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Type: Trad, 200 ft, 2 pitches, Grade II
FA: Art Higbee?
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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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Another fun route up The Needle. This route climbs exactly where you rap, so it's a good option after climbing the standard route, as you're at the start after rapping. Otherwise, start on the southeast side of The Needle at the base of a right-leaning finger and hand crack.

P1: Climb the crack until it ends. Step right onto the face where good pro is found to the rap anchor. Belay here.

P2: Start up the right-facing corner, then move left on to the face to the summit.

Rap the route.


I recall a crucial #4 placement. Otherwise a standard rack will do.


Bryan Gilmore
New England
Bryan Gilmore   New England
Sorry, this is not a new route. I did it at least once in the early '90s, and it was suggested to me by the late Art Higbee, so he had done it too, and he hadn't been out there in like 15 years! Aug 27, 2010

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