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SW arete

SW arete

SW arete

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Object Title: SW arete

Route Type: Trad Climbing

Season: Spring

Time Required: Most of a day

Rock Difficulty: 5.11d (YDS)

Difficulty: Very difficult

Number of Pitches: 5

Grade: III

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Jeremy Hakes

Created/Edited: Apr 20, 2008 / Dec 2, 2009

Object ID: 397609

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This route ascends the arete that borders the light/shadow line in the primary image. There are a series of large huecos up high that could be used for gear/holds. The entire route overhangs some 50-100'.

Getting There

Same as the other TH, but traversing along the south side underneath the rock.

Route Description

Follow the scary arete to the top. Traverse east to the summit, descend NE gully route from bolted rap anchor.

Essential Gear

Pitons? Varying gear? Not sure, although I have heard rumor that one of the climbing guide companies (San Juan Guides?) has guided people up this route.

External Links


Needle Rock, Delta County, Colorado