The Needles Climber's Log

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discdog - May 3, 2005 6:28 pm

Route Climbed: White Punks on Dope Date Climbed: May 01, 2005  Sucess!

Amazing route. Great diversity of climbing. Must do but you should be pretty solid at the 5.8 grade in lieback/finger corner systems.


ksolem - Jan 11, 2005 7:37 pm

Route Climbed: various Date Climbed: 1983 to present  Sucess!

My first trip to the needles was in the spring of 1983. The road was closed so we hiked in with big packs and camped out in the formations. I fell in love with the place on the spot and have been back more times than I can recall, most recently last fall with Barbara Taylor - we did Inner Sanctum, a very enjoyable route on the Witch. Other personal favs are Ice Pirates, Atlantis, and Ankles Away...


MelbaToast - Sep 6, 2004 12:57 pm

Route Climbed: Igor Unchained Date Climbed: September 5, 2004  Sucess!

So I went back this year and did the damn thing! Yay! It was great. I did take a fall at the same place I had trouble last time, but I got back on flapper and all and finished. It felt fabulous. Hope it still counts if I took a fall. It wasn't a very big one and I had to climb the rest of the way with my fingers sticking together with dried blood. Ewww!!. The Needles is an incredible place. Can't wait to go back! The hike kicks my butt, especially on the way out.


MelbaToast - Jul 27, 2004 9:51 pm

Route Climbed: Hiked Date Climbed: June 2003  Sucess!

Couldn't pull off Igor Unchained but since it was within my first few months of starting to climb I guess it's not too humiliating. Did hike up to the top of the other side so I guess I summited. First time in my life I've been scared of heights. Amazing place. Next year I'll climb it and resign the log.

mtnfoto - Jan 26, 2004 11:26 am

Route Climbed: White Punks on Dope & Igor Unchained Date Climbed: 1992 & 1993  Sucess!

White Punks was classic, but Igor was the better climb.

Eric Tipton - Sep 10, 2003 12:06 am

Route Climbed: "Airy Interlude" Witch Needle Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!

I climbed this excellent route with long time climbing partner Kenn Kenega. The first pitch was long, we had to simul-climb to get to the first belay with a 50 m rope. The second pitch was awesome a true classic. The last pitch was good,better climbing than the first pitch. Yahoo! finally got the summit of the Witch.


Deb - Jul 7, 2003 5:05 pm

Route Climbed: The Witch Needle, "Airy Interlude" 5.10a Date Climbed: 6 July 2003  Sucess!

Reached summit of The Witch Needle by way of fantastic route. Most awesome view awaits at the top after good hand jams up this beautiful granite! Thanks for the unforgetable experience Kris!


cartale - Jun 30, 2003 4:30 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: 6/8/03  Sucess!

My wife and I started at the trailhead around 1:30 pm and I reached the lookout around 2:30 ish. My wife was too scared to climb the staircase to get the spectacular view I had.

Eric Tipton - Mar 6, 2003 11:25 pm

Route Climbed: Voodoo Dome, "White punks on Dope" 5.9 Date Climbed: May, 1997  Sucess!

I did this 5 pitch climb with Pat Brennen. Good rock, good route, but it doesnt have the wild summit like the other Needles do. This place is so awesome I don't know why I dont climb here more often.

Eric Tipton - Mar 6, 2003 11:18 pm

Route Climbed: The Warlock Needle "South Crack" 5.9 Date Climbed: Oct. 1998  Sucess!

I climbed this great route with Bob Cable. We did the route in 7 pitches of mostly easy climbing, what a great summit. We approached this climb from the lower road, its a hard hump up.

Eric Tipton - Mar 6, 2003 11:11 pm

Route Climbed: Charlatan Needle "Fancy Free" 5.10 Date Climbed: Aug. 1996  Sucess!

I climbed this good route with Kenn Kenega.


asmrz - Dec 7, 2002 12:48 pm

Route Climbed: Hermit Spire: Wide Eyed and Willing,5.10+/11-, Date Climbed: August 1991

Miguel Carmona and I climbed this route in August of 1991. I remember Miguel leading and drilling the first, 10+ pitch, which from the ground looked really hard. The climbing on this is fairly sustained for the first 4 pitches, then eases up for the next 4 or 5. Quality route.


asmrz - Nov 17, 2002 9:13 pm

Route Climbed: Hermit Spire, "Water from the Moon" III, 5.10D Date Climbed: October 1988  Sucess!

Miguel Carmona and I finished this route in October 1988 after we worked on it for three weekends. We placed 10 bolts on 7 pitches, the most we have ever drilled, anywhere. This turned out to be sustained and quality route.


asmrz - Nov 17, 2002 12:29 pm

Route Climbed: Hermit Spire's "JAZZING" III, 5.10 A Date Climbed: July 1987  Sucess!

Miguel Carmona and I climbed this new route on our first visit to Hermit Spire in 1987. The route starts at the lowest point of the spire, about 50 feet left of Herb Laeger's 1983 "A pitch and nine takes time"and follows the right facing crack system all the way to the top of the spire. Miguel and I returned for 19 more trips over the next two years, and put up some 15 new routes on the Hermit. The formation is still seldom visited, but we think it's a great alternative for those seeking solitude and Needles like climbing experience.

For more info, see Greg Vernon's 1992 "NEEDLES" Guide Book pages 24 to 47.


kevin - Jun 25, 2002 7:54 pm

Route Climbed: Main trail Date Climbed: Nov 8, 2001  Sucess!

The 3 of us reached the trailhead about 1:00pm. It was a slightly overcast day with the temp abouyt 41 degrees F. We started up the trail which was covered with 4-6 inches of snow. Going up the trail was realitvely easy even with the burden of snow. The 2 hikers with me were novices and I actually had to push them along verbally a few times. They were glad when the reached the summit though because they view is priceless. At the summit be prepared for some wind.

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