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Areas = 15
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All 464 | Routes 8 | Areas 1 | Photos 11 | Page Improvements | Comments 66 | Posts 5 | Stars 191 | Ratings 182
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Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Marker : Middle Marker Area : Micro-Climb (5.8)
By: Mark Orsag When: Apr 27, 2016

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Comments: Not recently. It was about 3-4 years ago. There were some loose crystals up top and a big loose very rotten horizontal flake (hard to avoid touching it) that was literally flaking off in the middle of the route. I remember being glad that I had chosen to reverse the usual order of things for me at Rushmore and lead the 9 and toprope the 8 at a dual anchor. I will be right there this summer as leading Jupiter Fly By is a goal. I will take another look at Micro Climb and see if it looks less choss... more >>


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Marker : Middle Marker Area : Micro-Climb (5.8)
By: Mark Orsag When: Apr 17, 2016

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Comments: Poor rock quality in the middle and top of route-- kind of hard to see the holds at the bottom-- annoying.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Marker : Middle Marker Area : Borealis Strut (5.9-)
By: Mark Orsag When: Apr 17, 2016

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Comments: Somewhat overlooked climb in this area. Steep to start to a sweet arête then right ascending traverse to the anchors. Remember this being fairly runout at the top...as noted, you (if you really want a 2 for 1) can set up a toprope for the chosspile that is Micro Climb.


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : The North Forty : Season of the Storm (5.10a)
By: Mark Orsag When: Mar 1, 2016

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Comments: I remember thinking that one of the bolts in the upper crux section must have been placed by a real tall guy! I am 5'9-10"... Remember finally working myself into a very awkward body position somewhat above the bolt and being very relieved when I clipped that bolt and moved on... If I had fallen , I believe that I would have hit the blackish chicken heads of the middle section. That would have been very bad. Otherwise, this was a very fun and varied route on strikingly colored rock.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Veiny : Buddha Boys (5.7)
By: Mark Orsag When: Dec 12, 2015

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Comments: Highly varied and well-protected climbing. Fun.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Monster : Abominable Snowman : Belmont Brie (5.9+)
By: Mark Orsag When: Nov 16, 2015

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Comments: Someone recently told me that the post above was there. Unless there has been a lot of work done on this routes since the summer of 2014, I stand by everything I wrote in warning people off it. The route isn't safe , and I wouldn't climb it again. There was a lot of choss on it, the bolts were "loose spinning buttonheads", and two of them were way offline. The anchors were decayed. I have climbed dozens and dozens of routes at Rushmore, and this is one of only two that I would say "don't climb ... more >>


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : The Land Beyond : Peaceful, But for Gunfire (5.6)
By: Mark Orsag When: Oct 20, 2015

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Comments: Fun route with flowing moves. First outdoor lead for my climbing partner this last weekend.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Veiny : Broken Beliefs (5.9+)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 12, 2015

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Comments: A bit of a height dependent one move wonder. Though I have done many routes rated harder, I can't get this clean even after repeated attempts. One tough move to get to the crimp below the big crystal. At 5 ft. 9", my hand always is a couple of inches too low, and I have to choke the cobra to pull that move and finish up the rest of this route (5.8 technical slab climbing with a couple of bulges thrown in).... Hard start indeed.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Shipyard Rock : Not So Sweet (5.8)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 10, 2015

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Comments: WOD, curious as to what you would rate it?


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Breezy Point : Breezy Point Main Wall : Lazy Afternoon (5.8)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 10, 2015

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Comments: Quirky sequential start for an 8 ; though once the beta is deduced, not too bad. Still, a stick clip might not be a bad idea for a 5.8 leader.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Monster : Abominable Snowman : Belmont Brie (5.9+)
By: Mark Orsag When: Aug 8, 2014

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Comments: Thanks! I read the guidebook description-- thought 5.8 well-protected climb-- let's jump on that at the end of a long hot day...Figured folks should know the reality of this route before wasting time looking for it.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : North Park : Unknown Area 1 : Just Jugs (5.8)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 21, 2014

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Comments: Agreed. I think this depends on height and climbing style. Some people actually think Fintastic is harder than Just Jugs. To me Fintastic was a soft 7 and Just Jugs a full-blown 5.9. JJ is really not my style though...


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Hornets Nest : Second Hand Rose Arete (5.6)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 21, 2014

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Comments: Great and unique climbing. Beginning is a bit awkward and confusing with the two alternate starts. Some moves felt 5.8ish, but after the low bolt on the direct start, it was hard to tell which path you were taking down low. As noted by others here, it looks maybe a bit easier to the right (didn't go that way). For the second though, that would entail some pendulum risk. Expect an "old school" 5.6 at any rate. The arête itself is fun and wonderful with unique flowing movement and amazing exposur... more >>


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Toy Tug Boat : Turtle (5.7)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 17, 2014

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Comments: That is indeed Turtle.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Veiny : Unknown TR (5.10)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 10, 2014

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Comments: Haven't done it yet, but it is called Pull Toys.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Veiny : Unknown 5.7 (5.7)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 10, 2014

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Comments: This is Buddha Boys. There is another 5.7 there that I climbed today called First Date. I will try to photo and post that before I head back to Omaha.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Veiny : Burley Buttress (5.10-)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 10, 2014

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Comments: Fun lead and well-protected climb. Cool right hand arête with some fun and challenging movement. Crux continues until just past the 3rd bolt. Best 10 in the North Park/Veiny area along with Hail Betty. Footwork intensive. Aesthetic with unique holds. Don't miss the crazy mono-crimper for the left hand in the crux. A personal favorite...


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : North Park : Unknown Area 1 : Fintastic (5.7)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 10, 2014

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Comments: Memorable. Cool side pulls off monster fins. Quality route. Best 7 in this area.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : North Park : Unknown Area 2 : BB (Buddha Boys) (5.7)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 10, 2014

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Comments: Popular. Steep but ledgy and real juggy for Rushmore. Climbed it today in humid conditions and one of the holds/ledges featured a puddle the size of a birdbath!


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Critical View : Critical View (5.9)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 20, 2014

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Comments: Love the flowing moves on this-- steep rich crystal seam. Only lacks height... Blowing the third clip with the raised base though might not end well. Somewhat twisted scary stance there for someone under 6 ft. Despite that, a personal favorite...


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Veiny : Dirty Little Secrets (5.7)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 20, 2014

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Comments: Not hard but doesn't flow well at all...


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Veiny : Hail Betty (5.10a)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 20, 2014

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Comments: Very varied climbing-- highly worthwhile route. Physical start followed by a sweet arête. One of the must dos on Veiny along with Burley Buttress and Buddha Boys.


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : The North Forty : Dancing Bears (5.5)
By: Mark Orsag When: Apr 29, 2014

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Comments: Not really a face climb but more a dihedral with wide gear. Liked it despite some rather awkward placements


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Cliffs of Insanity : Swamp Rat (5.8)
By: Mark Orsag When: Apr 21, 2014

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Comments: Lots of exposure, great views and fun climbing. Hard to ask for more!


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Cliffs of Insanity : Rubber Chicken (5.6)
By: Mark Orsag When: Apr 21, 2014

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Comments: Really liked this one -- really steep with big holds, fun climbing and enough thinking to differentiate it, in my mind at least from Fesic and Little Sprout to the right. Thought it was sustained enough to warrant a 5.7 rating.


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