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Member Since: Feb 21, 2003
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Location: SD : The Needles - A Climber's G... : Photo
By: Ryan Minton When: Oct 4, 2007

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Comments: I agree with Christian's comment. And beyond that, the content choice and layout/design of the guide does nothing to celebrate the tradition of Needles climbing- I feel it's more of a mockery, although I'm sure that was not the intent.

A decent effort, but nowhere near being THE guide to the Needles. For this, we still wait...


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : Terminator Amphitheatre : Rock, Ice and Fistfights (5.9+ WI/AI? M?)
By: Ryan Minton When: Oct 26, 2004

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Comments: John- does the 5.9+ rating reflect the grade that the route would garner if climbd during the summer in rock shoes? And how would this translate to the M ratings...M6/7? Looks like some cool development, I'd like to know more about the ratings and the context they apply themselves to. Thanks!


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Breezy Point : West World : Grotto : Don't Shoot, I'm Only the B... (5.10d)
By: Ryan Minton When: Jun 30, 2004

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Comments: Great climb for sure. Thoughtful moves followed by good rests make this route a must do! I found the lower section of the climb to be the most strenuous, but the upper section had it's moments as well! Protection bolts are placed right where you need them, and a #1 Camalot and ~#8 BD Stopper can be used to protect the gear section. The route is definitely rated 10d for someone who knows the moves. The onsight rating might be 11a- getting it first try with no beta is a challenge!... more >>


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Emancipation : Dire Spire : Conn Route (5.7 R)
By: Ryan Minton When: Jun 9, 2004

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Comments: A good route, the second pitch gets exciting towards the top with some thoughtful moves and some decent exposure. This route is worth doing at least once.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Emancipation : White House Wall : Political Prowness (5.10b)
By: Ryan Minton When: Jun 9, 2004

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Comments: Does anyone have individual ratings for each pitch? Also, are all belays set from your own gear or is there anything fixed? Thanks much!


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Reef 2 : Ankles Away (5.10d)
By: Ryan Minton When: Jun 9, 2004

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Comments: Small stoppers and a yellow alien protect the lower section of the route. A #2 Camalot slots into the very top of the crack before you move left and up towards the bolt. Great route- be sure to keep yourself balanced towards the top!


Location: SD : Raspberry Rocks : Weather Watchers Wall : Frosted Red Raspberry Pop T... (5.10d)
By: Ryan Minton When: Jun 9, 2004

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Comments: Awesome pitch- the bottoming crack at the crux provides for some exciting moves. Protection on this route is beyond adequate. Bolts are right where you want them to be and there are good gear placements when you need them.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Marker : Middle Marker : Deja' Vu Prophecy (5.10c)
By: Ryan Minton When: Jun 8, 2004

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Comments: Great route- the bear hug section on the first pitch is spectacular! The only gear that I used besides the bolts was a blue Alien down low on the first pitch (after the overhang) and a yellow Alien in the stemming/bear hug section. We didn't see the need for any extra gear on the second pitch, but there are placement options should one deem them necessary. Go do it!


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Emancipation : White House Wall : Garfield Goes To Washington (5.8)
By: Ryan Minton When: May 23, 2004

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Comments: Kolby- the third pitch is very manageable. About 10 feet above the belay, there is a perfect slot for a #1 Camalot (or equivalent). Above that, move to the alcove with the large crystals in it, and look around to your right- there is a decent placement for a yellow alien in this spot. From here, it is only a few more moves to the first bolt, with an optional nut placement before the bolt. Remember, too, that the climbing up to this bolt is not hard by any measure- it's just that with t... more >>


Location: SD : Raspberry Rocks : Weather Watchers Wall : Somewhere East of Fresno (5.10c)
By: Ryan Minton When: May 23, 2004

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Comments: 5.11a? I think 10c is an appropriate rating for this route. I can recall a few moves that MIGHT have been 10d, but 11a? I had minimal trouble with this route, and I most certainly don't climb 5.11 easily! Great route, though- go do it!


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Cathedral Spires
By: Ryan Minton When: Nov 25, 2003

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Comments: Is anyone aware of whether or not any ice forms in the Spires during the winter months? The Worm Hole Route on Spire 4 gets pretty wet in the summer at times, maybe there would be some potential for ice to form? Any info is appreciated...


Location: WY : Devil's Tower : Durrance Approach : Rangers Are People Too (5.10a)
By: Ryan Minton When: Nov 25, 2003

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Comments: Which guidebook calls it 10a? Maybe the rating applies to the fact that it seems a bit sustained towards the top? Good route no matter what...


Location: WY : Devil's Tower : Durrance Approach : Rangers Are People Too (5.10a)
By: Ryan Minton When: May 20, 2003

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Comments: Are you sure about that rating? I was under the impression that the route was rated at 5.9-, I did it last time I was up at the Tower and it didn't feel like it was a 10- ?


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : 11th Hour Gulch
By: Ryan Minton When: Feb 25, 2003

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Comments: As of today (February 25th, 2003) the ice has filled in nicely, lots of fun climbing!


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas
By: Ryan Minton When: Feb 21, 2003

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Comments: I agree wholeheartedly with the above comment- your efforts do not go unnoticed. I for one am VERY appreciative for these safer bolts and anchors, and I think I speak for the majority when I say we all are- keep up the good work, if you would like any help, let me know!