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Needle Rap Route 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 200', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Art Higbee?
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Submitted By: SeanKuus Kuusinen on Aug 8, 2010

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BETA PHOTO: The rap route is also a fun 5.8.

Description 

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.

Protection 

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


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By Bryan Gilmore
From: New England
Aug 27, 2010

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!

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