Noname Needle Rock Climbing
Noname Needle resides on the Jagged ridgeline, between Jagged Mountain to the east and Gray Needle to the west, at 13,620 feet. It has two summits; the north summit is the true summit. Ascend the weakness between the two summits on the west side. The terrain is about 5.8 on good quality granite. The route takes pro in the 1-3" range. Belay at the top of this west-facing weakness. Pitch two is a scramble up and around the west and north sides of, and ultimately onto, the huge summit block, which is about six or eight feet thick, and maybe the size of your living room or dining room. This huge block can easily be seen from the Noname drainage, far below. The views are unparalleled.
Take the train from Silverton (or Durango) to the Needleton dropoff. Take the trail north, along the Animas. Do not take the trail to Ruby Creek. Continue north to Noname Creek, and head east at a large cairn, about five minutes after a large electrical high-tension insulator thing laying on the ground. The route from Needleton to the Noname turnoff is cairned, but sometimes difficult to follow. Allow extra time.
Once in the Noname drainage, the trail is much easier to follow. Ascend the drainage to meadows at 11,000 feet. From here, the trail continues left, up a hill (NE) to treeline. At this point, we crossed the creek and headed directly for the Peak 10 - Noname saddle. Ascend this west drainage, but look for a SW sub-gully to your left. Look for the twin summits of Noname to aim for. The terrain is loose in places, but not as steep as it appears from lower down. Mostly third and steep second class. Aim for Noname. We then scrambled up and left to the rock window in the gully between Noname and the needle immediately to the west, then from there, and easy walk to the base of the central west-facing weakness on Noname Needle.
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Noname Needle resides on the Jagged ridgeline, between Jagged Mountain to the east and Gray Needle to the west, at 13,620 feet. It has two summits; the north summit is the true summit. Ascend the weakness between the two summits on the west side. The terrain is about 5.8 on good quality granite.The route takes pro in the 1-3" range. Belay at the top of this west-facing weakness.Pitch two is a scramble up and around the west and north sides of, and ultimately onto, the huge summit block...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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The twin summits of Noname Needle.
Ascent and descent along the central west-facing w...
Yes, Gladbach wears old Fires.
Aug 27, 2012
This spire doesn't see many ascents, but the climbing is high quality and a lot of fun. Enjoy!