Type: Sport, 130 ft
FA: Bob Archbold
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Shared By: Brian Milhaupt on Aug 5, 2002
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

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A great straighforward sport route. Follow the trail from the parking area north, it will turn uphill towards the left side of Aquarium Rock. The route starts on the left side of the gully at the base of a slab. Scramble the slab to the first clip. Fire straight up the well-worn face past five or six bolts, followed by a long runout on easy low angle terrain with one horn to sling. A one 60m rappel from the backside. A short downclimb is necessary to reach the rappel bolts.


6 draws, one long sling, a couple mid-size cams for the belay
This route only has four bolts, hence the name. Nov 27, 2002
A classic route that has good pro for the hard climbing. The big crystal that you could sling is very loose. It looks like you can place small TCUs and nuts at several spots along the runout. Jul 26, 2004
The route requires four draws, unless you want to skip any of the four bolts-you probably wont. Dont fall from the top, as I recall there is no gear the last 60 feet. If you want to spend more time than is necessary to look around you may find some gear between the last bolt and the top of aquarium. If you reach the point above the last bolt where it turns to easy climbing, just hike the rest of the route. the last 60 feet is 5.2 or 5.3 old school needles grade, confirmed by the anonymous coward and the LE (local expert) For more info on this or any other route contact the Anonymous Coward or the LE. Feather Buttress anyone? Jul 31, 2004
I just climbed this route two days ago. I found at least ten places to loop runners in the run out section. Welcome to the Needles. Aug 3, 2004
joelhagan Hagan
Rapid City, SD
joelhagan Hagan   Rapid City, SD
First ascent was by Bob Archbold, and I believe the actual name of the route is "Four Little Fishies" not "fishes" Oct 10, 2007
Casey Lems
Lakewood, CO
Casey Lems   Lakewood, CO
The runout is very long. I wasn't convinced the slings I looped were going to hold in a fall, but the climbing is very easy. Belay anchors are to the FAR FAR north east side of the rock (Back-right from where you climb).

Fun route, until the runout. Jul 7, 2009
No nuts or cams are needed for the belay, just a sling and some creativity. Mar 19, 2012
Ryan Emery
Black Hills, SD
Ryan Emery   Black Hills, SD
Most parties that I have seen and myself sling the arch with three slings. Slide two slings as far to each side of the arch as you can and one in the middle. I have seen people make a chain of slings which seems un-called for. Clove hitch your rope and extend it so u can belay over by the edge. Apr 26, 2016