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North America, United States, California, Sierra Nevada, The Needles, South Face of Warlock

The Needles, South Face of Warlock. In June Jeff Dozier, Steve Gerdsen and I found a free variation of Beckey’s South Face route on Warlock (A.A.J., 1971, P. 355). To gain the summit crack system, we avoided an overhanging aid pitch by traversing left around a corner. The final three bolts on the summit block, however, will probably never go free. NCCS III, F9.

Dave Black, Buff Alpine Club