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Needle Rap Route T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Needle, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Thread the Needle T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Type: Trad, 200 ft, 2 pitches, Grade II
FA: unknown
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Shared By: SeanKuus Kuusinen on Aug 8, 2010
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This is the classic line up The Needle. Cruiser climbing and airy exposure make this a great first multi-pitch trad lead or follow, not to mention a fun rappel.

P1. Start at the base of the Needle. Stay left and follow blocky features that offer good pro to a small roof. This roof offers good pro and a fun move, but can also be circumvented. Belay 25 to 40 feet below the big roof (5.7).

P2. Either climb the well-protected roof (5.8) or go around right to the southeast side of The Needle (5.7). Enjoy the summit!

Descend via the slung boulder at the top. One rope gets you to a rap station about 80' down. From there, you can reach the ground.

Protection

Standard rack to 3.5".

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Maybe avoid during nesting season, had an encounter last summer, and it was not pleasant for either party I can imagine.... Feb 25, 2016