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North America, United States, California, Sierra Nevada, Goldfinger

Goldfinger. This spectacularly thin 125-foot granite needle on the “Cleaver” of the Sawtooth Ridge area was first climbed by Joe Brown and me on October 27. On a clear day illuminated by fresh snow, we climbed thin cracks on the vertical west face, largely on aid except for some nice free climbing near the top; we used 10 pitons and 2 bolts. A3, F6.

Fred Beckey