I'm a bit confused by Dave Landers' and Tom Pierce's accounts from Rosebrough. I think my edition of Rosebrough ("Copyright 1986, 1988") is the same as Tom's. Page 150 has the description for "Peak 13,620, "Noname Needle
"" as described by Tom. Dave, it sounds like your 1986 edition is different, calling this Gray Needle
. Is that correct? Did Rosebrough change it for the 1988 printing?
The 1954 AAJ with the Gray Needle
mention is here
. Unfortunately, not much info:
...there are still numerous unclimbed pinnacles offering challenge to the rock climber. One of these, Gray Needle, at the west end of Jagged Mountain, was first climbed by a party from the outing. Expansion bolts were used on one 30-foot stretch of the climb.
"The San Juan Mountaineers' Climber's Guide to Southwestern Colorado" (Lavender/Long/Griffiths, 1933) lists Grey Needle
(with that spelling) with an elevation of 13700:
Grey Needle is a beautiful, steep-sided aiguille on the west arete of Jagged Mountain. Its very roughness will probably be the key to the problem of its climb for, if its sides were polished, ordinary climbing technique would be of little avail.
Then there are the various editions of Ormes. I don't find any useful information in the Sixth Edition (1970). The Seventh Edition (1979) has a topo with the name Gray Needle
and the elevation 13430 printed just below the name. The Ninth Edition (1992) defers to Rosebrough:
Bob Rosebrough says Gray Needle (13,430') is best approached from the north. Noname Needle (13,620'), just east of Gray, goes from the saddle between them and Peak Ten, and has a 5.6 pitch.
So, I think we're currently left with Gray Needle
at 13430 and Noname Needle
at 13620. However, I'm guessing the San Juan Mountaineers were referring to the 13620 point as Grey Needle