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Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 8, 2010 - 04:56am PT
The Needles is such a cool place, and there is some good climbing there too. I happened to be there one summer years ago and can remember hitch-hiking into the park and camping out stealthily(I think it was no camping?) and eating berries and some warm beer and stale bread but still marveling at what a magical place it seemed like.
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Mar 8, 2010 - 08:33am PT
BrassNuts has great ones, but he is currently in Arizona climbing with some other tacos.


He's actually in Arizona watching it rain at the moment...
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 8, 2010 - 09:57am PT
Hahahaha! Yeah, I got the tragic news of the rain there. Meanwhile, for the first time in months, it was sunny and 60 in Boulder. Tell him to post his cool Needles photos!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Mar 8, 2010 - 10:44am PT
I remember great times in the Needles.




Not all of them warm.

andy@climbingmoab

Big Wall climber
Denver, CO
Mar 8, 2010 - 10:56am PT
The Needles is where I learned to climb - I grew up in Rapid City. The Black Hills have weird micro-climates, so you can basically always find somewhere pleasant to climb. I've climbed at Rushmore in a t-shirt on New Years Day, and in the Cathedral Spires in a sweater on the 4th of July.

The Black Hills Needles and the Gunks are by far and away my two favorite cragging areas anywhere, though the Needles would win if I had to choose one. The climbing is so varied there. Rushmore has tons of great sport climbing from 5.4 to 5.14 and the huge bouldering area at Old Baldy on really interested smooth granite. The Needles have a good mix of sport and trad routes on much coarser grained granite with enormous weird quartz crystals - in addition to the many famous death routes there are new good sport areas, well protected trad climbs, and iconic bouldering. There is also so much adventure climbing and new route potential if you hike into the boonies at places like the Playground, Elkhorn Mountain, Calamity Ridge, etc.

Aside from the granite, there is a lot of wonderful limestone sport climbing in the central and northern hills, and even some good sandstone bouldering in the central hills. With Devils Tower an hour away, The Rapid City area has some of the best and most varied cragging you'll find anywhere.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Mar 8, 2010 - 12:22pm PT
Greetings from soggy Phoenix... so far, I've been here for 14% of their annual rainfall in the last two days...

Here's a sunny day shot of Superpin in the Needles. Very cool no anchor summit, pretty spicy climbing, but not as spicy as the Hairy Pin - yikes, that puppy is a real brain melter....
Super Pin summit
Super Pin summit
Credit: BrassNuts
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Mar 8, 2010 - 08:22pm PT
For crystal-face thrills at a much softer grade, there's Cerberus:

L

climber
Hangin' by a thread and lookin' for my wings
Mar 8, 2010 - 08:27pm PT
Great photo, Chiloe. Those formations look like a blast!
Zander

Trad climber
Berkeley
Mar 8, 2010 - 08:34pm PT
All those needles look cool. Thanks all for posting.
Zander
golsen

Social climber
kennewick, wa
Mar 8, 2010 - 08:38pm PT
Nice shot Brass.

I remember being much more scared on Superpinn than Hairy, hehe. Its all in the mind set I guess. Rapping off of Superpin is way gnarly, there were not slings when I did it just that little notch in the top.

Really cool and historical place.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 8, 2010 - 09:04pm PT

Bump for another great Crimpster climbing TR!!!!

(no funnies)? Bwaaahhhh!!!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Mar 8, 2010 - 09:52pm PT
Top 15 areas I've climbed at.

Walking around near Rushmore and out walks this pure white billy goat from the forest. I mean, I seriously expected a gnome or some woodland nymph to dart from tree to tree next.


Tent Peg
Cerberus
Outlet areas
Rushmore areas

just like a tourist, only see the obvious stuff. Next time I want to go hiking and spire tagging.
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Mar 10, 2010 - 09:59am PT
Nice!

While I have yet to climb there, my earliest memory of climbing is watching someone freesolo the Needle's Eye, I was probably 5 or 6...


A couple from the brotherman's adventures there


Hairy Pin


John's Jump
andy@climbingmoab

Big Wall climber
Denver, CO
Mar 10, 2010 - 10:01am PT
John's Jump is one of the most intimidating parlor tricks you'll ever do. How the hell do you rate something like that?
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Mar 10, 2010 - 10:03am PT
Yeah, Pat tells a pretty funny story about that one...though it sounds like a 'must do'


Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 10, 2010 - 10:03am PT
The last time I was in the Needles I did a 'vision quest' run up Harney peak.

"harney peak is the center of the universe. Though, everywhere is the center of the universe." -Black Elk.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 10, 2010 - 10:26am PT
Blargh. The jump makes me queasy just looking at it. If my life depended on that jump,I'd surely die.
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Mar 10, 2010 - 01:51pm PT
Pat said it took a bit of convincing...


Bump for more photos...don't let me kill another thread!
L

climber
Yeah it's a furball...I TOLD you I was a cat!
Mar 10, 2010 - 02:01pm PT
Gotta bump this again because it's about CLIMBING and has awesome photos and peeps in it!


And that jump made my stomach hurt!
homemade salsa

Trad climber
west tetons
Mar 10, 2010 - 09:37pm PT
I think it is Spire 3- with a 3-pitch really easy route. but there is a huge rose quartz window at the top of the second pitch. You belay right below it, and it is translucent.

And I got thoroughly scared one day on, ahem, 5.8+ corner stemming on Khayyam Spire- a route called God's Own Drunk.

A truly magnificent and magic place. Thanks for the photos.
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