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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, 60 ft
FA: Laurence Stuemke, 1990
Page Views: 78 total, 1/month
Shared By: Shirtless Mike on Aug 25, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Start up easy ground to a high first bolt. Clip and make some cool moves trending leftwards to the second and third bolts. At the third bolt, commit to the crux a section of cool sidepulls and heelhooks with some long reaches. Make a committing move to reach the fourth bolt and a good rest. If working the route a long draw might be nice here so you can clip earlier. Rest up, reach up and clip the 5th bolt, and commit to one more thin crimpy section. Continue up on very easy ground to the anchors placed on nearly flat ground.

This was my favorite of the sport routes on the Needle, although we didn't try "Temple of the Dog."


This is the rightmost of the bolted lines on The Needle, it is the furthest line uphill.


5 bolts to an awkwardly placed rap anchor. Watch out for rope drag while lowering (even with draws in place), and cleaning while on rappel is a major PITA.


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