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The sunny west face of Wizard Needle.


The Wizard is another small formation that sits at the foot of the Sorcerer -- actually between the Sorcerer and the Sorcerer's Apprentice. It has a host of obscure climbs on its west face and southern flank, as well as its upper shoulder. The most famous route on it is perhaps Yellow Brick Road (5.9) on the west side. I seem to recall a story about a climber who got his knee irreversibly stuck in a wide crack high on this route. His partner had to rappel back to the ground, run up to the ridge, and head all the way up to the lookout tower for help. Apparently he was able to procure the assistance of a couple other climbers and a large bottle of vegetable oil which provided the needed lubricant to get his partner out of the "jam."

Getting There 

Depending on the location of your climb, you can approach from between the Magician and Sorcerer, or by following directions listed on the Sorcerer's Apprentice page.

Climbing Season

For the The Needles area.

Weather station 10.8 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in The Wizard

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Wizard:
Yellow Brick Road   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch of Yellow Brick Rd.  The climber in ye...

Yellow Brick Road 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  California : Southern Sierra : ... : The Wizard
Face traverse (somewhat exciting) into a handcrack splitting the obvious streak of yellow lichen. You will come across the remains of a salad oil bottle as the handcrack widens into an offwidth (lieback this, lest you need a similar bottle), terminating onto a huge ledge. (Rap anchors for a Brian Jonas sport route are at the left end of this ledge if you need them for some reason -- you do not want to be on top of the Wizard in a storm, for example.) The next pitch is the business -- thin dih...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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