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South Dakota : Custer State Park

Cover of the 1957 Herb Conn Guide Book  Photo and Guidebook  owner credit: Chris Eggert

Rock Climbs in The Needles

Herb Conn Self Published 1957

Likely the first guidebook / Pamphlet put out for the area by Herb and Jan Conn. The Conns were the first to start ticking off the many summits back in the 50s. This book is more or less for historical purposes as finding a copy would be very hard present day. The guide mainly covers the Sylvan lake and Cathedral Spires areas.

There is a 1993 and 1999 edition the above is the 1999 Edition

Recommended Climbing Routes in The Needles of Custer State Park in The Black Hills of South Dakota

John Page Self Published 1999

A pamphlet style book that was put out by local John Page. It covers the Sylvan Lake area with a few routes in the ten pins and Needles eye area.

Opening pages Cindy Tolles 2004 Sylvan and Needles Guidebook

The Needles of South Dakota Part 1

Cindy Tolle Self Published 2004

The Needles of South Dakota Part 1 also known as Cindy Tolles Guide is a good guide that is out of print currently. The areas covered in the book are: Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye and Ten Pins. Complete with hand drawn topos and a few color pictures of formations.

South Dakota

Black Hills Limestone Rock Climbing Vol. 1

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

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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 http://www.blackhillsclimbingguide.com (still under construction), or through Sharp End Publishing. Links and updated information will be added as it becomes available.

The Needles - A Climber's Guide to the Black Hills Needles.

The Needles - A Climber's Guide to the Black Hills Needles

Zach Orenczak and Rachael Lynn/Extreme Angles Publishing

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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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.