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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-17-2016, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Default Markhor Needle traverse 14 July 2016

Seeing Rex's TR from last year, i put this one on the to do list.
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A fairly straight route up to the ridge, bushy to start with we passed a few markers, towards the top of the ridge we just found our own way.

The first slab of rock.





Markhor from the sub peak





Heading up to Markhor Summit.


Taking a break on the peak, easy so far.


A couple of cruxs to come before Needle.

Getting down the back of Markhor, we dropped down a bit and found some slings but it was a bit wet, so we took a fairly straight descent further over (to the highway side) The rock has good grip, but lots of butt sliding and bracing your body weight with hands was required.

The way ahead.








The Crux, top half is easy enough, gets harder near the bottom.


Almost on top.

A slight variation on the route up.


Finally on the Peak of needle after a great scramble.


A look back from the ridge heading back down.


A slight loop to our left as we hit the ridge to get to the sub 'peak'
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-17-2016, 10:58 PM
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Wicked pics and cool route!
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"A slight variation on the route up." photo is a great angle. Looks like significant exposure!

How would you rate the scramble portions on difficulty? Does it compare well with something from the Scrambles book?
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Wow! My fear of heights kicks in just by looking at the pictures :-)
Interesting trip report, thank you for posting.

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"A slight variation on the route up." photo is a great angle. Looks like significant exposure!

How would you rate the scramble portions on difficulty? Does it compare well with something from the Scrambles book?
Most of the cruxes in the book i've found easier than the two on this route, so i'd rate them difficult.
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I've had that TR of Rex's in the back of my mind for a while now, but your TR just pushed it up in the pecking order. Awesome pix and great scrambling, especially the final spine before the summit of Needle!
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Awesome pics - thanks for posting!
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