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THE NEEDLES

It has taken us fifteen years of effort but we have finally been given a permit for guiding in the Needles and are the only guide service to be able to do so. For those of you who do know the Needles, it offers some of the finest granite crack climbing anywhere. It is amazingly beautiful and incredibly atmospheric. Once you are a pitch up you feel like you are on El Cap. And White Punks on Dope is the best multi-pitch 5.9 route in Southern California.

Do not miss out on this opportunity and come climb with us in this stunning area.

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The Sierra Club Peaks List

There are 248 peaks on the Sierra Peaks list and climbing them all is a lifetime goal for a select few mountaineers.
You can get the complete list by CLICKING HERE.
Some of these are easy, some are hard and some you just cannot find someone who wants to go do them.
Over the years we have worked with people who are working through this list and we have found that there are some that people often want a guide to help them complete.
Here is our list of the ones that pose the greatest problems.

 

Guides ascents of Clyde MinaretClyde Minaret

The Minarets have a reputation for loose scary rock. It is really not that bad, but the route finding is complex both up and down.

 

 

Guides ascents of Mount Starr King Mt Starr King

Genuine 5th class rock. Not too hard, and a pair of rock shoes makes it easy, but someone has to get the rope up there. A perfect dome in a perfect location above Little Yosemite Valley.

 

 

Guides ascents of Devils Crag Devils Crag

The hardest of the lot. A long way in there and then loose rock with very exposed climbing. We seem to have become the "go to guides" for this climb. Since you are here combine it with Wheel Mountain and maybe McDuffie.

 

 

Guides ascents of Black KaweahBlack Kaweah

Another peak with a reputation for loose rock. Not climbed very often and one of the few peaks left with it's original summit register. Norman Clyde guiding three women (twice) and even Walter Starr's entry written in his blood.

 

 

Guides ascents of North PalisadeNorth Palisade, 14,258
Not easy from any direction, this is a true mountaineers peak. We do this as a part of our Fourteeners Program. The easiest way is via the Le Conte Route and it’s variation from the west side entering via Bishop Pass. From the east side U-Notch is the classic ascent route. If you are up for it combine North Pal with, Starlight, Thunderbolt, Polemonium and Mt Sill for our Palisades Traverse.

 

Guides ascents of Middle PalisadeMiddle Palisade, 14,018
Rated “only” 4th class this peak via our Middle Palisade Ascent is more than it might seem. The climbing is straight forward, but consistently engaging. The South Fork of Big Pine Creek is little used compared to other areas and it really feels remote. Can be combined with Norman Clyde Peak.

 

Guides ascents of Norman ClydeNorman Clyde Peak

Complex 4th class rock with a lot of route finding problems. Many get lost here - but not us!

There just is no easy way up Norman Clyde and Norman Clyde got a truly fitting peak named after himself.

 

 

Guides ascents of ThunderboltThunderbolt, 14,003
Barely 14,000 feet Thunderbolt is a hard one to climb,. The final summit block is rated 5.7 but with a top rope and a pair of rock shoes it is not too bad.
Climb it as a part of the Fourteeners Program or as a part of the Palisades Traverse.

 


Guides ascents of Mount GardinerMt Gardiner

A great exposed ridge climb on great rock.

Readily combined on the same trip with Clarence King.

 

 

Guides ascents of Clarence KingMt Clarence King

The final summit block stumps people. It is a typical monolithic chunk of granite that requires a cool head to surmount.

 

 



 

 

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