Elevation: 3,566 ft
GPS: 44.04, -103.333 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Mikel Cronin on Oct 24, 2008 with improvements by Eric Godfrey
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty
Access Issue: Road open May 15- Dec 15 Details

Description

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!

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

Getting There

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. 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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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 33
Trench Foot NS
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 20
Fortune Cookie
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 28
Hucky Sucky 5.10 Bucky
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 27
Charlie Chang RS
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 19
Going Commie
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 33
Hot Cock
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 41
Love You Long Time
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 33
Mogo Chaji
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 32
Bucket Head
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 20
Me So Horny
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 9
Bluecelee
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 3
Jean Claud Vandam!
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 17
Foot Fist Way
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 21
Steep & Cheap
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 4
Ninja Please
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Trench Foot NS
 33
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Fortune Cookie
 20
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Hucky Sucky 5.10 Bucky
 28
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Charlie Chang RS
 27
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Going Commie
 19
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Hot Cock
 33
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Love You Long Time
 41
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Mogo Chaji
 33
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Bucket Head
 32
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Me So Horny
 20
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Bluecelee
 9
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Jean Claud Vandam!
 3
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Foot Fist Way
 17
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Steep & Cheap
 21
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Ninja Please
 4
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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