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West Rib 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c PG13

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 250'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c PG13 [details]
FA: P. Muehl, P. Dellanoy, T. Nelson, J. Page (May 1983)
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Submitted By: harrison t on Aug 6, 2015

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This is a classy Needles adventure route with good exposure! With modern gear it protects pretty well. Great warmup for it's big brother 'The Naked Rib' on the Bartizan.

Pitch 1) Climb crack until it ends, move left to the exposed rib past a good bolt and several gear placements. Continue up the rib past a very old bolt protecting a short steep section, all the way to a 2 bolt anchor and good belay seat.

Pitch 2) Pull crux? off belay and continue up the rib finding good gear to an airy step across move to more good gear. (right below the step across will be a 2 bolt anchor for 'There and Back Again') Shortly after passing another new set of chain anchors, you'll arrive to 'Thrains' anchor. (2 good bolts, 2 buttonheads and cord)


Start at crack just right of center on the downhill (SW) end of the formation.
80m or double rope rap from 'Thrains' anchor down south side.


micro to 2, nuts, rps. offset cams are nice.
2 pro bolts
both belays are bolted w/ webbing

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By harrison t
From: Black Hills, SD
Aug 6, 2015

May deserve an R/X until the second bolt on pitch 1 gets replaced
By Chris Hirsch
From: Rapid City, SD
Jun 26, 2017
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R

Bolt and anchor on first pitch replaced by BHCC 6/23/17. If rapping from first pitch anchor; it's equalized to the NW side.

Great route, but the gear above each bolt is not worth putting in.

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