Get there: From Sylvan, got through the tunnel and park immediately on the left. Walk uphill (on the path) for maybe 200 feet until you come to a large right-facing dihedral with 2 huge ferny cracks in the inside corner (one on each side of the dihedral). Horseshoes and Hand Grenades is the finger crack 5 feet to the left of the corner.
Climb it: Rack up some small cams and nuts and climb to the bolted anchors & chains which you'll find on the ledge above the crack. This climb is consistent 5.11 all the way, with good but small finger jams and a few face holds on either side. The crux for me (on toprope) was about 1/3 the way up.
Small nuts and cams.
Adam nearing the top of "Horseshoes and Hand Grena...
|By Andy Busse|
From: Rapid City, SD
Jun 4, 2004
Has anybody heard if Larry Shaffer's guidebook is out yet or what the status of it is?
|By Brent Kertzman|
From: Black Hills, SD
Jun 19, 2011
rating: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a PG13
Prepare for some finger licking good on this Needles classic. Short, stout and technical not too mention a bit physical. An assortment of small brass nuts, small to medium stoppers, plus cams small to thin hand sized make for an adequate rack. Go do it... Just remember close only counts in "Horseshoes & Hand Grenades".