26-Nov-92 (Private trip)
By: Dan Richter
Bob Sumner, Pat & Bill T. Russell, Devra Wasserman, Erik Siering, Asher Waxman, and myself met at the Peralta campground trailhead at first light. After introductions and gear checks, we set off on the standard route to the Needle via Bluff Saddle. In the wash halfway to Bluff Saddle we heard the voices of John McCully and Karen Leonard who had come in late in the night and had camped before the campground. The climb was exhilarating and the day was beautiful affording us spectacular vistas. We came down from the V notch on the other side taking the 150' rappel and went back to camp by the westerly trail arriving in camp just after dark.
For the record, I protected the first 70' pitch with a runner and a medium friend two thirds of the way up on the right. We brought climbers up two at a time with two ropes from the belay which we found useful on the long rappel down the other side. There was no register or container on the summit.
That night most of us had Thanksgiving dinner at a Yugoslav restaurant in Mesa call Europe at Night. The food was fine and as the cowboy band played Some Day Soon we danced. "And he loved that damned old rodeo just as much as he loved me......"
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