31 July - 3 August 2008
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Erick on the approach First view of the lookout Erick at the Charlatan summit
Top of Sorcerer Needle Erick freeing the rope on the rap down 'Spooky' Charlatan Needle: Erick leading pitch 1 of 'Spooky' (5.9)
Further up the awesome thin hand crack Looking down the infamous offwidth, Erick at the belay Witch Needle
Party on the 'Airy Interlude' traverse Erick coming up pitch 2
No hands rest Second on the 'Airy Interlude' traverse Erick checking out 'Lady of the Needles'
Erick leading 'Lady of the Needles' (5.7) At the summit
Late afternoon view of Djin and Magician Party rapping off 'Igor Unchained'
Day 2: Rap down 'Spooky' Rap to the east face base of Charlatan Erick clearing the stuck rap rope
Downclimbing the 5.2 chimney Look at the descent route Charlatan Needle: Erick leading pitch 1 of 'Fancy Free' (5.10b)
Looking down the sustained pitch 1 Erick at the first belay
Erick coming up pitch 2 Erick leading pitch 3
Erick at the last belay Climber at the top of Sorcerer Needle View of 'Fancy Free' from the notch
Erick scouting out another descent route Day 3: Party on 'Airy Interlude' Erick checking out the 'Spooky' offwidth arete variation
Sorcerer Needle: 'Stars and Stripes Forever' (5.8) Erick coming up pitch 1
Erick leading pitch 2
Large gap at the top Erick at the summit
Fun never ends at the Needles, descent route Sorcerer Needle, route crossed the gap between the middle and right fin (at the top) Day 4: Dome Rock. Erick leading pitch 1 of 'Anti-Jello Crack' (5.10a)
View of the Needles Erick coming up the pitch 2 finger crack
Erick finishing the pitch 2 slab traverse Erick top roping the crux dihedral
The thin crux dihedral Erick leading the last pitch Me and Erick, Needles behind
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