Type: Trad, 70 ft
FA: Royal Robbins
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Shared By: Andrew Gram on Jul 2, 2002
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

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This is one of the best routes in the Needles, and is a must do for any climber. The climbing is fantastic, the summit is very cool, and the simulrap is exhilarating.

From the gully between Tricouni Nail and Queen Pin, look for a few old fixed pins on a steep face. Climb past the drilled pins to a good stance on a shoulder. Sling the shoulder and move up and left towards a ring bolt, placing a medium stopper in a seam along the way to avoid a groudfall. Traverse right at the ringbolt to another bolt, and then fire for the top on good crystals.

The route is only half over on top. Belay the follower from the top. To rappel, toss one end of the rope off either side with the rope laying in between two of the horns. Take a deep breath, and make a counterweight rappel off opposite ends of the spire. The simulrappel or Needles rappel is pretty commonly used to descend from summits with no anhors in the Needles area, and this is one summit that seems to have been designed for this technique.


Quickdraws for bolts and pins, long runner for a flake, medium stoppers.


Peter Gram
Portland, OR
Peter Gram   Portland, OR  

This is one of my favorite routes in the Needles. The climbing is very fun, the protection is more than adequate, and the simul-rappel off the summit horns is classic. Feb 5, 2003
Fun. Found it very open mid-late afternoon.Met a pair of climbers visiting from Japan. They drove over from the tower just to do this one route before heading back. Jul 24, 2005
Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
Great climb for sure! We climbed there last week (9-12-2006) and never saw any other climbers. Lots of tourists taking our photos though. =) The route has three pitons down low, the flake to sling, a nice crack perfect for a #9 BD wired stopper, a ring pin and a final bolt before the summit--nicely protected!

The summit perch is amazing and the simul-rap was a blast!! Sep 17, 2006
Favorite of my trip. As usual around here a little run out but the ring bolt half way up looks fairly new and would protect well. For the decent I lowered my second on the route side of the pin and then used him as my anchor to lower on the single strand down the other side with a 60m rope. Jul 22, 2007
Bob Kryzer
Bob Kryzer   Minnesota
This route offers some great protection low on ther route to avoid ground falls, and some of the needles classic run outs near the top. Even has the best simul-rap in all of the black hills! Its totaly a classic! Oct 31, 2007
randy baum
Minneapolis, MN
randy baum   Minneapolis, MN
Flake half-way up nicely takes a blue TCU. What a summit! Jul 15, 2008
Here's a video of Brent leading Tricouni at the BHCC Pinfest in July 2008.
video.google.com/videoplay?… Aug 17, 2008
Here is a link to photos of Brent climbing Tricouni and Eric just finishing the lead on Super Pin during July 2008 BHCC Pinfest:
picasaweb.google.com/wednes… Aug 17, 2008
Rich F.
Colorado Springs, CO
Rich F.   Colorado Springs, CO
If you're curious about the strength of that funky ring bolt/pin above the flake -- I ops tested it and the ring held quite well. Mental note for next time -- traverse right onto the shoulder from the ring pin. While I fell on lead at that spot a couple times, my wife climbed straight to the top with no problems at all. A truly great climb, as my wife reminded me several times this weekend :-) Sep 5, 2011
Kevin Dahlstrom
Boulder, CO
Kevin Dahlstrom   Boulder, CO
Fun, well protected route and neat summit but the climbing itself is pretty run-of-the-ordinary 5.8 face climbing. Jul 21, 2012
Calvin Coffin
Concord, MA
Calvin Coffin   Concord, MA
What sort of anchor is it possible to build at the top? Feb 15, 2018
Eric Sorte
Albuquerque, NM
Eric Sorte   Albuquerque, NM
You can throw a sling around one of the knobs at the top for an anchor. The simul-rap was really fun. Great climb. It took us a minute to find it, as the towers kind of look the same and it's hard to tell where photos are taken from. But the three knobs on top make it distinctive. Sep 9, 2018