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Eye of the Needle

This route is located in the Eastern Gorge Region at Funk Rock City

Manic Impression

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Sparky Goes Crack Climbing 5.6 (Trad) ***

First Ascent: Tim Powers, Cindy Porter in 1992
Length: 90ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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This route ascends the wide crack just right of Eye of the Needle. Bring large pro. Rap from anchors on Manic Impression.
Descent: Rap anchors
Stays Dry:
Owner: NFS: Clifty Wilderness Area

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Submitted by: ray
Date: Dec 18th, 2005


anticlmber said on May 23rd, 2007
this route is ok at best. and i like most crappy routes. worth doing once, maybe, but just a shit belay situation.
pawilkes said on April 4th, 2010
fun, easy route. I used a 5 and 6 a few times. I think the anchors of Eye of the Needle are a much better option for getting off this thing. they also make a neat belay spot
rjackson said on November 13th, 2011
I enjoyed this romp up the wall, it just kept going... Bring your big gear if you got it, and lots of long slings for protecting deep.
campby said on October 27th, 2014
Would be a decent climb if the anchor situation was better. As it is now, I would never do it again. Not worth the trouble, honestly.
nemanji said on April 4th, 2016
I thought it was absolutely worth the trouble! The rock quality is so much better than it looks from the ground. Great iron edges for feet the whole way. You won't regret it.