Both pitches of Spooky offer fantastic and relaxed climbing compared to the more sustained nature of most routes at the Needles. Thus Spooky makes for an ideal end of the day climb despite what its name might imply. It is often climbed as a continuation of the most classic moderate at the Needles, Thin Ice (5.10, 3 pitches). In other words you climb Thin Ice on the Sorcerer, rap down to the Sorcerer/Charlatan col, then climb the south face of the Charlaton to its top via Spooky.
You can climb Spooky in two pitches or one long pitch. The route breaks nicely into two short pitches. There really is nothing "spooky" about this route. It is real straight forward and one of the easier moderates at the Needles. The first pitch is a beautiful hands corner that starts off with some easy run out slab to reach the bottom of the corner. At the top of the corner you reach a large ledge with a fixed station. From there, a short section of off-width up another corner leads to juggy, stem climbing to the summit of Charlatan.
Either climb Thin Ice and rap down to the col or rap down to the col from the summit of Charlatan itself to start the route.
Route DescriptionSpooky, 175’+/-, 5.9
1st Pitch- 25m- 5.9/ From the col, climb up the unprotected slab on the southeast corner of the Charlatan to the base of a perfect hand-crack corner. Climb the relatively short corner to a large ledge with a fixed belay/rap station in its floor. This fixed station is in place so you can rap from the summit with a single rope to do the route. You can build a station in the base of the wide crack or combine the two pitches by long slinging any pro you place at the end of the hand crack/corner and at the beginning of the short off width crack/corner.
2nd Pitch- 30m- 5.9/Climb the off-width to its top and make a fun stem traverse left to access juggy (but good pro) features to the top of the Charlatan.