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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- 15 HVS 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
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Type: TR, 70 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Nate Christiansen on Dec 31, 2001 with updates from jseymer Seymer
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is the slab to the right of the overhung sport routes on the Needle. Many variations can be made from this wall, and that makes it a great place for some beginners. There are possibly 5.7-5.11 variations. To set up the top rope, the ramp on the right side is an easy 5.0 scramble to the summit.


4 bolts on the face and anchor chains out right.


Nick Zmyewski
Newark, Delaware
  5.8 R
Nick Zmyewski   Newark, Delaware
  5.8 R
I lead this climb, you can get a small piece out right near the beginning and then traverse left to the line and get a nut in after a bit of climbing and then more gear in the second higher break. You wouldn't want to fall in the middle though before getting that second piece. Really fun if you're comfortable at the grade. Jul 13, 2012
Dom R
Estes Park, CO
Dom R   Estes Park, CO
This is a fully bolted route currently. No gear or slinging is necessary. Totally safe, I guess there's swing potential from the last bolt to the chains, but the climbing is super easy from here. I'd call this a high quality climb really. It has fun easy movements that are good for teaching people to trust their feet. The guidebook has it rated as 8-, and I'd say that's accurate just because every person I put on this route insists on trying to climb the dihedral thing instead of good face holds out left along the bolt line, and there's a thin move to get from the dihedral back to the good face holds. Basically the best beta is to stay left. Jul 12, 2014

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