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toc_webThis guidebook covers every route from the classics to the obscure at the upper Needles, Voodoo Dome, Demon Dome, and the secretive Merlin Dome. Also covered in detail are Dome Rock and Hermit Spire.

The Needles stately neighbor to the south, Dome Rock, is home to a greater number of easily accessible classic climbs than any other crag in the southern Sierra. Hermit Spire, easily seen from The Needles approach, stands alone across the Freeman Creek drainage beckoning to adventurous climbers.

Everything you need to know to get there, camp there, climb there, and enjoy rest days is in this book. You will also find interesting reading, including a carefully researched history of Needles area climbing, rounded out by personal accounts from Needles climbers who led the way.

This book is the complete Needles guide. And coming in at 240 pages (only ten more than the 1992 book) it will not be a burden in your pack.

The Needles guidebook is available online at K Daniels Publishing


Guidebook Updates and Corrections




Bolt Replacement Updates


Read “A Needles Story.”


Action and Adventure, includes The Needles



6 thoughts on “The Needles: Climbing news and updates

  1. Hi Kristian,

    the needle pictures in the “California Climber” from last year are absolutely stunning so we decided that we must have a visit there on early september this year. The only issue we have is how to get to the guidebook – we’re coming from germany. Do you know if there is any reseller in europe or can you recommand any shop between las vegas and the needles having this guidebook in stock?

    Thanks a lot and best regards

    • Hi David, Thanks for your inquiry. You are the third person to need a book while coming from Europe. In each case we have been able to make satisfactory arrangements. I’ll email you directly and we can figure it out.

  2. Added one new chained 3/8 to Davy Jones’ anchor in early August as it was looking like it only had one solid bolt and two crappier ones. Slight angle on the new install to the rock (sorry everyone, thought I was lined up!) but it should still be legit bomber. On attempting to pop the old very rusted homemade hanger and old somewhat rusted smc they were both surprisingly solid, and I didn’t have anything to cut them off with. Next summer when I head up I’ll bring a proper removal kit and clean it up so we don’t have four bolts at an anchor. Thanks a ton for all of your work up there man, just got the guidebook, it’s looking phenomenal!

    Best, keep on livin’ live well!

    – Ryan

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