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Location: SD : Horsethief Lake Area : The Chessmen : Twisted Tree : Twisted Tree AKA Kenyon's S... (5.9 V4 A0)
By: Tater Tot When: Jul 4, 2013

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Comments: Well, I rated it this way because there was no way to put a free rating and aid rating on mountain project. The beginning is very hard and does climb like a boulder problem. The way I graded it basically lets everyone know that the beginning is significantly harder than the rest of the route and can be bypassed with a little shoulder of a friend. If anyone can't climb hard enough, don't be afraid to get some help and enjoy the upper bit of this beautiful climb! The hard bottom is very short b... more >>


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Sylvan Lake : Outlets : Inner Outlet : Other Trucker Favorites (5.8)
By: Tater Tot When: Jan 9, 2013

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Comments: The V1 in the old guide books stands for variation I believe, not the bouldering rating. I do think this route is tricky and not a 5.8 route to be underestimated. But it isn't really any harder than 5.8, in my opinion.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Cathedral Spires : Spire Three : Cat's Meow (5.9+)
By: Tater Tot When: Jul 20, 2012

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Comments: This climb is actually on Sputnik. I did it today! Excellent.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Sylvan Lake : Outlets : Outer Outlet : West Buttress (5.8)
By: Tater Tot When: Apr 13, 2012

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Comments: What about the two bolts on pitch 3? Were they added? I recently did the whole route with a friend without clipping any of the bolts but did use the bolted anchor. I thought 5.8 was a very fair grade for pitch 2 as did my partner. It is possible that the line of retro bolts on pitch 2 didn't follow the original route. Things to me looked a bit larger farther left. But since I was unsure of the route's path I followed the bolts without clipping them.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Monster : Monster : Creature of Habit (5.12a)
By: Tater Tot When: Sep 13, 2011

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Comments: As Dave said, I would rate this route somewhere around 11a. I should go climb it again and see if I was just having a really "on" day.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Monster : Monster : Hill City Shootout: Bullet... (5.11a)
By: Tater Tot When: Sep 13, 2011

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Comments: We rappelled the route off the Side Arm anchors and made it in one 60 m rope. The ends come just a foot or so short of making it to the ground with rope stretch. At least they did when we climbed it...don't quote us...but we did make it with a single 60 m rope. Good route! Good gear available on the long rising ramp before clipping the first bolt on the upper face. The crux is hard and thin!


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Tenpins/Switchbacks : Leaning Tower : Leaning Tower (5.4 X) : Photo
By: Tater Tot When: May 29, 2011

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Comments: Lengendary. Haha!


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Tenpins/Switchbacks : Wigwam : Wigwam (5.5 PG13)
By: Tater Tot When: May 29, 2011

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Comments: Classic Gill Route - definitely no harder than 5.5. Site of the First Annual Needles Pumpkin party. A favorite.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Cathedral Spires : Spire five : Kampsite (5.8 R) : Photo
By: Tater Tot When: May 18, 2011

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Comments: I didn't know you've done Kampsite Arik! Absolute classic. One of my favorite routes in the spires.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Monster : Monster : Creature Comforts (5.11a)
By: Tater Tot When: Nov 4, 2010

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Comments: Creatures of love is the route that goes up the crack and then through 3 bolts on the face. 5.10 rating.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : The Butcher's Hand : Blood Sausage (5.11)
By: Tater Tot When: Jul 28, 2010

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Comments: Thanks Andy - what did you think about the difficulty rating?


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Shipyard Rock : All Tuckered Out (5.10a)
By: Tater Tot When: Mar 21, 2010

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Comments: What is the stellar fun route that continues up as sort of a second pitch, straight up from the anchors of All Tuckered Out? Worth climbing! Really fun!


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Sylvan Lake : Outlets : Dam - Back Side : California Boys (5.7 R)
By: Tater Tot When: Mar 9, 2010

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Comments: Love this route! But definite potential for ground fall, either before 1st bolt, or between 1st and 2nd. Don't see many people on it even though it's really stellar! Should be climbed more!


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Tenpins/Switchbacks : High Point
By: Tater Tot When: Sep 21, 2009

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Comments: The route is definitely not Flight 714. This route is not in any guidebook that I know of, including Touch The Sky. It's a crack on a small blob of rock next to high point which I believe is unnamed or considered to be part of high point. That's the best I've got for ya.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Tenpins/Switchbacks : High Point
By: Tater Tot When: Aug 29, 2009

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Comments: I'm fairly certain this route is on the formation High Point. Also, the rusted bolts you mention I believe are part of a 5.10 route called Tunes.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Needles Eye : Goldline : Goldline (5.8)
By: Tater Tot When: Aug 4, 2009

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Comments: You can also start this route direct up the face to a single old bolt on a hardish 5.9 licheny face instead of left up the 3rd class ramp. I thought it was fun!


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Tenpins/Switchbacks : Queen Pin : Dairy Queen (5.10b)
By: Tater Tot When: Jul 31, 2009

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Comments: I think the new Queen Pin routes were bolted on rappel. I did not feel that Dairy Queen climbed smooth like a lead bolted route. Also, according to Touch the Sky:

(won't get the quote perfect but something like this...)

"It is preferable that the top rope problems on the Cerberus side of Queen Pin should remain top rope problems, as the steepness of the rock would likely make it difficult to bolt them on lead."


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Picket Fence : Wicked Picket : Conn Route (5.8-)
By: Tater Tot When: Jun 20, 2009

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Comments: The above description has the easy and hard switched when you can choose to go left or right at the 2nd pitch. Right is significantly easier than left. Also I really don't think this route is a full 300 feet. It seems more like 200.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Veiny : Hail Betty (5.9)
By: Tater Tot When: Jun 1, 2009

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Comments: I agree with you Brent. The first couple of moves of this route are definitely harder than 5.9 Has anyone tried the recommended sit start? That looked like a ton of fun but I didn't try it.


Location: MT : Gallatin Canyon : Sparerib Area : Sparerib (5.8)
By: Tater Tot When: May 28, 2009

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Comments: There is a bolted anchor at the top of the first pitch.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Sylvan Lake : Outlets : Dam - Back Side : M & M's (5.7 PG13)
By: Tater Tot When: May 3, 2009

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Comments: I just led this and I missed this apparent new BEEFY BOLT. It says keep your eyes open for it...is it somehow hard to see? I ran it out all the way from the second super old bolt that I'm pretty sure wouldn't have held. It was fun and not too hard of a climb. Definitely need your head in the right place though.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Needles Eye
By: Tater Tot When: Apr 22, 2009

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Comments: I want to tell you a classic Needles story of FIRSTS:

It was...
THE FIRST day the Needles highway was open after our month of blizzards this year...

We were...
THE FIRST climbers (of the spring season) to drive the highway (we drove up to the gate as it was being opened.)...

It was...
MY FIRST time ever leading anything along the actual Needles highway...

We saw...
THE FIRST car to drive through as we were summiting Moonlight Rib and got asked...

THE QUESTION:
HOW DO YOU GET THE ROPE UP THE... more >>


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Sylvan Lake : Outlets : Dam - Back Side : Pieces of Eight (5.9+)
By: Tater Tot When: Apr 22, 2009

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Comments: Beta says four bolts...I only remember 3 but could be wrong.

I had a blast on this route! A hard start - I fell a couple times before the first bolt but there was plenty of mud below making for a soft fall, which I think is usually the case at the bottom of this route. Used an extra shirt to clean my shoes and then chalked them up. Half way up, awesome jugs and a low angle all the way to the top - probably 5.3 or 5.4 climbing on a fun easy face! I imagine the last half of this climb to be l... more >>