Super-fun climb -- get on it! It's 5 pitches with a 60m, and would be very tricky with a 50m. Allow plenty of time for the descent, as it can be confusing until you regain the (well-established) approach trail. Trip report.
Liked the route but not the slab. Odd thing happened on lead on the 4th pitch where in the middle of the runout at the end (didn't have any big gear) my rope got stuck on a little piece of granite sticking out from the end of the traverse. Slipped down climbing and almost fell then it freed itself.
Great day with Karen. He had done the route before 7 years prior, so he let me lead all the money pitches - the dihedral was awesome, and so was the slab after it!! Highly recommended.
The descent can take a while (1-1.5h), and would suck very much in the dark... so allow enough time. It amazes me how the guidebook doesn't say anything about the descent... the SP page was great in that regard!
This route was so much fun. I was bummed I didn't get the dihedral lead, but I got the slab and that more than made up for it!
This was a fantastic climb.
Cool climb. Did some rope stretching to do it in 5 pitches; also climbed the edge of the slab right of the chimney on what is normally pitch 3 in order to have more climbing, as opposed to mostly hiking up that cleft...
Also happened to be my 40th birthday, and first route at the Needles. Not a bad day at all.
great rock, good Needles type adventure. make sure to get the lead on the dihedral.