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Touch the Sky: The Needles in the Black Hills of South Dakot

Piana, Paul. Touch the Sky: The Needles in the Black Hills of South Dakota. New York, NY: American Alpine Club, Inc., 1983.

This book is the most comprehensive published source to the Black Hills Needles. It includes many of the standard destinations of the Needles and also has very obscure areas as well.
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The Needles of Rushmore

Busse, Andrew & Burr, Andrew. The Needles of Rushmore. Boulder, CO: Fixed Pin Publishing, 2012. ISBN 978-0-9819016-4-0

Nearly 30 years since the release of Paul Piana’s Touch the Sky, The Needles of Rushmore is a fully comprehensive update to the mystical treasure map of the granite in the Southern Black Hills (east of Harney Peak). The book includes over 900 detailed routes from Palmer Gulch to Remington Road, including the popular sport climbing area, Mt. Rushmore. The Needles of Rushmore transcends guidebooks with the creative work of coauthor, Andrew Burr (senior climbing photographer of Climbing magazine). Combine this stunning photography with the meticulously sculpted route descriptions and The Needles of Rushmore sets a new benchmark for rock climbing guidebooks.
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The Needles - A Climber's Guide to the Black Hills Needles

Zach Orenczak and Rachael Lynn/Extreme Angles Publishing

From the Extreme Angles website:

The Needles are a fantastic wonderland of rocky granite spires tucked deep in the Black Hills. The climbing here is legendary; from the wild face climbs that lead to table top summits, to giant “chicken head” knobs which sometimes need to be slung for gear! The Needles of South Dakota are a must for anyone looking for adventure. Included in this full color guide are detailed descriptions, precise topos and even tear-out route cards for some of the longer routes—no more toting the book along on long climbs. The Needles was heavily researched and includes many historical photos and anecdotes. It is an essential for those that dream of going or those who are on their way.

-Full color throughout
-Sewn binding
-Ultimate selection of the very best spires
-Full coverage of the Moonlight Ridge sport climbs (70 bolted lines)
-Intensive, precise rappel information
-Nearly 70 full color maps and topos
-Geographic color-coded tabs for quick reference
-Tear-out route cards
-Scads of classic photos
-Hilarious stories

Black Hills Limestone Rock Climbing Vol. 1

Mike Cronin. Sharp End Publishing. Estimated publish date of late June 2011.

This comprehensive new guide book will cover all the limestone sport climbing in the Black Hills. It will include Spearfish Canyon, Victoria Canyon, Falling Rock and Bethlehem Canyon. Over 718 routes are featured with full color wall photos and lots of killer action shots.

You will be able to purchase the guide directly from Mike, through the website (still under construction), or through Sharp End Publishing. Links and updated information will be added as it becomes available.

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