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Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 7, 2010 - 11:34pm PT
One of many fun climbing trips last year - here are some photos of the Needles of SD in June. The place is warm. The place is fun. And there are so few people there.

Post up your own shots.

Credit: Crimpergirl

Credit: Crimpergirl

Credit: Crimpergirl

Credit: Crimpergirl
F10

Trad climber
e350
Mar 7, 2010 - 11:40pm PT
Never been there, yet

Thanks for a climbing post, you rock
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 7, 2010 - 11:40pm PT
another place to go... dang!
L

climber
Hangin' by a thread and lookin' for my wings
Mar 7, 2010 - 11:42pm PT
I WANT TO GOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Awesome photos, Crimpie!
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Mar 7, 2010 - 11:43pm PT
Whoa! That first shot is a classic!

"the place is warm, the place is fun", you left out the part about the place can be way scary. Did you climb any of those pinnacles with no anchors at the top?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 7, 2010 - 11:49pm PT
Thanks for the (too short) TR. Never been to that Needles (just the other one), and don't know if I ever will, but it's fun to look at the pictures.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 7, 2010 - 11:51pm PT
Brassnuts has done them all. Scary Pin. Hairy Pin. Eeck. I've looked at them. Heck, walking around there is dangerous. If you brush up against some rock you'll start bleeding.

Fun rappels too.

Credit: Crimpergirl

And climbing near the tourists can be pretty darn funny..."OMG there's a PERSON up there!"

Credit: Crimpergirl

edit: I take that back, we did Tricouni a couple of times. That is one where you simul-rappel. One person on one side, the other person on the others. It's freaky.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
mun jae upso yo
Mar 7, 2010 - 11:53pm PT
I'd like to get out there, sometime.
That rock is rough, eh?
Cool pics, Crimpergirl.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 8, 2010 - 12:11am PT
It may be the roughest rock anywhere. It's beautiful too - full of crystals.
L

climber
Hangin' by a thread and lookin' for my wings
Mar 8, 2010 - 12:11am PT
That last pic is way cool, Crimpie! Is the rock crumbly? It looks kinda like the CA Pinnacles, which, from what I hear, are mostly dried mud.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
Will know soon
Mar 8, 2010 - 12:14am PT
Really enjoyed your pics !!! Thanks for taking the time to share a new adventure others here might like to try. Missed Yo at Facelift, lynnie
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 8, 2010 - 12:22am PT
The rock there is bullet-hard. :)
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Mar 8, 2010 - 12:23am PT
Nice! I want to go there some time. How warm is warm?
L

climber
Hangin' by a thread and lookin' for my wings
Mar 8, 2010 - 12:31am PT
This is the area that Bob Kamps helped develop, right? I remember Bonnie Kamps posting some of his journal about it, I think...can't remember where though.

"Bullet-hard" sounds soooooooo inviting! Those formations are incredible.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 8, 2010 - 12:34am PT
I'm sure people out there have far better photos.

BrassNuts has great ones, but he is currently in Arizona climbing with some other tacos. Maybe he'll see this thread and can post some on the Scary and Hairy pin.

It wasn't too warm. I had a jacket on a lot of the time. BN doesn't care for the warmth so I doubt it was even 80 degrees. Yup, just checked weather dot com (http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USSD0079);. Highs in the year are at about 80 degrees.

It's a gorgeous place.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 8, 2010 - 12:44am PT
Why is it that I read these reports, and feel needled?

Needled into doing more climbing!
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Mar 8, 2010 - 02:29am PT

It's great to see you posting again! More please!
Curt

Boulder climber
Gilbert, AZ
Mar 8, 2010 - 02:41am PT
Don't go there--you won't like it. The rock is awful and the weather isn't much better.



You would all be better off climbing somewhere else.

Curt
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 8, 2010 - 03:09am PT
my slides ar eton the far side of my scanner, but Vurt is right , total choss, don't go there... esp the cool problems on cmpgrnd boulder, or the Thimble.....
adam d

climber
Mar 8, 2010 - 03:11am PT
The Cathedral Spires have a vibe like no where else...
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