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Organ Needle Retaining Wall- extended 3rd class route

What: Organ Needle using the western wall, or Retaining Wall Route.  Accessed from Dark Canyon, and it is a somewhat exposed 3rd class route.   Have trouble with the regular route? You'll hate this one. Not for beginners.  However, the rock won't be smoothed down from years of excessive use, and being a ridge, it will have abundant holds not a smooth ledge to climb on.  Descend the normal walk up route.

 

When: Possibly May 18. Date may change.   the 16th or 17th would actually be better for me.

 

Unless someone has a pass, I plan to hike the long way from the Jeep trail off Baylor Pass RD, so meet at the Baylor Pass TH, and proceed south from there.  Meet around 9 AM.

 

A brief description, taken from a climbing guide: This high, narrow, curving wall, forming the western and southern sides of Dark Canyon, can be climbed most easily from a point in Dark Canyon near the beginning of the SW Wall climb (Route 1b). Once upon its narrow spine, you can traverse it for a certain distance in either direction.

 

T0 access 1b, which you will need to get to the base of, to access this route:

In Dark Canyon, several hundred yards short of the saddle, there is a concave bay in the southwest wall of the Needle's summit tower. Start toward the left aide of the bay and traverse diagonally upward over steep and somewhat loose rock to a spacious ledge. Go up an easier pitch at .......

This will be entirely 3rd class, not 5th.

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  • Ryan C.

    Great view, but you gotta earn it.

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it still set for Saturday ??

    May 13, 2013

    • Ryan C.

      Ricky, you comin?

      May 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      no, im not going to make it. Only have 2 days off , then back to work for 2 weeks

      May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The forecast for Saturday is for wind, so if we can move to Sunday, that would be preferable.

    1 · May 15, 2013

    • Ryan C.

      Sunday, Milagro, 9AM. Sounds like a plan.

      May 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I changed the date. I think the wind will be better. I hope.

      May 15, 2013

  • Ryan C.

    Depending on how many of us there are, I have a parking pass so we could park at La Cueva/Dripping Springs. Either way, sounds like an awesome hike!

    May 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I agree. I have changed the meet-up location to the normal Needle meeting spot. We could meet there and carpool.

      May 12, 2013

    • Ryan C.

      Great. I'm looking forward to it.

      May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    long as my training is done on Friday, I will let ya'll know on the 17th

    April 26, 2013

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