05/21/20 w/Ethan Meide
Breathtaking views, enjoyable climbing!
Lots of climbing here! Endless day trips possible! We climbed 10 routes in an afternoon.
Newbie Wanker when I was last there. Scared myself but loved every minute! Can't wait to go back
Tons of climbing, hiking and adventure. We climbed multiple routes. Was, am aching to try The Bus Traverse.
Mary and I stopped at the Needles on our way back east during our 2007 road trip. We climbed some really cool stuff.
August 17, 2007 - Spire One (5.7, 3 pitches), Spire Two (5.7, 2 pitches), Balcony Point (5.9, 1 pitch) - On our first day in the area, we went to check out the Cathedral Spires and started with Spire 1, which was recommended as a good intro climb in our guidebook. The chimney on the first pitch was really tedious, but winding around the spire on the upper pitches was really unique. Afterwards, we hit up Spire 2 and the nice roof crack on Balcony Point. We finished off the day with a drive on the wildlife loop road, where we saw some really nice donkeys. A huge thunderstorm rolled in and we stopped for dinner to wait it out.
August 18, 2007 - Bloody Spire (5.8, 2 pitches), Hitching Post (5.5, 1 pitch), Bellringer - Summer Lovin' (5.8, 1 pitch), Goldline (5.9, 1 pitch) - Mary and I spent most of the day entertaining tourists at the Needle's Eye area. About 10 people asked us how we got the rope to the top. After Hitching Post, we left the crowds and went to climb two more routes, including Goldline, which was spectacular with some spicy runouts.
August 19, 2007 - Cathedral Enchainment (5.9, 5 pitches, 4 rappels) - For our last day in the Needles, we did the linkage of West Gruesome, South Tower, and Spire Four. The climbing on West Gruesome involved yet more chimney climbing and some exposed face moves. The pitch to the summit of South Tower was excellent...one of the best pitches we climbed at the Needles. Spire Four was an easy cruise, then back down to the gully for the walk-out and a stop at Mt Rushmore before starting the drive back to New York.
Patience Pawn, Tricouni Nail, Needles Eye, Stardancer, Tennis Shoe Slide, Jupiter Fly By....we will be back for more!
Thanks to Bob Archbold for his incredible hospitality and introducing me to local climbers and climbs.