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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
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All 251 | Routes 44 | Areas 2 | Photos 6 | Page Improvements | Comments 113 | Posts 35 | Stars 49 | Ratings 2
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Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : The Mohican : Lady In Red : Yippey-Kay-Yay (5.10b)
By: Mikel Cronin When: May 19, 2016

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Comments: The route stays on the arĂȘte. Over the years people have chased the holds out left. The bolts are just fine where they are.


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : Sunshine : The Bunny Slope : Jack Rabbit (5.8)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Oct 6, 2015

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Comments: Can look into the loose anchors when I go fix the land of shorties. Help would be appreciated. Sounds like a few things need attention.


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon
By: Mikel Cronin When: Sep 26, 2015

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Comments: If somebody repairs the violet sanctuary let me know and I'll replace the hardware you use. I can get it 2nd week of October if it does not get done prior.


Location: SD : The VC
By: Mikel Cronin When: May 25, 2015

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Comments: The VC does not seep in the spring. Perfect conditions for climbing. The creek is flowing so come prepared to walk in the water. Due to the wet weather the access road is still closed. Might be a good idea to call NFS office for road updates.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Cathedral Spires : Khayyam Spire : Yellow Wall (5.12a)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Sep 28, 2014

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Comments: As of Sept 27 2014 the Yellow Wall has all new protection bolts. All of the anchors were replaced about 6 or 7 years ago. This is a classic route that should not be missed. It's 5.12a for sure!


Location: SD : Spearfish Canyon : Shadowlands : The Court House Wall : Legal Eagle (5.12c)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Sep 22, 2014

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Comments: Legal Eagle and Whopgnar share first 3 bolts then split at good pocket.


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:
Rock Climbing Photo: 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 (5.11-)
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).


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