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Elevation: 4,274 ft
GPS: 44.00951, -103.33216
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Shared By: Mike Cronin on Oct 24, 2008 · Updates
Admins: Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mikel Madsen, Mark Rafferty
Warning Access Issue: Road open May 15- Dec 15 DetailsDrop down

Description Suggest change

ACCESS: Make sure to access the area from Sheridan Lake Rd. DO NOT APPROACH FROM HWY 44 (RIMROCK/DARK CANYON), the landowners have been generous to the climbing community but are now starting to press trespassing issues.

The VC is in a narrow limestone canyon. Sun and shade are found at all times of the day. The canyon is a very delicate area so tread lightly and respect it. Many local people hike the canyon and would not appreciate a mess. Make sure you pack out everything you bring, including TP! Rattlesnakes have been seen!

Getting There Suggest change

Take Sheridan Lake road west out of Rapid City. You will come to a convenience store on the corner of Sheridan Lake Road and Dunsmore, go 2.1 miles more until you come to Norsemen Lane on the north side of the road (this is the location of the GPS coordinates on the climbing area map). Take this road for about 100yards until you go through a NFS gate (open May 15-Dec 15). The NFS road you come to is #150. Start you mileage at this point. Stay on the well traveled dirt road for 1.7 miles then go right at road 1E. You will drive over a few rubber water bars until you hit an open meadow at mile 2.7. Stay on the well traveled road through the meadow until mile 3.2. There are no motorized signs at this point, park here and walk for .3 miles to an old barbed wire fence (hard to see) and the trail into the canyon. Follow the trail left downhill for about 3 minutes to a sweet overlook of the canyon. Go left and follow the trail down hill for another 2 minutes to the creek. Follow the creek bed to the right for about 5 minutes to the climbing. The creek flows in the spring through mid summer, getting to the routes can be cold and wet. Come prepared for being wet (water shoes, towel etc).

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Classic Climbing Routes at The VC

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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 35
Hucky Sucky 5.10 Bucky
Sport
DMZ
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 47
Hot Cock
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 72
Love You Long Time
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 62
Mogo Chaji
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 54
Bucket Head
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 21
Man China
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 45
Map of Japan
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 31
Me So Corny
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 20
Bluecelee
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 4
Ralph Matchio
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 25
Foot Fist Way
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 31
Steep & Cheap
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 6
Huck Norris
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 9
Ninja Please
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 8
Ho Chi Minh Rail
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Hucky Sucky 5.10 Bucky DMZ
 35
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Hot Cock Main Wall (China & Vi…
 47
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Love You Long Time Main Wall (China & Vi…
 72
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Mogo Chaji Main Wall (China & Vi…
 62
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Bucket Head Main Wall (China & Vi…
 54
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Man China Main Wall (China & Vi…
 21
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Map of Japan Main Wall (China & Vi…
 45
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Me So Corny Main Wall (China & Vi…
 31
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Bluecelee Main Wall (China & Vi…
 20
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Ralph Matchio Main Wall (China & Vi…
 4
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Foot Fist Way Main Wall (China & Vi…
 25
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Steep & Cheap Main Wall (China & Vi…
 31
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Huck Norris Main Wall (China & Vi…
 6
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Ninja Please Main Wall (China & Vi…
 9
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Ho Chi Minh Rail Main Wall (China & Vi…
 8
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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