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Stormy Night

5.7, Sport, 50 ft,  Avg: 2.2 from 48 votes
FA: Bob and Tammi Archbold-2000
South Dakota > The Needles Of… > Mount Rushmore… > South Seas > Cavity
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Description

The side of Cavity rock facing Toy Boat has 4 bolted routes (as of the date climbed). This is the furthest route to the left as facing the rock. Follow the bolts to a short chimney. Anchors at top of chimney. Very fun!

Protection

4 bolts

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Mindy Harrell creeps up "Stormy Nightg"
[Hide Photo] Mindy Harrell creeps up "Stormy Nightg"
Fun line with varied moderate climbing and a spacious belay ledge. Some rate 5.8 others 5.7; you could probably make a pretty good case either way. Interesting crux is pretty well-defined. You can go right over or to the right or left of the bolt at the crux-- all three paths are pretty different in terms of the climbing but similar degrees of difficulty regardless of style.
[Hide Photo] Fun line with varied moderate climbing and a spacious belay ledge. Some rate 5.8 others 5.7; you could probably make a pretty good case either way. Interesting crux is pretty well-defined. You can…
Queen Shauna enjoys the beautiful weather AND the taste of the rope as she prepares to clip...
[Hide Photo] Queen Shauna enjoys the beautiful weather AND the taste of the rope as she prepares to clip...
Shawn looking for a foot on Stormy Night, while Ben Salverson works his way up Tranquil Evening.
[Hide Photo] Shawn looking for a foot on Stormy Night, while Ben Salverson works his way up Tranquil Evening.
Anne Meyer standing at the two-bolt, lowered anchor after leading the climb.
[Hide Photo] Anne Meyer standing at the two-bolt, lowered anchor after leading the climb.

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[Hide Comment] The anchors have been lowered so to not have to do the last few feet of the chimney Sep 13, 2002
Eric Fischer
  5.7
[Hide Comment] This is a very fun route with a good friction move about half way up. good climb to introduce people to black hills friction. having the anchors lower is nice. Apr 23, 2004
[Hide Comment] 8 or 9 draws? Not too sure about that. I did not climb this route because someone was on it. But all the routes on this side of rock has 3 or 4 bolts? May 31, 2004
Paul Huebner
Portage, WI
  5.7
[Hide Comment] The route is fun to do and has 5 bolts to the anchors. Putt Putt Toot Toot (5.7) is directly west of Stormy Night on the back of Toy Boat I and there's a 5.4 and a 5.3 on the back of Toy Boat II. Again, I don't know their names. I agree this is a nice spot for introducing climbers to Needles friction and for someone's first lead. All of the climbs mentioned above are short and easy to bail from if weather threatens. Also both Stormy Night and Tranquil Evening are in total shade for much of the morning. Jul 13, 2004
Peter Gram
Portland, OR
[Hide Comment] The route to the right of Stormy Night is Tranquil Evening (5.10a). Jul 21, 2004
Andrew Gram
Salt Lake City, UT
  5.7+
[Hide Comment] Good route with a tricky crux for 5.7 Well worth doing. May 30, 2005
Kai Segrud
  5.8
[Hide Comment] If you follow the bolts up (the picture shows someone going up just left)it feels harder than 5.7 Dec 25, 2005
Alex Peterson
Kamas, Utah
[Hide Comment] Great easy lead. After leading we set this up as a TR for the kids and worked on the routes to the right. Very solid route with good friction, edging and balance moves. Jul 8, 2012
Mark Orsag
Omaha, NE
  5.8
[Hide Comment] Nice memorable little route. Was told that there had been some breakage in the crux. This left me with two moves that clearly felt like 5.8. May 2, 2013