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Liquid Sunshine S 
Lon's Route S 
Lone Johnny & His 10-Inch Neck S 
Plea Bargain S 
Preparation H S 
Presumed Innocent S 
Scar Face S 
Sewn Up S 
Six Gun Sally S 
Soiled Dove S 
Soiled Father Doves S 
Son of a Thousand Fathers S 
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A small sport climbing area with easy access. Not a destination in & of itself, but some fun climbing nonetheless. Grades range from 5.7 to 5.11?.

The rock here is a bit polished from use; I guess that means it is pretty clean as well.

Getting There 

From Spearfish and the start of 14A, go approximately 3 miles into the Canyon, look for a turnout / parking area on the right. The last time I was there the turnout was the 3rd one encountered on the drive.

There is an obvious trail on the N side of the parking area, follow that for a minute until you reach the rock.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.4 miles from here

25 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Skeletal Remains:
Storm Trooper of Love   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Liquid Sunshine   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Plea Bargain   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Son of a Thousand Fathers   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Buster Douglas   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Cokes and Crowbars   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Buffalo Gap   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Tongueless Wonder   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
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Buffalo Gap 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  SD : Spearfish Canyon : Skeletal Remains
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By Anonymous Coward
Aug 19, 2002
5.7 to 5.13+
By Greg Parker
Nov 10, 2002
13+? The grades range from 5.6 (Sewn Up) to 5.12c (Custer's Last Stud). If you want to experience a nice Pete deLannoy sandbag, get on Tongueless Wonder, 11a. Trivia question: Does anybody know how this route got its name?
By Anonymous Coward
Jan 23, 2003
Nathan Renner was trying to put on a Vector and as he was doing it he pulled the tongue out and thus the name tongueless wonder.
By Greg Parker
Jan 25, 2003
Wow! That last comment had to be by Nate. I don't think anybody else knows that besides Pete.
By Miah
Jan 3, 2007
I"ve always wondered were that name came from. Tonguless is one of the finest routs in the canyon and one of the best 5.11's I've ever done. It's also probably the hardest .11a I've ever been on.
By Greg Parker
Jan 5, 2007
Pete used to get all heated when I would suggest that Tongueless was hard for 11a... "you don't know dude. Go climb some runout 5.11s in the Needles, then come talk to me."
I think it's more like 11c. It's brilliant though. Fun to put your unsuspecting friends on.
By Glenn Foltz
Jun 20, 2010
Parking Area and Trailhead are at N4427.04 W10351.82, the area is at N4427.09' W10351.82!
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