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North America, United States, California-Sierra Nevada, It's No Game, Schaffer Buttress, The Needles

It’s No Game, Schaffer Buttress, The Needles. In October, Dick Leversee, Steve Brower and I climbed this four-pitch wall which is located across the Kern River from the Needles, near Schaffer Meadow/Cedar Canyon. The climb starts in a gouged-out area with some solid, but dubious looking brown blocks and cracks. A ledge below a steep headwall is the belay. Thin cracks lead to an overhanging slot and a stance right of the crack. After ascending the right side of a huge flake, a difficult step left leads to steep mantels and cracks heading to the top (III, 5.11.)

E. C. Joe, Stonemasher Alpine Club