Ultimately three pitches (pitch 1 can be done in 220' with the simul on easy ground for leader and cleaner). Crack climbing with abundant face holds. Just when you feel you're in trouble a good hold or jamb will present itself. Pro is bomber. Sew it up!
Submitted by: addiroids on 2002-07-08
Route ID: 9261
Did this route first, as a 'welcome to the Needles'. My partner and I had a great time on it. Its fairly sustained all the way to the top. I was initially a little intimidated leading P3, but fortunately a good hold showed up as it was needed.The pro seemed a bit tricky at the bottom, but soon was able to start plugging good gear. We used my 70m rope, and that worked well.
Given the majesty of the location and the great routes, its a surprising how few other climbers were around. Maybe the over-abundance of flies contributed to that - I don't know.
Good hands, some moves around a bulge, some thin sections. Definately 5.9. Pretty good but nowhere near the best 5.9 or the hardest. Climbed the whole thing in one pitch, some sumuling. Looks better from the ground than what you find while climbing.