Avg: 2.6 from 5 votes
|Type:||Sport, 90 ft|
|Page Views:||1,171 total · 9/month|
|Shared By:||John Gunnels on Sep 4, 2007|
|Admins:||Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty|
In all my years of climbing in the Needles, I have never seen anyone climb this route. Too bad... 'cause it's beautiful. Even though it's "just a 7", the opening moves have a bit of a bouldery flavor. After topping the small "pinnacle", clip the first old bolt and make a couple delicate moves to the first of several jugs. Clip the second old bolt and move through the crux up and right through a few sloping holds. Keep your EYES OPEN for the third, relatively new BEEFY bolt that appears just as your nerves begin to rattle. Two options exist to finish. Either rappel from the first set of old 1/4 anchors with weathered slings, or continue past the bulge through unprotected knobs to a newer set of bolts and slings. A single 60m rope will reach the ground from the first anchors... but I'm not sure about the upper rappel station. (Thunder and lightning forced an early retreat...)
Immediately right of "Better Than Pool & Pie" you'll see all kinds of tourists admiring the "small waterfall". M & M's begins on the arete just right of this "water feature".