Airy Interlude and Igor Unchained, Witches Needle 5.10a and 5.9

   
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Needles, California USA

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Avg time to climb route: 2 hours
Approach time: 2-3 hours
Descent time: 2-3 hours
Number of pitches: 4
Height of route: 400'
Overview
Instantly recognizable from magazine photos, Airy Interlude is the classic thin crack traverse that most people associate with the soaring spires of the Needles. Igor Unchained is the route that Airy Interlude traverses to and shares the last pitch with. And since they share a large ledge on top of pitch 2, they are frequently linked back and forth, most commonly the first 2 of Igor to Airy back to Igor. Perfect Needles rock, steep positive climbing, sustained finger and hand cracks, and an amazing setting combine to make these routes (or any combination of the two) totally classic.
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Witches Needle - Airy Interlude and Igor Unchained 5.10a and 5.9 - Needles, California USA. Click to Enlarge
red - Airy Interlude, green - Igor Unchained.
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