Neither difficult nor interesting says Culbert and Fairley's guidebooks. But everything is relative, if you have done most things on the local mountains and dont want to drive for hours or dont have a car, they are a worthwhile objective, where you wont be crowded even on a sunny weekend. All approaches are now legal. The easiest is via the Lynn headwaters trail to Norvan falls and on to Norvan Pass. From there a flagged route supposedly leads to the North Needle. Update: no flagging visible in 2005, see A Nasty Way to the Needles
Norvan Falls can be reached in about 1 1/2 hours, from there the trail climbs steeply for 1/2 hour up the side of the valley before leveling of and traversing into the upper valley, crossing a few messy gullys, after another 1/2 hour it reaches a large slide area apr.GR990740 el.2500. Here it is possible to head straight up to the ridge. Ascend the center of the bowl to near the base of the steep, narrow gully on the upper right. Head left up a diagonal gully invisible from below. It ends above the cliff bands about 50m below a shallow saddle on the ridge GR993734 el.3700. This should save you about 1/2 hour over the pass route, perhaps more descending, particularly on good spring snow (be sure to take an iceaxe, the slopes are very steep and the snow can be very hard later in spring). 2005 Note: Originally I wrote: Do not descend this route if you have not climbed it and memorized it well. Now I think this may be your best bet to get off the ridge.
Some small rocksteps between North and Middle and a greasy slab on the northside of the... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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