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Location: Arkansas : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : The North Forty : Hangs a Little to the Left (5.8)
By: Mark Orsag When: Mar 10, 2017

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Comments: Watch out for a pendulum fall for the 2nd. HCR guide rates this 5.9.


Location: Arkansas : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Cliffs of Insanity : Fireworks in February (5.8)
By: Mark Orsag When: Mar 10, 2017

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Comments: This has been set up as a two-pitch climb. You can do both or just do the longer 70 foot first pitch and be done (set a long runner for the anchor or rappel). If you try to do it as one long pitch, you would probably get the rope drag as well. Thought this had some very fun movement, particularly on the first longer pitch.


Location: Arkansas : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Confederate Cracks : Adhesive Love (5.8)
By: Mark Orsag When: Mar 10, 2017

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Comments: Smearing and laybacks some pretty weird moves but memorable sustained. Guidebooks says crux at top, which I though was actually the least challenging part of the route. Crux, for me, was at the 2nd bolt. HCR guidebook rates this 9-.


Location: Arkansas : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Crackhouse Alley : Haasenpfeffer (5.10b)
By: Mark Orsag When: Mar 10, 2017

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Comments: Struggled badly on this one, cryptic, gritty and bleeding hands/ adductor injury. Westside routes seems to be graded a bit stiffer than those at other ranch crags. Definitely worst beat down that I have received at the ranch on a mid-10.


Location: South Dakota : Custer State Park : Cathedral Spires : Obelisk : Photo
By: Mark Orsag When: Feb 26, 2017

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Comments: yeah, seriously sandbagged, that thing is 5.9.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Veiny : Babob (5.10c)
By: Mark Orsag When: Feb 21, 2017

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Comments: This climb is no gimme as the bulge near the top is quite tough. Seems a fair bit harder than the other 10s in this immediate area. The body position is awkward, and the left hand crimp there is a puzzling hold.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem...
By: Mark Orsag When: Feb 8, 2017

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Comments: Leashed dogs are allowed, and I have met a number of very friendly ones during my summer climbing at Rushmore. Have taken my dog out there a time or two as well.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Reef 1 : Skin to Win (5.11a)
By: Mark Orsag When: Feb 7, 2017

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Comments: Agree, couldn't do it either w/o cheating...


Location: Arkansas : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Ren and Stimpy : Memory of Light (5.10a)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jan 27, 2017

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Comments: Tricky power sequence on slopers down low; one slightly easier and more sequential and technical sloper crux at the top. Pretty steady 8/9 moves in between. Some lichen and a bit dirty.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Stinger : Belly Flop (5.7)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jan 24, 2017

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Comments: Yeah, this is just weird.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Sea Islands : Tit Rock : Tits and Aspen (5.9)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jan 23, 2017

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Comments: Folks under 6 ft. are basically going to have to solo the crux. Bolts come after that (when you have pretty much ceased needing them). You can get around this by climbing part of the route, and then having someone on the ground hand you a max-extended stick clip, but this is just as messed-up as it sounds. Not a favorite...


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Sea Islands : Tit Rock : Fun Bags (5.6)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jan 22, 2017

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Comments: Always make sure to climb this every summer I'm at Rushmore as a warm-up route or a cool-down route one of the days I'm out climbing there. Fun every time.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Breezy Point : Hall Of Truth Corridor : Probable Cause (5.8)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jan 20, 2017

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Comments: Have done this twice now, and loved it both times. One of those really fun medium-length sport climbs that doesn't qualify for classic status , but is just a blast to do. Get on it!


Location: Arkansas : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch
By: Mark Orsag When: Jan 13, 2017

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Comments: Second what Chase said. HCR is an awesome place to climb, but July and August would be a perfectly miserable time to climb there. Try something up north like the Mt. Rushmore/Custer State Park combo in South Dakota instead at that time of year.

Mark O


Location: South Dakota : Custer State Park : Moonlight Ridge : The Point / Beside The Poin... : Wave Goodbye (5.9)
By: Mark Orsag When: Dec 14, 2016

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Comments: One of the longest and scariest falls that I have ever taken climbing came on this route a number of years back-- successfully kicked off over a ledge or my ankles would have been broken or worse. Don't do what I did back then (e.g. hesitate). Instead, look right at the crux (where it transitions to a sport climb), find the holds that are there and side-pull through it decisively ( move is actually a bit easier than you think it will be at first). Next sparsely bolted bit is ... more >>


Location: Arkansas : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Ren and Stimpy : Log (5.10b)
By: Mark Orsag When: Nov 3, 2016

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Comments: Redpointed. One of those annoying routes with weird and counter-intuitive sequencing and zero "flow." For me at least, not as enjoyable as Dr. Stupid or Memory nearby.


Location: Arkansas : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Titanic Boulder : Tyler's B-Day (5.10c)
By: Mark Orsag When: Oct 22, 2016

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Comments: Crux on this one is a bit harder than it looks at first.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Breezy Point : Hall Of Truth Corridor : Guilty Conscience Direct (5.9)
By: Mark Orsag When: Aug 29, 2016

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Comments: I guess that I climbed this without knowing what it was...


Location: Arkansas : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch
By: Mark Orsag When: Aug 21, 2016

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Comments: Yeah, it can be a bit iffy (and colder than you might think as well) down there at that time. But if the weather is decent, the conditions can be really good for sending harder routes or problems. That is when a lot of the really strong boulderers, in particular, show up there-- or at least that is my understanding. I personally have climbed at HCR in November but not December.


Location: South Dakota : Custer State Park : Moonlight Ridge : Thin Fin : E-Clips (5.6)
By: Mark Orsag When: Aug 8, 2016

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Comments: Probably could use a 2nd bolt to protect the traverse-- pendulum fall near anchor would probably result in a digger (this is supposed to be "safe" MR after all). Not real hard there but still physical and awkward for 5.6-- definitely had my attention way more than 5.6 normally does when I led.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Toy Tug Boat : O Positive (5.8)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 15, 2016

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Comments: Some loose bolts on this, but the climbing isn't too hard.A little thoughtful passing bolt 1, then just fun crimping.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Reef 2 : Middle Age Sex (5.8+)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 15, 2016

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Comments: Don't usually have much in the way of problems with 8s. Top of this one was baffling...gotta come back to it.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Reef 2 : X Marks The Spot (5.10)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 12, 2016

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Comments: Memorable, sustained and varied. Not a tall one, but wow!


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Toy Tug Boat : Middle Aged Mutant Ninja Cl... (5.9)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 12, 2016

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Comments: Fun little climb. Flows really well.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Marker : Inner Marker : Thunder Road (5.9)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 12, 2016

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Comments: This is a great route but with some problems. I second the astute comments of JH and can add a few more things. We did this whole thing differently-- as one monster pitch using a 60m and some simul-climbing.This was done because of the poor state of the midway anchors. Leader decided he didn't want to use, and when I got there I saw why...One of the bolts there is loose and they are REALLY rusted.We rapped from top anchors using two ropes, but it was in three stages as oppo... more >>


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