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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 arÍte itself is fun and wonderful with unique flowing movement and amazing exposure... more >>


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Toy Tug Boat : Unknown (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 (5.10a/b)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 10, 2014

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Comments: Cool right hand arÍte with some fun and challenging movement. Crux continues until just past 2nd 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.Four stars if it was taller..


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... : Chopping Block : Veiny : Unknown 5.6 (5.6)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 2, 2014

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Comments: This sounds exactly like Beyond Beauty (5.6). Surely that already listed route is what is being described here...


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Critical View : Critical View (5.8)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 20, 2014

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Comments: Love the flowing moves on this. Only lacks height...


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 (5.9)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 20, 2014

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Comments: Very varied climbing highly worthwhile route.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Veiny : Broken Beliefs (5.9+)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 19, 2014

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Comments: Thought this was one very tricky start. Didn't go well for me; had to choke the cobra pretty horrifically to get past the first bolt. Would definitely agree with WOD''s comment on the stick clip. Have to go back sometime this summer and take a second crack at this route.


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch and ... : 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 and ... : 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 and ... : 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.


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch and ... : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : The North Forty : summer rain (5.7)
By: Mark Orsag When: Apr 21, 2014

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Comments: Fun flowing start, a little monotonous and "ledgy" in the middle but with a fun steep finish.


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch and ... : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : The North Forty : Emmas's Got a Mullet (5.7)
By: Mark Orsag When: Apr 21, 2014

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Comments: Fun little slab climb


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch and ... : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Ren and Stimpy : Memory of Light (5.10a)
By: Mark Orsag When: Apr 21, 2014

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Comments: Some interesting movement-- particularly near the top. More sustained than advertised in the guidebook and slightly sandbagged at 10a. Also a bit dirty/mossy. Still worth doing because of a certain satisfying grunt factor.


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch and ... : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Titanic Wall : Barnacles (5.10a)
By: Mark Orsag When: Apr 21, 2014

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Comments: Nice mix of small holds-- nubbins, edges, pockets. Good sustained movement. Thought it was a bit shorter than 35 ft. though...


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch and ... : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Titanic Wall : Sea Shanty (5.7)
By: Mark Orsag When: Apr 21, 2014

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Comments: Not a bad little option on pale whitish rock. Arkansas start crux ending with a left high step. Slopers at the top make for a second slightly cruxy section on an easy juggy route. Anchors at the top are a bit primitive-- just two bolts. This route tends to be less wet apparently than some of the others in this section that can catch a lot of runoff even on sunny days.


Location: WY : Grand Teton National Park : Grand Teton : Owen Spalding (5.4)
By: Mark Orsag When: Feb 21, 2014

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Comments: You can go left at several points -- The Crack of Doom, etc.. Probably raises the rating to 5.6, but it was still faster and pretty easy. Helped us get to the front of the "long snake" of ascending climbers.


Location: WY : Devil's Tower : South and East Faces : TAD (5.7)
By: Mark Orsag When: Feb 21, 2014

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Comments: Didn't think this one was nearly as unpleasant as a lot of other folks do...


Location: WY : Devil's Tower : Durrance Approach : Pseudo- Wiessner (5.8)
By: Mark Orsag When: Feb 21, 2014

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Comments: Really like this route-- particularly the top of the stembox first pitch and all of the the grunty but wonderful 2nd pitch. Lots of really good crimps hidden way in the back of that chimney


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