Nate Renner sticking the throw on Powers That Be. ...
This small, isolated area has four short routes, a 13a/b, 13a, 12c/d and a 10d. The rock on all four routes is bomber and the moves on all three "hard" routes are very powerful. The movement on these routes is superb, albeit short-lived.
The name "Greg's Gully" was coined (besides obvious reasons) to differentiate it from the newly developed (at that time) Big Picture Gully.
The most direct way to Greg's Gully potentially crosses private property, so I won't describe it here.
Hike up as if going to Blue Sky. When you reach the main trail, go right to reach the next main section of cliff (which houses Nate's "Sound of Silence", 11b). Walk along the base of the cliff following a very faint trail. As long as you have the cliffs off your left shoulder, you won't get lost. Follow this trail until a deep, obvious gully is reached, which will probably take about 15 minutes. Hike down and across this boulder-strewn gully and the routes are directly up the hillside on the other side.
Climbing Season For the Blue Sky area.
Weather station 7.5 miles from here
4 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Greg's Gully
Powers That Be 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c SD
: Spearfish Canyon
: ... : Greg's Gully
This is one of those routes that had my number. I knew how hard it was, I knew how to do it, I knew I could do it, and yet I fell in the same place every stinking time. I gave up (in '96) and Scott from MN nabbed the FA (in '06, in the rain just to add insult to injury).Anyway, this route is incredible and incredibly powerful. Climb the slightly overhanging first 15 feet up to the bulge. The climbing through the bulge is some of the coolest I've done in the canyon. After you manage the crux bulg...[more] Browse More Classics in SD
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