Thin Ice, Sorcerer Needle 5.10b


Needles, California USA

  • Currently 5.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 2 hours
Approach time: 2-3 hours
Descent time: 2-3 hours
Number of pitches: 3
Height of route: 350'
The first pitch of Thin Ice might be the best pitch of its grade in California. A long, steep, sustained finger crack with incut edges, face holds, and a wild flake traverse to a hand crack at the end, it’s nearly a full rope length of incredible climbing up the yellow lichen tinged Sorcerer Needle. All the neighboring routes on this steep wall are at least 5.11. The second pitch is “easier”, but the beginning gives many climbers trouble since it starts out with a burly flare before entering an endless hand crack. Starting from a ledge part way up the side of Sorcerer and above the Fire Wall, and finishing on one of the most spectacular summits in the Needles, Thin Ice is steep, exposed, and beautiful.
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