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Routes in The Needle

Bustin' Move S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Damage Done, The S,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Descent Route T,TR 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c R
Momentary Lapse of Ethics S,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Needle TR wall aka Uphill Slab TR 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
North Lieback T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
South Face T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Suburban Hangover S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Temple of the Dog S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Type: Sport, 70 ft
FA: Lawrence Stuemke & Jim Hurst, 1991.
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Shared By: Nate Christiansen on Dec 31, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Suburban Hangover is the first route you see on the Needle. There are a series of seriously overhung sport routes and SH is the farthest to you left. The crux is getting up to the first bolt. A stick clip is highly recommended as a fall would be most painful. Don't underestimate the 10c rating when bouldering up to the bolt.


6 draws and a long sling if wanting to top rope. This anchor shares with the route to the right as well.


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Eli Helmuth
Ciales, PR
Eli Helmuth   Ciales, PR
If you come into the first bolt from the right and clip it at your waist, this route feels more like an easy Eldo 10a or pumpy 5.9.

First bolt is a good candidate for stick clipping, and there is usually a large branch at the base for this purpose. Jul 8, 2011
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Gillett's book says four bolts, but it's really five bolts to a two bolt anchor. Jul 4, 2008
Mitch Musci
Estes Park, CO
Mitch Musci   Estes Park, CO
The first bolt is a bit high, but there is a nice jug to clip off of. Just gun for it and have a good spotter. Jun 11, 2007