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).
The upper west face of the Sorcerer has a few shorter lines as well.
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.
Descend by making a long rappel down the narrow northern ridge to the Sorcerer-Charlatan saddle.
Weather station 10.1 miles from here
14 Total Routes
['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Sorcerer:
Thin Ice 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches
Pinhead 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
The Raven 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch
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'
Pyromania 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Featured Route For The Sorcerer
Scirocco 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a CA
: Southern Sierra
: ... : The Sorcerer
This is the crowning jewel of sport climbs at the Needles. In an area that is known for its soaring corner systems and beautiful trad climbs, in many ways, this is a counterpoint: A soaring, flawless arete, protected by a handful of draws...But this is no Boulder Canyon sport route -- expect to earn the clips. High on the route there is a 20' run to a bolt, followed immediatly by a 25' run to the next one! Serious air is possible on this route, which is supposedly Yaniro's "favorite" climb.A...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Local Information for The Sorcerer
Unknown Climber on Pinhead I believe. Taken from S...
sitting atop the Sorcerer after climbing Thin Ice.
BETA PHOTO: The Sorcerer. This is Stephen high on the 1st pit...
Sorcerer - Lower East Face with Devil's Dinette th...
By Max Tepfer
From: Bend, OR
Sep 30, 2014
Descent with a 70m is fairly straight-forward. Rap to the Sorcerer-Charlatan notch and then east down the weakness. There's a two bolt anchor about 20' below the notch and 70 barely reaches. Tie knots!