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North America, United States, California—Sierra Nevada, Sorcerer Needle, North Face

Sorcerer Needle, North Face. A new route was done by Greg Thomsen and me on April 21, 1973. Awkward chimney pitches from the east gully lead to the uphill (north) notch. Starting slightly west is a textbook series of parallel cracks that lead to the summit in two pitches. These begin with mostly aid placements, then gradually taper to thin, enjoyable free climbing.

Fred Beckey