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Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : Sunshine : Big Black Face : Black Sheets of Rain (5.10a)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Aug 1, 2014

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Comments: Max
Sorry to hear that you had a bolt pull out. Glad you are ok! I will make the needed repair with a bigger and better bolt.


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jul 3, 2014

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Comments: Thanks for the props on the area. It has taken a lot of people a lot of time and effort to get the area established. But no matter how hard we look the moderates just don't exist in the canyon. We as a group have decided to not bolt a crappy little face just for an easy shitty route. You are correct in saying that Spearfish Canyon is mainly 5.11 and up. Those are the grades that make this area shine. We also don't have the crowds like the areas you mention. The lack of moderate grades helps with... more >>


Location: SD : The VC
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jun 27, 2014

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Comments: The roads fine except for some mud do to the rain. Should dry up as soon as rain stops. Other than that conditions are good.


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : Big Picture Gully : Big Picture Wall : First Blood (5.12c) : Photo
By: Mikel Cronin When: May 30, 2014

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Comments: It's not First Blood. Either Slaughter House Five or Dazed and Confused.


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : Shadowlands : Wall of Wow : Yeah (5.12c)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Mar 28, 2014

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Comments: I OBJECT!


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : The Dark Side : Fast Hair Wall : Schwibbles (5.10c) : Photo
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jan 30, 2014

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Comments: Ingenious!


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : Sunshine : Big Black Face : Sir Slabs A Lot (5.10+)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Nov 26, 2013

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Comments: Yes it did. I was up putting in new ss anchors on the big black face and came down this route. Two of the bolts were in loose hollow blocks and I was able to flex multiple flakes. It needs a good cleaning before it's going to be safe. The bolt studs, nuts and washers are still there. If somebody wants to learn how to clean a route they could cut their teeth on this one. I have the hangers for it and new bolts to replace the suspect ones.


Location: SD : The VC : Comment : Photo
By: Mikel Cronin When: Oct 19, 2013

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Comments: Not bad, just a lot of bent over birch and oak.


Location: SD : The VC
By: Mikel Cronin When: Oct 15, 2013

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Comments:
VC flooded!
VC flooded!

VC is flooded.


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : The Mohican : Purgatory : Mephistopheles (5.13a)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Sep 3, 2013

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Comments: Route has been revised once again. The first 3 bolts have now been moved. All the clips are good and the crux is well protected even though it appears runout. Jaimie took the ride a few times and ended up well above the ground. The reason the anchors were dropped is because the original set were in a large block. You still do the fun exit moves and clip from the same finish jug, just clip the lower set of anchors. And Greg you can chime in whenever you want, I was just yanking your chain.


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : The Mohican : Purgatory : Mephistopheles (5.13a)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Sep 2, 2013

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Comments: Jaimie if you bring up the drill and hammer ill bring up the hardware. Maybe we can fix this so you quit your bitching! Greg you should just stay out of this, you don't even climb anymore.


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : Big Picture Gully : Big Picture Wall : Slaughterhouse Five (5.11a)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jul 8, 2013

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Comments: Nothing has broken off, it's just solid for 11a.


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : Shadowlands : Delicacy Wall : Monkey Brain Stew (5.12a)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jun 13, 2013

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Comments: I'm all for stick clipping for safety but when your clipping up half the route that's a little extreme. Have a good belayer and don't fumble the clip. I don't know one person, awesome or not who has decked from there.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Sylvan Lake : Photographers' Peak Area : Aquarium Rock : Sea Monkeys (5.10)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jun 11, 2013

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Comments: Travis you are brilliant!


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : Shadowlands : Delicacy Wall : Monkey Brain Stew (5.12a)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jun 11, 2013

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Comments: Why does the 3rd need to be stick clipped? I recall it being a little stressful to clip but reasonable.


Location: SD : The VC
By: Mikel Cronin When: May 18, 2013

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Comments: The road opened on May 15th. A high clearance vehicle is not needed but it is recomended. Just drive carefully and if it looks like rain goto Speafish Canyon.


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : Shadowlands : The Dojo : Wax Off (5.12b)
By: Mikel Cronin When: May 6, 2013

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Comments: This route is actually only 3 bolts not 10. And it's maybe 35 feet long. Still a fun climb and quite sustained, more like a roped highball.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Mount Baldy / "old baldy" : Old Baldy Frontside : Seul Avec Dieux Boulder : Irreducibly Complex (V6)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jan 24, 2013

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Comments: I also have a hard time on this one. One thing that sticks in my mind is pressing super hard up on a high right foot. It made my right toe feel like it was going to explode. Some people make it look easy though.


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon
By: Mikel Cronin When: Oct 18, 2012

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Comments: No but they do sell them at Cheyenne Crossing at the top of the canyon. Might want to call them and see what their fall hours are. If you are near rapid city I can sell you one tomorrow (Friday).


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon
By: Mikel Cronin When: Sep 26, 2012

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Comments: Finding routes in Speafish in the easy ballpark is tough. I really hate to say it but Skeletal Remains holds the grades and kid environment you are looking for. It is the worst area for quality routes and true canyon feel. Custer State Park or Mt. Rushmore are much better areas for kids who actually want to climb. The limestone tends to be hard for kids to gets skills on.


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon
By: Mikel Cronin When: Sep 4, 2012

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Comments: The guide book has a baby rating for every crag. Check it out at blackhillsclimbingguide.com. I have a 6 yo and she can hang out safely at all the crags.


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : The Mohican : Indian Wars Wall : Last of the Mohicans (5.12a)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Aug 14, 2012

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Comments: Did you tighten it?


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Photo
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jul 29, 2012

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Comments: Problems way downhill from black roughy.


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : The Dark Side : Dark Side Wall : Gabba the Nut (5.12d)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jul 25, 2012

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Comments: More like 12c, better now that it follows holds and not forced out left.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Sylvan Lake : Outlets : Outer Outlet : True to Form (5.11+)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jul 11, 2012

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Comments: Which bolts did Joel drill? I will make sure not to test them.


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