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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: Trad, 110 ft
FA: unknown
Page Views: 112 total, 1/month
Shared By: Rich Kelly on May 27, 2007
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Follow the crack/chimney formed by the right side of the pillar climbing either the crack or the face to the right of it to the top of the pillar. This is easy (5.5ish) and can be protected here and there with wires and a chockstone. The bolt just above the top of the pillar protects the crux of the climb which involves some steep face climbing with good holds. Keep heading straight up clipping one more bolt and one more piece of gear (wire) before arriving at the top. There is no fixed anchor here so set up your own belay.

To descend, climb over the top (easy) to the chains on the N. face.

Location

From the approach trail, head to the left side of the Needle till you see the 40' pillar leaning against the S. face.

Protection

Standard rack + 2 bolts.

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Mitch Musci
Estes Park, CO
Mitch Musci   Estes Park, CO
The crux is definitely old school 5.7 - the holds aren't that good and the feet are tricky. Still a nice line. Jun 28, 2007