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Basic Rock Climb - Markhor Peak/Needle Traverse

markhor - needle traverse

  • Road suitable for all vehicles

quick and dirty route info: park at zopkio's brake check/rest area. ascend sse in moderate brush, open forest and occasionally on a faint path up(1:45) to the open area and then take the path of least resistance to markhor peak.  descend markhor (first crux - slabs. or possibly some workaround we did not find)(because was wet, we rapped from a nice tree) aiming for needle peak via the ridge between markhor and needle, including going up and over the two bumps in the middle.  descending the first bump is the crux, exposed class 4 at its base.  ascent up needle peak(much easier than it looks) on greenery near ridge, until forced climber's left.  ascend exposed easy class 3 stair-like crack, complete with rock handrail, followed by more class three to summit of needle peak.  descend aesthetic trail, including short section with optional handline, that makes a nice loop back, including a very nice open ridge walk.

6.36mi 3559' gain
2:49 car to markhor summit
3:14 markhor summit to needle summit (including 0:46 to rap wet section  - part of descent off of markhor)
0:19 summit stay
1:27 needle summit to car
8:35 car to car

equipment: 30m rope(should have brought two 30m ropes for rapping wet section), harness, helmets
equipment brought, but not used:  two cordelettes, 6 small nuts

markhor+needle traverse 7-21-2019 route.jpg