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The Witch is the major formation just past the Sorcerer. The amphitheater formed by these two rocks holds the highest concentration of Needles' classics. Most climbs are on the west face -- this can be approached by a small access point near the top of the formation.
Hike the trail past the Sorcerer. Decend through a notch to the South very near the West face of the Witch.
18 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Witch:
Innersanctum 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 500'
Igor Unchained 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 3 pitches
Phosphorescent Flow 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a R Trad, 1 pitch
Witch Doctor 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
Airy Interlude 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches
The Pit & The Pendulum 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
Spook Book 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R Trad, 4 pitches
Gorilla Warfare 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
The Entity 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R Trad, 4 pitches, 450'
Green Tide 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c R Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Ankles Away 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 230'
Terrorvision 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c PG13 Trad, 1 pitch
Pegleg 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
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Airy Interlude 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b CA : The Needles / Kern River : ... : The Witch
Airy Interlude is perhaps the best "moderate" route on the Witch. Not as continuous as Igor Unchained, but it shares some of Igor's coolest climbing, not to mention the classic Airy Interlude traverse pitch.P1: Ascend the first major crack system left of the start of Igor Unchained. This is directly below the start of the obvious traverse crack and really is the first major system on the wall. Stretch the rope all the way up to the huge, sloping ledge. 5.8 or 5.9.P2: The gem. Continue up ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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