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White Punks on Dope - 5.8 popular

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Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure 5.00/5
  Rock Quality 4.88/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 4.88/5

Description:

A classic line. Start towards the left side of Voodoo. Belay high for the first pitch, a classic 200' rope stretcher crack with knobs (5.7) that ends under the roof. Pull the roof (5.7), then follow 4th class to the base of a classic corner. Climb the 150' corner to a large ledge (5.8+). Above the ledge, 4 bolts protect 150' of traversing slab climbing (5.8) that leads to a tree. From the tree, the preferred finish is left, up the thin finger crack. Several descent options exist.

Submitted by: virginiapine on 2006-07-04
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Route ID: 16310

17 Ascents Recorded

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Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: Ebird on 1993-09-25 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Ascent note

Great route, missed the traverse on the last pitch and headed straight up for about 100 ft. without pro--5.9--can u say Pucker Up? Talked to a friend of the first ascentionist, bolts straight up on the last pitch now?

Added: 2009-06-25

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.8
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: floridaputz on 2008-08-24 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars White Punks

Great climb with CLASSIC pitches. This is a seirra must do if 5.8-5.9 is your deal (like me) . I would do it again.

Added: 2008-08-31

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.8
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: Jeffrey on 1996-06-09 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars White Punks on Dope

Did this one with Aaron Baily. Fantastic!

Added: 2007-09-09

Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating R
  Exposure
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  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Second Second ascent by: uzibear on 2002-07-26 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars climbing years ago

climbed about five years ago; i found it rater sustained, challenging, and pretty nerve-wracking up high on the slabs; i'd definitley put it in the 5.9 range; commitment in yosemite is 5.9, and i found this climb monumentaly harder than that, but to each his own; bring a TON of small cams for the long corner, and i highly reccommend belaying in the little cave on top of the first roof (would make a short second pitch, but it's just so beautiful to hang in that cave and look out)

the approach is long; start early

for anything in the needles i'd say you want to be a very solid climber; it's the most intimidating place i've climbed; there can be wind, and you really feel like you're way out there at times (less on voodoo than on the other needles)

it really is an awesome route; not as pure perhaps as other needles classics, but more varied; on the "chimney" pitch we just climbed the slab on the outside of the chimney, but it's unprotected

perhaps others feel differently, but i found this a pretty challenging, sustained, and at times, runout climb, definitely the slab pitches at the end, or if you don't bring enough gear for the long corner (which we did in two pitches with a party of three: hanging belay up in the corner, i highly reccommend you AVOID this if possible)

as far as a party of three is concerned: we did first pitch to a bit below the overhang, which was a modest stance, then to the cave which was lovely for three, then past the chimney to the base of the corner, which was fine standing for three, then hanging in the corner (don't do it, go to the top, also, you might want big gear for the last section of the corner), top of the corner, which is ok for three, then another ledge, then the top

well, the needles is basically as good as anywhere in the world, and to me, it's probably the most amazing and majestic place i've ever been; i'll never forget coming round the corner into the area between the sorcerer and the witch, mind blowing, and for me, very intimidating

get at it!

Added: 2007-07-26

Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating R
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: leinosaur on 2007-05-19 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars clacissimo

oh yeah, baby - led pitches 2 and 4, and if that roof at the start is 5.7 there must be something other than a lieback available . . . i mean it was no problem, but if so some of the most committing 5.7 ever! and the 4th pitch slabs were wild - cool stuff, runout, not like the slabs we have at home (and we have a lot of slabs!)

Added: 2007-06-15

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