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3 April 1960
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As seen best from due east, say, the Missile Range Base, the E Face of the Needle is divided into two parts: the southern part is indented, impressively vertical, and sports a great black spot about halfway up; the northern half is really northeast facing and forms a great sweeping ramp whose angle ever increases as it rises. The line of demarcation of these two halves is thus a long, curving pseudo-ridge. The route goes more or less up this "ridge". After about 500 feet of elevation a point is reached from which you can look out onto the true E Face at the level of the Black Spot. (Although the E Face has been assaulted several times, it has not been climbed to date and remains one of the "three last problems" of the Organs.) Continue up the "ridge" until the two faces merge into one; there is a tower here and a blade of rock continuing upward. Keep to the right of this blade (to the left is just a walk up a very brushy gully) and climb some slabs and small open chimneys. You eventually emerge through a narrow gap onto the summit plateau of the Needle with Buzzard Peak, a subsidiary summit, immediately on your right. Walk to the western, proper summit

Submitted by: LongReach on 2008-04-18
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Route ID: 93140