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The east face of the Sorcerer is very steep and home to some of the most classic climbs in the Needles. The major lines, right to left are: Scirocco (12a), Wailing Banshees (11-), Don Juan (11b), Thin Ice/Ice Pirates, and Atlantis (11c). The Fire Wall is beautiful glowing wall that stands apart from the main wall on the lower east face. It is home to a few one pitch testpieces including the arching undercling of Pyromania (13b).
Approach most climbs by decending a narrow passage between the Sorcerer and Witch (closer to the Witch). Climbs are then accessed by a long ramp system along the base of the wall.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Sorcerer:
Stars and Stripes Forever 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
Thin Ice 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches
Lost at Sea 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch
Pinhead 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Wailing Banshees 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches, 250'
Ice Pirates 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches
The Raven 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch
The Don Juan Wall 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 5 pitches
Tradewinds 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Atlantis 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad, 4 pitches
Scirocco 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 150'
Davy Jones' Locker 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 100'
Pyromania 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
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Atlantis 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 CA : Southern Sierra : ... : The Sorcerer
Atlantis climbs the steep and singular feature just right of Thin Ice.P1: Begin by climbing the overhanging right-facing flake just right of Thin Ice. Strenuous but straight-forward. 5.10c.P2: Climb up flakes to briefly join Thin Ice, but then traverse right on more flakes to a bolted belay. 5.10.P3: Step right to the tips crack, get a couple pieces in as high as possible (purple TCU, wires), take a deep breath and punch it on really powerful tips liebacks to an obvious incut slot. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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