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Location: SD : Custer State Park : Moonlight Ridge : The Galaxy : Jupiter (5.9-) : Photo
By: Mark Orsag When: 1 day ago

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Comments: Jupiter 5.9- is the bolted sport route on the right; the crack on the left is the 5.7 trad route Saturn. Both are quite worthwhile.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Moonlight Ridge : McQ's Pinnacle/Thin Fin : Chantilly Lace (5.6)
By: Mark Orsag When: 4 days ago

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Comments: An absolute classic for the grade! I enjoyed Chantilly Lace even more than Rushmore's awesome Gossamer!


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Moonlight Ridge : The Galaxy : Jupiter (5.9-)
By: Mark Orsag When: 4 days ago

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Comments: If you miss the "hidden hold" at the upper (2nd) crux section, this route is going to feel very hard for 5.9. If you find it, this will climb like an easy 9 or even an 8. Fun route!


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Moonlight Ridge : The Galaxy : Minuteman (5.6)
By: Mark Orsag When: 4 days ago

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Comments: Height-dependent start-- something like 5.7+, unless you are fairly tall, with the rest being 5.5 regardless of height. This is a fun route with hidden jugs everywhere. Not a typical Needles route. You can get a 2 for 1 (Sidewinder 5.9) from the Minuteman anchors.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Veiny : Unknown TR (5.10)
By: Mark Orsag When: 5 days ago

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Comments: But Groovin' has bolts.


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Roman Wall : Commodus (5.10b)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 23, 2016

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Comments: Really high quality arĂȘte with beautiful perfect stone. A fifty-something like me can also get to the top, look up at Maximus (which is effectively the 2nd pitch) laugh loudly and head back to the ground...


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Shipyard Rock : All Tuckered Out (5.10b)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 22, 2016

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Comments: What a blast of a climb! Also a nice change of pace from the technical side of Rushmore climbing.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Emancipation : White House Wall : Slant Crack (5.6)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 16, 2016

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Comments: Fun and unique- a classic for the grade!


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : New Roman Wall : Drunken Monkey (5.10b)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 15, 2016

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Comments: Frisbie guidebook has a misprint involving this route. It SHOULD BE Drunken Monkey 5.10c, but is listed as Stereo Love 5.10c. Stereo Love is actually a 5.10a on the New Roman Wall somewhat to the left of Drunken Monkey.


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Photo
By: Mark Orsag When: May 15, 2016

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Comments: What a friendly Jack Russell! Just met him during my May trip...


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem...
By: Mark Orsag When: May 14, 2016

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Comments: Amazing single-pitch highly technical sport climbing-- mostly slabby to vertical crimping. Bolting might be a little sparse for some, but if you think Rushmore is bad, try Custer State Park (except for the Moonlight Ridge crag). Rushmore is my favorite place to climb on earth.


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch
By: Mark Orsag When: May 14, 2016

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Comments: Great place for safe sport climbing-- beginner , intermediate, advanced, and near world-class (with one world class route). Usually very well-protected climbing. More three-star climbs than you can imagine!


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Mr. Magoo Rock
By: Mark Orsag When: May 13, 2016

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Comments: Totally understand that...


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Mr. Magoo Rock
By: Mark Orsag When: May 13, 2016

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Comments: Luc,

Hmmmh... all I can say is that we looked at the start of 5 routes at the end of a day that had included climbing at the Roman Wall and the Middle East. I'm also 5ft 9in and in my fifties so no jumping... (though arm length is a factor as well). On two of the routes, there were little rock stacks but my hands still weren't even close to where they would have needed to be [the heavily chalked starting holds], same with the third route (except no rock stack). There were two others that we che... more >>


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Middle East : Rosie's Cantina Area : Oakie Dokie (5.8)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 8, 2016

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Comments: Really height dependent throughout.


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : The North Forty : Action Hotdog (5.6)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 8, 2016

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Comments: P Chuck--You climbed Action Hot Dog (the picture of Doc) 5.6/5.7. The other route is Perfect Hair Forever (the picture of Todd) 5.7/5.8. That route is to the immediate right of Action Hotdog. Both routes are kind of right on the line ratingwise ; though Perfect Hair Forever is the harder and better of the two...


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Roman Wall
By: Mark Orsag When: May 8, 2016

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Comments: Quality stone here...


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Middle East : The Tool Buttress : Rosie's Cantina (5.9)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 7, 2016

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Comments: By contrast, not a fan. Was really looking forward to getting on this "historical" slab climb, but things didn't go as planned. Definitely an "old school" lichen-slick 9-- the current guide now rates it 10a. Sort of bizarre and one of the more un slab-like slab climbs that I have been on with two quite dynamic foot-cutter moves. Got the first but missed the 2nd and took a bit of a "cheese grater." Usually love and cruise slabs in the 9-10 range, but this one bit me (so did the swarming black fli... more >>


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : The North Forty : Eighteen Inches (5.7)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 7, 2016

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Comments: Really thoughtful, varied, and fun route for the grade. One of top 7s in the entire canyon. The new HCR guidebook (Clay Frisbie) gives this route four stars as well..


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Mr. Magoo Rock
By: Mark Orsag When: May 7, 2016

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Comments: Not really a worthwhile crag for shorter climbers--unless they are youngsters with some serious "hops" (with the cut off line being around/over 6ft I'd guess?). This is because a lot of the starts are above air (little caves) or blank vertical walls, and the actual starting bomber jug holds are wayyyyy up there...making the routes essentially inaccessible to shorter folks. Plenty of other great rock on HCR's East Side at crags like Middle East and the Roman Wall though.


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Roman Wall : Optimus Prime (5.10b)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 7, 2016

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Comments: Sentinel Prime (SP) and Optimus Prime (OP) share anchors and the last bolt (which is way off line for SP). Start of OP was pretty tough and a bit cryptic for 10b (a stick clip will come in handy).At least one hold has broken off in the crux, and there is a visible dark orange scar where it was. Very top of both routes (sort of shared) is harder than it looks from the ground. A lead fall from the left side of that steep 2nd sub-crux could be problematic.


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Roman Wall : Centurion (5.10a)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 7, 2016

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Comments: A nice alternative to some of the steeper, pumpier routes at the Roman Wall. This route offers up interesting and flowing (but wandering) movement. Quite a techy climb that lets up toward the top with some wildly-shaped but positive holds.


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 arĂȘte 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.


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