Feb 26

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all photos courtesy of Corbin Usinger

The Approach: The Approach to the Needles is fairly burly. Drive past Kernville and Johnsondale, California and up into the Sequoia National Forest, passing other climbing areas along the way (Dome Rock). There is a campground near the trailhead. The elevation is about 10,000 ft. and you have to hike 3 miles in to the Needles lookout. From here scramble down the backside talus slopes for about another mile or so.

The Rigging: Climb the Charlatan Needle and part way up the Sorcerer. There are 3 bolts on the Charlatan and 1 bolt with several 4-5 inch cams on the Sorcerer. It is possible to backup these anchors by slinging rock features.

Further Info: For any further information regarding this highline, contact the only guy who has ever done it, corbdawg16 at aol.com.

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“The SpOoKy Gap” - 130 ft. long ~300 feet off the deck

First walk: Corbin Usinger in July 2004


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