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mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jul 16, 2012 - 07:31pm PT
Anyone know what the name of the thin curved spire in the center of the last photo I posted. It is on the north side of the cathedral spire group maybe in the Spire 8 area or something.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jul 30, 2012 - 09:57am PT
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mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jan 19, 2013 - 09:18pm PT
Got up to estes creek to day for the first time rock climibng in a couple of months. Had to be 60 in the sun late in the afternoon. Really nice once you got there but thought I was going to get stuck on the way up the steep snowy road that goes up the north side of the mountain on the way in.
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johnboy

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
Jan 19, 2013 - 09:40pm PT
Mike, that's eyetooth.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jan 19, 2013 - 09:44pm PT
Eyetooth is farther south this is north of spire seven and possibly the spire eight group. Don't know the area very well.
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jan 19, 2013 - 11:28pm PT
Definitely not the Eyetooth, which appears in the middle of the previous picture Mike posted and is just East of Spire 4 and right on the Northern rampart of the Cathedrals.

I think it's the Bayonet, which Piana describes as "a blade-like rib in the Eight-Nine notch." I remember doing a short but sweet 5.9 Kamps route on it BITD. There's also something called the Spike nearby with a 5.8 Gill solo route, but I don't think that what we're looking at in Mike's picture.
jogill

climber
Colorado
Jan 19, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
I think it's the Bayonet

Yep, I think so. Ray Schrag and I did the 2nd ascent, after Kamps. I was wearing shorts and spent some time face climbing the crack leading to the upper part to save my skin. I wasn't very enthusiastic about cracks.

;>)
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jan 20, 2013 - 11:35pm PT
Cracks I like. Run out face not so much. Seems like better gear when there is cracks. bayonette it is I will try to find it this spring or summer.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 20, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
I was just thinking about this thread last night. In bed with the crud and thinking of warm, beautiful climbing.
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jan 21, 2013 - 01:44am PT
Cracks I like. Run out face not so much. Seems like better gear when there is cracks. bayonette it is I will try to find it this spring or summer.

A few crack climbs that I remember liking:

Nick of Time, Outer Outlet

Sore Thumb

Kamps Crack, Bell Tower

Wavy Crack, Empire State Building

Kamps Route, Edison Memorial
jopay

climber
so.il
Jan 21, 2013 - 07:31am PT
A friend tells a story of climbing in the Needles, and apparently one of the "Pins" is close to a parking lot, and his partner is climbing one and getting a bit sketched out, all the while being watched by a couple of tourists and at one point the lady leans over to the husband and asks do you think we should move the car?
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jan 21, 2013 - 11:15am PT
I don't think there is any parking under a climbing route in the Tenpins. Maybe under Sandberg Peak? But you can park right underneath the route on the Needle's Eye, and moving the car might be a good idea; on the first ascent back in 1964 I nailed a car with a broken foothold. Full story, complete with an early version of the Supertopo boob fetish, at http://www.supertopo.com/tr/The-First-Ascent-of-the-Needles-Eye/t222n.html.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Jan 21, 2013 - 07:54pm PT
Still love all the shots in this thread. Someday, I have to visit there...
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jan 27, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
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Climbed all weekend as the temps were very nice. Even camped with the 6 year old. Poor owl as we found out after this picture had a broken wing. Called the GFP to see if they could save it.
Steve Hickman

climber
Norwood, CO
Jan 29, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
Re the Needles- - is Wren Fenton still around?
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jan 30, 2013 - 11:26am PT
It's Renn, and no, he died a October 1, 2007 (I think). I think there is a memorial plaque for him somewhere at Sylvan Lake.

Some info:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/455478/Renn-Fenton
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Apr 21, 2013 - 11:23am PT
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OK it wasn't warm. It was kind of the Cat's Me-ouch.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
May 5, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
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Great day with Jack in the Needles.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
May 5, 2013 - 11:47pm PT
Wow that tirst date in the register is exactly one month before I was born!

I'd watch out for some of them South Dakotans though, they seem like a quirky bunch;

Credit: Dingus McGee
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
May 6, 2013 - 12:06am PT
So Mike, you guys were the fourth ascent and the first one in 38 years? Cool!
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