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Fourth Needle
#11473 03/11/11 04:10 AM
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While there is plenty of discussion here about the popular climbs in the Mt. Whitney area, hardly anyone thinks about doing new routes. But here is a recent one, last summer: Fourth Needle, East Face. The difficulty is out of reach for many of us, but not all.

There are many other such features in the area that have seen little or no activity, especially along Pinnacle Ridge. Much of it is in the low 5th class range, or even 4th.

Adventure is where you look for it.

Re: Fourth Needle
Bob R #11482 03/11/11 05:41 PM
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Is this an entirely new route? I do not think that I have seen this route in either of my guide books (over my head, of course, but I enjoy looking at the many routes)


The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.
Re: Fourth Needle
Bee #11497 03/12/11 04:49 PM
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That page comes from the AAJ list of "New routes". Nice route.

Here are some views of the feature from the other side of Pinnacle Ridge. I believe the Fourth Needle is the highpoint in each shot.







Higher-res versions at my site: http://www.qitnl.com/v/072210/?g2_page=5

Re: Fourth Needle
QITNL #11498 03/12/11 06:27 PM
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Nice pictures! Looking at the pix in the article, I agree with you that the highest point looks like Fourth Needle.


The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.

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