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mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Apr 9, 2011 - 12:50pm PT
Its getting to be time. Mid 60s yesterday.
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mike m

Trad climber
black hills
May 2, 2011 - 07:44pm PT
nice looking stuff on Mt. Rushmore. Too bad it is off limits.
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Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Topic Author's Reply - May 2, 2011 - 07:49pm PT
It's cold here again. Warm climbing photos are good for the soul - thanks for posting. I've not climbed at Mt. Rushmore. Other good photos of what it's like?
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
May 2, 2011 - 11:32pm PT
The bottom of Dire Spire, has some very beautiful rock
The bottom of Dire Spire, has some very beautiful rock
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Area of White House Wall probably some of the tallest cliffs in the Ne...
Area of White House Wall probably some of the tallest cliffs in the Needles Many good 3-4 pitch routes.
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I believe this is the Monster Area
I believe this is the Monster Area
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Old Baldy.  Lots of routes from 5.7-5.12.  Very good bouldering all ov...
Old Baldy. Lots of routes from 5.7-5.12. Very good bouldering all over its base on the Plateu it sits on.
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Cool coridor in formation by the monument.
Cool coridor in formation by the monument.
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Crimpie, tons of climbing by the monument and actually the Park is very climber friendly. No fee to climb in the park a nice free climbers campground with the toilet.There are probably around 1000 routes that have been done in the area. There is a new book coming out fairly soon that will cover everthing east of Harney Peak. There is an unlimited about of rock in this area with many many clasics. Many have been retro bolted and now have too many bolts IMO, but there is plenty of trad as well. Here is a trip report http://www.supertopo.com/tr/A-Short-Walk-with-Dingus-McGee/t10834n.html we did last year to do some old routes in the Mt. Rushmore area. There is an unbelievable abount of unclimbed rock in the backcountry. Seems as they were only try to bag the skinniest spires back in the day and there are a ton of granite that has barely been touched beacuse it has something other than a 5th class summit.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Topic Author's Reply - May 2, 2011 - 11:34pm PT
Thanks. Sigh. Looking forward to it warming up so I'll move away from the fireplace and go outside. :)
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
May 16, 2011 - 12:12am PT
Got out hiking in the Balck Elk Wilderness behind Horsethief Lake on a cool day with the family a week ago. Too many spires don't know the names.
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johnboy

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
May 16, 2011 - 01:31am PT
Is that trail up the draw where the creek comes into Horsethief open again?

A year and a half ago we went up to the Window and it was posted that the trail was closed.

Mike M,
I see your other thread about summit registers, there's one at the Window too.
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
May 16, 2011 - 01:42am PT
Glad to hear a new guidebook for Rushmore is coming out. Did a roadtrip out west last summer and we had a bit of trouble finding some stuff at some of the areas, although that kept it more adventurey and fun. The rock was just so cool, the big crystals and knobs and fins and stuff, all kinds of stuff I don't really see back east.

Only spent two days at the Needles, but met up with a bunch of cool local climber/guider who were really nice and super duper hospitable, and we made the most of our time. Learned that if you tell the breakfast sandwich woman in the concession by the lake that you're a climber, you get MEGA breakfast sandwiches.

The guidebook for Devil's Tower, the stupid one with the dumb cartoons and photos, is almost as bad as the one they recently did for the gunks. Gotta say, as soon as my hand heals up (surgery, still in a splint, I may be out for a while yet) I really want to get back out there. It was allll awesome, although the needles were maybe a little scary for me!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jun 29, 2011 - 06:18pm PT
It will certainly be warm today 102 in the shade.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jul 28, 2011 - 02:37am PT
Old Baldy.  Lots of routes from 5.7-5.12.  Very good bouldering all ov...
Old Baldy. Lots of routes from 5.7-5.12. Very good bouldering all over its base on the Plateu it sits on.
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Hung out at the free climber campgroung and took the family up to Old Baldy. It was nice in the shade.
We made a hillbilly hammock out of our old blue tarp.
We made a hillbilly hammock out of our old blue tarp.
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Nice crack on Baldy
Nice crack on Baldy
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Jack got out a little.
Jack got out a little.
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Going up the fourth class route on Baldy
Going up the fourth class route on Baldy
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sweet gulleys toward the top
sweet gulleys toward the top
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awesome bouldering to top out on bomber rock in an unreal setting
awesome bouldering to top out on bomber rock in an unreal setting
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Spires
Spires
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Pot hole on top of blady
Pot hole on top of blady
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Thing living in the pot hole how it got there I do not know
Thing living in the pot hole how it got there I do not know
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Heading out
Heading out
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Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 16, 2011 - 12:20am PT
Is there, currently any sort of up to date bouldering guide to the needles? .pdf would be ideal.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Sep 30, 2011 - 12:48pm PT
I don't think there is Jaybro, but Mountain Project has some stuff on it I believe. The best thing to do is just hike up to Old Baldy(big dome on the hill behind Mount Rushmore) and there is a lot of really good problems on the plateu at its base.
Lander Turkey Shoot
Lander Turkey Shoot
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Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2011 - 01:28pm PT
Beautiful place. It's been tooooo looooooong. Thanks for keeping alive this terrific thread Mike M.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Nov 28, 2011 - 02:46pm PT
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Not the Needles but Spearfish Canyon can be surprisingly warm in the winter. Had three 60ish degree days last week. Sunshine Wall is about 2 miles long and south facing that heats up very nicely when everything else is cold. About 100 routes in this area.http://www.mountainproject.com/v/sunshine/105868936
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jan 15, 2012 - 08:59pm PT
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It was supposed to be in the 50's today, but still some fat ice to be had on the north side of Harney Peak.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Mar 22, 2012 - 01:34am PT
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80+degrees but belaying off the ice. Warm and cold climbing in the needles.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2012 - 10:32am PT
Jealous!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 22, 2012 - 12:06pm PT
Great thread folks!

mike m-Nice shots and lots of them!

More Needles nonsense here...

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=424115&msg=1710149#msg1710149
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jul 6, 2012 - 01:16am PT
It has been almost two years since getting to Sylvan Lake. This place oozes with history and adventure.
Outer Outlet with Vertigo to the left
Outer Outlet with Vertigo to the left
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The classic 4 Little Fishies on Aquarium 4 bolts in 165 feet
The classic 4 Little Fishies on Aquarium 4 bolts in 165 feet
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Climbers on Heck of a Note
Climbers on Heck of a Note
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Rummor has it that the pledge of allegence was led by NIC from the summit of the Thimble with a flag draped below to an audience of hundreds who all joined in on the 4th.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jul 16, 2012 - 02:37pm PT
Got back again yesterday but it was very warm and we did not get a lot done but did do some good reconnasence(?).
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Great views of the Cathedral Spires from the Picket Fence.
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