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Needle Peak - Crux Scrambling Section of NE ridge # 2255

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Date: September 1996
Vantage Point: From NE ridge

Caption: Three climbers scrambling on the classic Northeast ridge of Needle Peak.

PhotoDescr: This photo was taken on my second time up Needle's NE ridge. Previously, in 1994 or 1995, Vance Culbert and I had downclimbed the ridge from the summit as far as the Markhor ("Thimble")-Needle col after climbing the standard hiking route. We found the route to be mostly 3rd class with the odd class 4 section.

After this I led a party of 10 or so VOCers up it a year or two later (1996 or 1997). We all enjoyed the excellent granite scrambling. This photo is of one of two "crux" sections of 4th class climbing. As you can see no one felt the urge to rope up. This section involves some 15m of downclimbing along a hideously exposed but easy knife edge ridge. The other crux section is a short crumbly groove on the final ridge up to the summit. Neither is particularily technical, merely exposed. A rope and a few slings could be used to add confidence if you found the exposure unpleasant.

The guy in left foreground, in red Lifas and white shorts, with helmet, is Mike Guite [previously misidentified as John Millar]. The person 'spotting' the downclimbing climber in the col is Steve from Squamish. I have no idea who the downclimbing climber approaching Steve is.

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