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Nightmare Needles

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How come there arn't any TRs for the Nightmare Needles? Anybody ever go there? It looks like a lot of little cool looking crags in the Beckey. Anybody been there? Know anything? laugh.gif

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There is at least one or two TRs of people climbing the Flagpole. The approach via Crystal Creek is burnt out from the recent fire...a fun ash slog. Or you could rapel from Lil Annapurna.

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I was more thinking the stuff on McClellan Peak, like Little Snowpatch, Fire Spire, Fire Wall, Nocturne Tower, Fantasia Tower, Cynical Pinnacle, those things. Nobody wouldn't happen to have a distant picture of any of them would they, or have been there? Theres just a sketch in the Beckey. Looks kind of like an interesting area to check out.

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I also have a little bit of video scoping out the Needles at home. Cool looking stack of rocks over there. Excellent trundling possiblities. tongue.gif

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Thanks for the input olyclimber! What are we looking at in that picture, what direction? I'm thinking thats the needles on the far right? thumbs_up.gif

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Great pictures Mountaingirl...but those are of Pennant Peak and the Flagpole. The Nightmare Needles are to the east of these peaks. But again...great pictures. thumbs_up.gif

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oooooooooooooooo......... i was afraid that was going to happen. When I read 'rap down from Lil Annapurna' I thought "ooooooooo that must be what those were!" Never count on me for route finding.

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crystal creek tower is nice. the 5.9ish route (doorish?) is one of the longer ones in that area. it puts you on the ridge by mcclellan but the summit is not as distinct as the other spires.

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Dave Stutzman and I did a traverse of the Nightmare needles back in 1980. Some very good climbing. We thought it was one of the longer ridges to traverse but it doesn't have the commitment factor. You can escape off in many places. FYI we were climbing the ridge when Mt. St. Helens blew its top.

Bob Plumb

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A friend climbed in Nightmare Needles for three days many years ago. He said it got real confusing going up the gulleys and trying to figure out just were they were - mostly short fun climbs but losts of work approaching them. He doesn't lurk on this forum but I could forward specific questions to him.

 

Off topic - I gained a new respect for old Fred and crew when we tried the Flagpole and got spanked. And Plumbbob's comments about being on the Needles when Helens blew hit home - I was on Triple Couloir and the whole frikkin' mtn avied below us. Didn't feel anything but it was too much of a coincidence.

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What was it that 'spanked' you on the Flagpole? I'd like to get out there.

 

Did you do the approach described in Nelson? Is it possible to rap off Annapurna?

 

Flagpole photo

 

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When Freeman and I tried the Flagpole several years ago, we found the approach, as described in Nelson, intimidating and exposed, not to mention the need to girthhitch the Flagpole's small hangers/bolts. On a second try on the flagpole, friends and I descended off the flagpole and climbed Annapurna. We found the south face of Annapurna to be a mellow two to three pitch climb. You could rap off Annapurna and climb to the base of the Flagpole from the west side. Not sure what to rate the climbing up to the flagpole from that side as I've only rapped it.

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Thanks gents. Very helpful. wave.gif

 

Looks like a fun outing. Alas it will probably have to wait until next season.

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