Switchbacks area is in between the Needles Eye area and the Cathedral Spires parking lot along the Needles Highway. The Ten Pins is the most interesting cluster of spires along Needles Highway. Tent Peg and the Tricouni Nail are classic reasonably protected moderates. End Pin, Hairy Pin, and Superpin are classic testpieces requiring a cool head and willingness to do hard 5.10 friction moves a *long* way above gear. There are a number of other interesting spires in the area besides the Ten Pins for those willing to explore.

Getting There

Pass through the Needles Eye area, and descend down a series of steep switchbacks on the Needles Highway. At the bottom of th switchbacks, look on the right side of the road for a cluster of impressive skinny tower next to the road - these are the Ten Pins. Park in a pullout and struggle through the 15 foot approach.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Tenpins/Switchbacks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 17
North Face
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 70
Tent Peg
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 135
Cerberus
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
Anchors Away
Sport
Fin
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 8
Phallus
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 39
On Little Cat Feet
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 22
Tee The Ball
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 23
Dakota-Illinois
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Laptad-Prince route
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 16
Loss of Sensation
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 37
Nantucket Sleighride
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b X
 18
Barber Route
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b X
 18
Cleveland Route
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b X
 8
Quartz Jester
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 22
End Pin
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
North Face Podunk Pinnacle
 17
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Tent Peg Tent Peg
 70
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Cerberus Tricouni Nail/Cerberus
 135
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Anchors Away Fin
 18
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Phallus Phallus
 8
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
On Little Cat Feet Sandberg Peak
 39
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Tee The Ball Someone Else's Peg
 22
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
Dakota-Illinois Dakota-Illinois
 23
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Laptad-Prince route King Pin
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Loss of Sensation Reunion Rock
 16
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Nantucket Sleighride Moby Dick
 37
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad
Barber Route Superpin
 18
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b X Trad
Cleveland Route Hairy Pin
 18
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b X Trad
Quartz Jester King Pin
 8
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b X Trad
End Pin End Pin
 22
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
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