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Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Shipyard Rock : Tuck and Roll (5.10+)
By: Brad Boner When: Oct 11, 2005

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Comments: I would agree that this is not an example of "grid bolting", as there isn't another route next to it that I know of (but I haven't climbed up there in awhile). I think the person who put up this route saw it as a fun way to top out. The crux is low and the belayer should carefully watch the leader.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Sharks Fin : Shark's Breath (5.7)
By: Brad Boner When: Oct 6, 2005

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Comments: Sweet... It's great to see another thread of senseless bickering about retrobolting. It's been awhile. While we're at it, let's fight about new routes in the Needles or chipping holds in Spearfish Canyon. I eagerly await the day when this site becomes COMPLETELY devoted to those who would rather fight via the internet rather than actually contribute something useful.

Having been away from the Hills for a couple years now, I enjoy checking this site from time to time to see who is dredging up... more >>


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Breezy Point : West World : Grotto : The Safety Blade (5.11a)
By: Brad Boner When: Aug 25, 2004

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Comments: If anything this is overbolted at the bottom. I thought they could've been spaced differently to allow for 2-3 less bolts. The route itself is worth doing. I had a good time climbing it the first time, and I'd climb it again if I was in the area. Also a good route to take photographs of people climbing, as the surrounding formations can be easily scrambled for great vantage points.


Location: WY : Devil's Tower : South and East Faces : TAD (5.7)
By: Brad Boner When: Aug 18, 2004

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Comments: While TAD isn't the greatest climb on the Tower, it certainly isn't the worst. The second pitch is well worth the slog through the first. Not fantastic by any means, but worth doing if you have a day of climbing and you're in the Solar/El Cracko area. So which route will I have to defend next, Chad? Does Valdez Overhang suck ass? Is Babba Cool not so cool? Bring it on! (please note the good humor in these statements).


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Marker : Middle Marker : Star Dancer (5.8)
By: Brad Boner When: Aug 17, 2004

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Comments: Hey, Toni (and to all my other BH climbing homies),

Western Wyoming has been completely refreshing, you might imagine, compared to my former residence in Gillette. A whole new crop of wilderness to explore, and we've been really taking advantage of it. But even with all these mountains and all that rock in my back yard, I still miss the Black Hills. Hope to make it back before the snow flies, so keep in touch.

Heading up the Grand this week, so wish me luck

Cheers,Brad


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Marker : Middle Marker : Star Dancer (5.8)
By: Brad Boner When: Aug 16, 2004

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Comments: This was my first lead in the Hills, and it freaked the hell out of me. I had the chance to do it again last summer and found it was still well worth the time. I think this route has gotten a little harder over the years as some small crystals have seemed to have broken off near the top, and it may go around 5.9 these days. A well-protected route, however, and a must-do in my opinion. I feel like you're on your own on this one, Chad, as just about every regular Black Hills climber I know hol... more >>


Location: WY : Devil's Tower
By: Brad Boner When: Apr 14, 2004

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Comments: They have a list of route closers on the Tower at the trailhead near the parking lot. I was there on Sunday and it had quite a few routes on it. If you're looking for specifics, call and talk to climbing ranger Chuck Lindsey. He should be able to tell you about specific routes.


Location: SD : Falling Rock : South Canyon Wall : Men Without Egos (5.10b)
By: Brad Boner When: Feb 22, 2004

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Comments: Men w/o Egos and Better a Has-been than a Wannabe are both on a north-facing cliff, across the canyon of the more popular area of Falling Rock (sounds like you were in the right area)... they are very close to the end of the peninsula... Men w/o Egos can be identified by spotting the tree that grows at the cliff edge on north side of the outcropping, and the hangers are directly below the tree... once at the base of the route and facing the cliff, Better a Has-been than a Wannabe is to the le... more >>


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Critical View : Dykes Next Door (5.11-)
By: Brad Boner When: Nov 16, 2003

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Comments: To correct my own comments, I was just on this climb today and it appears that someone recently added anchors at the top. Many thanks to the individual who put them there. Also, I think this route could use one more bolt between number 4 and 5. Although the climbing in that section is relitavely easy (5.8ish), falling just before the fifth bolt could result in a nasty deck on the small ledge below. Just a thought...


