|Checking out the remains of the burned fire lookout on top of the Magician.|
After climbing the Chouinard-Herbert in the morning, Matt and I headed down to Visalia to meet up with Brad and food shop. In the excitement of seeing Brad again and heading to a new climbing area we forgot to get directions to the Needles. Google maps took us to the wrong spot, and by that time we were well out of cell service. We drove around in the dark looking for signs to help us. A dirt road appeared and not knowing where it lead, we took it. 4 miles later we were on another paved road and amazingly on the right track. We made it to the TH parking lot late enough to wake everyone up as we were setting up our tent...sorry.
|Matt climbing into the warmth.|
|Brad resting after 'Thin Ice'.|
After the obligatory ascent of The Charlatan Spire we walked back to the notch to figure out what was next. Brad was destroyed and said he was done. Matt and I settled on 'Airy Interlude' and asked if Brad would help us carry some gear down. Once at the base we talked him into climbing the first 5.8 pitch with the promise that he could just walk off from the top of the first. There was no walk off and Brad continued to the top with the help of the occasional cam handhold.