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Blue Sky  


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Location: 44.35135, -103.90765 View Map  Incorrect?
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A view of the Blue Sky and Indecent Exposure Walls...

Description 

The climbing here is overhanging and requires a bit of endurance and power. This area also has the hardest route THE STING(5.13c).

Getting There 

To get here drive about 20 miles down the canyon to The lodge and then about another half a mile to a mile and park just past the first bridge where there is a pull out on the right, walk across the road and the trail is there, walk up the hill past several good sized boulders for about 7-8 minutes, Left like half a minute is Lord of the flies wall and right is Gregs Gully, about 20 minutes

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.5 miles from here

73 Total Routes

['4 Stars',21],['3 Stars',37],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',7],['5.10',13],['5.11',19],['5.12',21],['5.13',11],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Blue Sky:
All Strung Out on Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lord Of The Flies Wall
Dragonfly   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Pheromone Wall
Cranium Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   Indecent Exposure
Big N' Tasty   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Indecent Exposure
Tasting Time   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Indecent Exposure
Ka-Pow!   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Indecent Exposure
Carp   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   The Fishbowl
Dicky Do   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 85'   Indecent Exposure
The Conch   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 43'   Lord Of The Flies Wall
Cone Stoned   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 90'   Indecent Exposure
Baby Toes   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 90'   Indecent Exposure
Engine No. 9   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   Iron Horse Wall
Split Her   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   Indecent Exposure
Indecent Exposure   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 80'   Indecent Exposure
Teddy Bersheer   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport   Indecent Exposure
Iron Horse   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Iron Horse Wall
Black Slabbath   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   Lord Of The Flies Wall
Monorail   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 50'   Iron Horse Wall
Flight of the Bumblebee   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 70'   Pheromone Wall
Big Train   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 50'   Iron Horse Wall
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Featured Route For Blue Sky
Me starting up Big Train a long time ago. The moves are hard right off the ground.

Big Train 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  SD : Spearfish Canyon : ... : Iron Horse Wall
Small, small, small pockets up the black streak. Tough right off the ground and continuously difficult for 5 bolts. The climbing is not too powerful, but it requires a lot of tenacity. The redpoint crux going to the 4th bolt is a bit of an eye-opener the first time you try it (I have to pull off of those?). Finishes on easier terrain ~ 5.9. I got the FA of this route kind of unexpectedly.... "I'll just go up and try the moves".........[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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Look at all that Blue Sky. A veiw of the right hand side of the Iron Horse Wall. Routes from left to right, Night Train, Locomotive Breath, Derail, Caboose.
Look at all that Blue Sky. A veiw of the right han...
Awesome new route. Buy the new Spearfish Canyon guide to find out what route this is? Brent please describe photo?
Awesome new route. Buy the new Spearfish Canyon gu...
I had to make you drool, Bacon Station Dakota 5-0hhhh
I had to make you drool, Bacon Station Dakota 5-0h...
Tony on A new route a bsky
Tony on A new route a bsky
Another look at the crack climbs known as Himalayback (left) and Cranium Crack (right)...get on em'! You'll love them. They're sweet like crack-er jacks! To the right and left of these cracks are killer the 5.12's "Oh Huck Yeah!" and "JetScream".
Another look at the crack climbs known as Himalayb...

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By Tane Owens
From: Denver, CO
Apr 30, 2013
First time at Blue Sky this last weekend. I found the routes that I climbed very sustained, which is great. Get up there around noon and you'll have sunshine the rest of the day. It's also a great place if you don't like having to clip a bolt every 5 feet as I found the placements a bit more runout than other areas of the canyon, which is also great.

Can't wait to go back.