Type: Trad, Aid, 275 ft (83 m), 2 pitches
FA: Fred Beckey, Eric Bjornstad, Lou Dawson, Reid Condiff, May, 1975
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Shared By: Bill Duncan on Jan 16, 2020
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, GRK, D C

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Quoting Eric Bjornstad:
The Sewing Machine Needle is the spectacularly thin spire in the butte visible from Hite Marina on Lake Powell, when looking to the north.  The tower is named on the Browns Rim USGS quadrangle and the Trails Illustrated map "Canyonlands Maze District and Northeast Glen Canyon."
Climb the best looking crack at the base of the southwest face to a belay below the vertical shaft of the needle.
From the third ascent party:
Easy free climb with a move of 5.7 or 5.8 near the top of first pitch.
The second pitch was aid, small pins and cams. The crux was a crumbling spot 1/3 of the way up where TCU's were kind of blowing out. However good gear wasn't far below.

This is included here to differentiate this nice looking tower from the MFT just down the road.  I'll need to dig through my photos of the last trip through here, but will post some asap.  I also asked the third ascent team for theirs too.

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Follow the NP633 road north from near Hite Marina for about 25 miles.  It's the only road heading north between the two bridges, and the same road one uses to access the Maze.  You'll first reach The Middle Finger Tower about 5 miles before the Sewing Machine Needle, which is located at ​37.969002, -110.274533​​​

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Standard desert rack