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mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Sep 2, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
Loading up for a possible new route on the Prince
Loading up for a possible new route on the Prince
Credit: mike m
"Little Trad Corvette" on the Prince
"Little Trad Corvette" on the Prince
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Jack leading it up on Better Pool than Pie
Jack leading it up on Better Pool than Pie
Credit: mike m
Spent the last four days in the needles. Beautiful weather and good company. Labor Day signals the beginning the best season for climbing in the Hills. Few people, crisp weather, sticky rock and low gravity.
johnboy

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
Sep 2, 2013 - 11:20pm PT
Labor Day signals the beginning the best season for climbing in the Hills. Few people, crisp weather, sticky rock and low gravity.

Spot on.
WyoRockMan

climber
Flank of the Big Horns
Sep 3, 2013 - 11:41am PT
Jack slinging the horns! Fantastic!
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Sep 3, 2013 - 11:41am PT
Name me a spot in the lower 48 for which that isn't true.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 3, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
Oh yeah! New route, Wyde in a needles vernacular!
Was there a couple weeks ago.
Nathan the route that Jack sent (I think), Chasbro on one to'the left, euro guy on slightly harder one left of that
Credit: Jaybro
Note, Chazbro' vintage eguipage!
Credit: Jaybro
( Elin, his daughter/ my oldest niece belaying...)
Credit: Jaybro
Vintage JRat harness with matching Skeletor chalk bag!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Sep 3, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
Great place and great thread. Here are a couple from Mt Rushmore last month,



mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Dec 15, 2013 - 08:54pm PT
I don't know if it was warm for you all but since it was 75 degrees warmer than last week it felt warm to me. So we had a ice climbing, rock climbing, and skiing sunday.
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 15, 2013 - 10:33pm PT
Pretty fricken cool, that.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 24, 2013 - 11:11pm PT
Mike M, are you familiar with this artist?
Credit: Jaybro
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Dec 24, 2013 - 11:26pm PT
Who is it?
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 24, 2013 - 11:33pm PT
Richard Dubois
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Dec 24, 2013 - 11:47pm PT
Yes I do know him. He is a retired bhsu professor. Also the name of the formation in front of the car is picture rock. Jack and I did it earlier this year. The ten pins are in the background. Was it a Christmas present? I got a framed picture of the tower.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 25, 2013 - 04:33pm PT
Yeah Chazbro got it for Christmas. Cool stuff, I understand he has a lot of other local subjects.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jan 26, 2014 - 09:19pm PT
Honeybear which is by the "Sex Cave" by Sylvan Lake
Honeybear which is by the "Sex Cave" by Sylvan Lake
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Harney Flow or "Nelson Creek?"
Harney Flow or "Nelson Creek?"
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Jack and I climbed and camped in the needles all weekend climbing most of the needles ice. This included Honney Bear, Harney Flow, and the Elk Horn flow. Jack got to solo lots of easy ice. We camped in the cave above Little Devils Tower parking lot. Some of you may have hung out there back in the day. It is a great site but the forest is either been killed by beetles or cut down by loggers. The walking is not pleasant. It will never look the same in my or my sons lifetime.
Credit: mike m
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jan 27, 2014 - 05:52pm PT
One thing not shown or mentioned is the incredible devistation of the forest. It will not be the same for a long time. The whole north side of Harney is a forest of broken trees. What hasn't been killed by the beatles and boken off 40 feet up the trunk by the wind has been logged heavily. We were in major wind all weekend I know many more thousands of Trees broke off. Many are stacked like pixie sticks and have made getting around much tougher. I guess it will be a true wilderness. Not sure what this means but if you have not been there in the last 10 years you would find the chages sureal.

You can deffinately see the Rock and Routes better now but the approaches are much harder if you get away from the road due to the tree hopping.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jun 22, 2014 - 10:46am PT
Credit: mike m
Got out with Jack last week at Mt. Rushmore. Beautiful morning and there was only one car when we got there at 9:30am. A place with around a 1000 routes and many many classic moderate long clip ups. Waves is about 160ft with about 14 bolts at sustained and varied climbing on dikes and crystals at about 5.8.
WyoRockMan

climber
Flank of the Big Horns
Jun 22, 2014 - 04:59pm PT
Nice one Mike! One of my faves! T- one month!
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Jun 22, 2014 - 09:10pm PT
I absolutely love the Needles. Had a bad experience one time though. Came back to camp to find one tent missing(and everything in it). The thieves went into my tent and sifted through the stuff they wanted and stole selectively. We ended up losing about $2000 in gear(cook set,headlamps,sleeping bag,tent,etc.). The guy next to us got even more screwed. The really suck part was that we are sure it was climbers. I know,I know our fault... The day before,when we came back from climbing, a couple guys from Ft. Collins were milling around our site and acted shocked when we pulled in. They were shopping. The next day our stuff was gone and so were the Ft. Collins dudes. Sorry,thread drift. But,if you thieves are reading this-there is a special place in hell reserved for you. End of rant. :-)
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jun 22, 2014 - 10:08pm PT
Bummer capt. Where were you camped? Not too many free areas left. Pay sights Are usually pretty safe.
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Jun 22, 2014 - 10:18pm PT
Mike-Yeah,I'm not too bummed about it anymore.Just had to tell my tale.We were at that place right past Rushmore Needles. I bet it's not free anymore though,is it? Super cool to walk to the Rushmore areas and the bouldering was also pretty cool. I seriously considered moving to Rapid.I love that place.
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