All Locations > South Dakota > The Needles Of Ru… > Mount Rushmore Na… > Mount Baldy > Old Baldy Frontside > Hydra-Crack Boulder
Avg: 3 from 3 votes
|Type:||Trad, Boulder, 30 ft|
|FA:||Mark Jacobs 1987 -- First Bouldered: Mike and Rusty Lewis 89?|
|Page Views:||113 total, 5/month|
|Shared By:||Mike Madsen on Dec 8, 2015|
|Admins:||Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty|
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DescriptionHydra-Crack is the prominent lie back crack feature on the formations north face. It was first climbed on a few pieces of sketchy gear by Mark Jacobs in 1987. Mark writes, " My last climbing season in the Black Hills wrapped-up in '87. Hydracrack near Baldy is a bookend of that era for me. Future climbers would leave the rope & rack behind on a route near the center of the bouldering wonderland they would explore & develop. I lead the route with a few pieces. A B1 problem to an 11a layback. If I had left behind the rope and pro, I might claim some connection to development of Rushmore bouldering. Or found the trailhead. But that remained for the next group of climbers."
This is a classic highball at Rushmore and would be a true classic if cleaned up and given some new TLC.