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North America, United States, California–Sierra Nevada, Day Needle

Day Needle. On June 16, Cameron Bums and I climbed an all-free variation of the Beckey-Reese route on Day Needle. (IV, 5.10b). The crux came in the second to last pitch, which followed left-angling cracks up steep rock that offered knobby face-climbing. It bypassed the bottom of an enormous off-width that slants up and right in the center of the face. The off-width is clearly visible from the base of the needle. Although we climbed the route in 16 pitches, it could have been accomplished in less.

Steve Porcella