Type: Sport, 100 ft
FA: Cindy Tolle, Pete DeLannoy, Paul Muehl
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Shared By: BBQ on Oct 12, 2014
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

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A very nice, bolted path of juggy crystals with a few sections of steep, crimpy, thin stuff located about 80 feet to the right, and around a corner from Goldline. I think. I am not too sure.

My question is, "Has anyone seen Whiteline?" In addition to Whiteline, which I believe has the rusty bolts, there is also something on this formation known as Ed, Ed and Ethyl to the right of Goldline as well. Maybe. I don't even know anymore. Just buy Daryl and Cheryl's guidebook, folks. I was living is a state of ridiculous ignorance until their book cleared a few things up for me.

All I know is that guidebook, by Zach Orenczak, made some really good kindling one night when I couldn't get a campfire started. Here is my main point of irritation; the Goldline masses, along with many other hunks of rock in The Needles, have all kinds of really good routes...and Zach's book doesn't contain any of them. And don't get me started on that "new edition" that came out this year! Did the dude just xerox a few pages from some of those old Poor Person's guides and charge 40 bucks for an "updated" guide or what?

All I know is that it better stop raining so I can go climbing today because I have a lot of anger issues to deal with and the lack of really good information about The Needles is not helping much.


I don't think anyone knows for sure. Just wander around the Goldline formation until you see a good bolt about 10 or 15 feet off the ground. The bolt is not rusty and it is not hard to get to.


The line I described is completely bolted and has bolted anchors.


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Brent Kertzman
Black Hills, SD
Brent Kertzman   Black Hills, SD
There is a route right of Gold Line and one to the left. I want to say the left route is Hot Line and right route is White Line. I climbed both of these back in the early 1980s. I believe Pete DeLannoy and Paul Muehl put in both of these. Oct 12, 2014
Mike Madsen
Rapid City
Mike Madsen   Rapid City  
The Names of Renn Fentons two " Friends". A dedication to him. Oct 13, 2014
Chris Hirsch
Rapid City, SD
Chris Hirsch   Rapid City, SD
The well bolted line of 10 bolts you're trying to describe is a newer direct start to Perlon 5.7, which starts just left passing a couple buttonheads before heading out right to the arete. Hotline is the direct finish of Perlon which climbs past an old ring pin and goes at about 5.10 R.

As for Elmer 5.8... that route sits way around the corner (right most) following 3 buttonheads and isn't that great.
Ethyl 5.8 is left of Elmer, and just right of the arete. Follows 3 buttonheads then finishes on the arete of Perlon. The upper part of Ethyl later had bolts added by the first ascensionist which retroed over Perlon. Ethyl and Elmer are approached via scrambling up gullies from the East.

Whiteline 5.9 is the left most route on the wall and follows cracks. Sep 16, 2018