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Critical View : Dykes Next Door (5.11-)
By: Brad Boner When: Oct 23, 2003

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Comments: It's worth noting that there are no anchors at the top of this climb (at least there wern't this spring), but the anchors on the top of Critical View are easily accessable. It's best to have someone second this route to clean the draws.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Chopping Block : Meat is Murder (5.11c)
By: Brad Boner When: Oct 7, 2003

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Comments: I think you're right, Brent... I've heard it both ways, but I believe it shows up as "Meat Means Murder" in the guidebook...


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Chopping Block : Valdez Overhang (5.9)
By: Brad Boner When: Oct 6, 2003

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Comments: While Valdez is in the Chopping Block Area, it is not on the Chopping Block formation (The formation that contains Baba Cool, Twelve White Sticks, Meat is Murder, Puppy Stew, Going Up to Harlem with a Pistol in My Jeans, ect.), where you have it listed... Posting it on the same rock as Baba Cool might lead to confusion... and who are you calling a gerbil? I think Verdell needs his supper, you fruity little man!


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Chopping Block : Valdez Overhang (5.9)
By: Brad Boner When: Oct 4, 2003

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Comments: This route is nowhere near the Chopping Block formation. It is on a formation called Birthday Rock that is well southeast of the major formations in the Chopping Block area.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Critical View : Critical View (5.8)
By: Brad Boner When: Oct 4, 2003

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Comments: I get a kick out of just walking by this route. Every time I'm in the South Seas and I pass Critical View I'm amused by how people remedy their frustration of the start of the route. As Bob said, the large nob at the bottom keeps getting higher and higher from erosion, and people get more and more creative in how they get up to that nob. Once I saw smaller rocks with sticks on top piled up at the base, another time there was this small boulder there that only could've been lifted by two peopl... more >>


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon
By: Brad Boner When: Aug 1, 2003

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Comments: In response to Mike's comments, i would like to offer my $.02 on the subject... i am of the opinion that five routes with drilled holds in the Canyon is five too many. Ethical issues aside, the fact that there are more than 100 routes in the Canyon that go 5.12 or above is reason enough for routes with manufactured holds to not exist. If these five routes were not created, I doubt it would have downgraded the climbing quality of Spearfish Canyon as a whole. In fact, i think it would have qui... more >>


Location: SD : Rock Maze : South Central Rocks : Little Monster (V13+ X)
By: Brad Boner When: Jun 28, 2003

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Comments: Let's see... Dewell "do" or Dewell "don't"?... my conclusion is "camera trickery"... i'll have to see it for myself!


Location: SD : Falling Rock : South Canyon Wall : Men Without Egos (5.10b)
By: Brad Boner When: May 20, 2003

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Comments: In my opinion, this is by far the best route on the South Canyon Wall. A must-do at Falling Rock.


Location: SD : Falling Rock : North Canyon Wall : Adaptation (5.11a/b)
By: Brad Boner When: May 20, 2003

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Comments: and, oh yes, ditto on the "have fun" part!


Location: SD : Falling Rock : North Canyon Wall : Adaptation (5.11a/b)
By: Brad Boner When: May 20, 2003

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Comments: I definately see your point. But consider this: is a route 5.11a for me because i'm 6'1 and 5.11b for someone 4-6 inches shorter than i am? in many cases, absolutely. in others, not so much. and i can honestly say that i have climbed more than one route that felt a little harder on lead than it did on top rope (and i do mean a little: a/b) because the route is very pumpy and clipping the hangers then the rope while locking off turns the burn on... on toprope you just fire right through... ... more >>


Location: SD : Falling Rock : North Canyon Wall : Blockhead (5.10)
By: Brad Boner When: May 17, 2003

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Comments: I like this route... the clipping stances are a little funky, but once you dial in everything it's a good, pumpy workout...


Location: SD : Falling Rock : North Canyon Wall : Adaptation (5.11a/b)
By: Brad Boner When: May 10, 2003

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Comments: If you say so...


Location: SD : Cliffs of Dune
By: Brad Boner When: Apr 9, 2003

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Comments: Doom = Dune... my mistake... either the person who took me there had it wrong or I heard it wrong... probably the latter, as i'm hard of hearing anyways! sorry for the typ-o! -b


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Sylvan Lake : Outlets : Dam - Front Side
By: Brad Boner When: Mar 22, 2003

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Comments: Are we sure this is a 5.10d? I just climbed this today and it was definately stiff at the crux, but i'm not sure it makes the .10d mark... but what do I know?