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Location: Arkansas : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch
By: Mark Orsag When: 4 days ago

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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 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)-- 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 ok-- if you aren&@PO... 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 : 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 : McQ's Pinnacle/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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 >>


Location: South Dakota : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Marker : Middle Marker Area : Jupiter Fly By (5.10-)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 12, 2016

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Comments: I am confused after ascending this route today. There are 8 bolts not 7 and what I climbed was a steep awkward face with the anchor off, lower and to the right,on the side of the formation. Definitely did NOT share an anchor with Star Dancer at the top (as wrongly stated here and in Burr and Busse) and was not slabby though it did ascend a water chute. Had to be JFB though as it was the only route between Star Dancer and Make Believe? This route also felt hard for the grade (though I know ... more >>


Location: South Dakota : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Marker
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 12, 2016

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Comments: This crag and Monster, now are jointly called Magna Carta. Magna Carta is the stiffest crag at Rushmore. The routes here are big and very , very tough for the grade in almost all cases. Every time that I climb here , I leave with even more respect for the 80s hard men who put up these things.


Location: South Dakota : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Breezy Point : Hall Of Truth Corridor : No Lawyers Allowed (5.8)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 5, 2016

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Comments: We both led this today again and found a very suspect small flake in the crux. We marked it with a chalk X. Definitely makes that section harder if you don't use it.


Location: South Dakota : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Wayward Valley : Wayward Boulder : Banner !+x * Year (5.10-)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 4, 2016

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Comments: Not as good as Wayward, but still worthwhile. Awkward start pulling a bulge with slopey rails and a pocket lead to near vertical 5.9 crimping on somewhat grimy rock.


Location: South Dakota : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Wayward Valley : Wayward Boulder : Wayward (5.10-)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 4, 2016

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Comments: Best route on the Wayward Boulder! You could, however, deck on the starting mini boulder with a fall on left side of the arête from bolt 2 (there is a long move to a crimp there). Good despite that problem though; flowing face moves after an awkward start lead to a unique mantle and friction slab crux at the top. Memorable short but sweet route. Be solid at the grade...


Location: South Dakota : Custer State Park : Moonlight Ridge : The Galaxy : Jupiter (5.9-) : Photo
By: Mark Orsag When: May 30, 2016

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Comments: Jupiter 5.9- is the bolted sport route on the right; the crack on the left is the 5.7 trad route Saturn. Both are quite worthwhile.


Location: South Dakota : Custer State Park : Moonlight Ridge : McQ's Pinnacle/Thin Fin : Chantilly Lace (5.6)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 27, 2016

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Comments: An absolute classic for the grade! I enjoyed Chantilly Lace even more than Rushmore's awesome Gossamer!


Location: South Dakota : Custer State Park : Moonlight Ridge : The Galaxy : Jupiter (5.9-)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 27, 2016

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Comments: If you miss the "hidden hold" at the upper (2nd) crux section, this route is going to feel very hard for 5.9. If you find it, this will climb like an easy 9 or even an 8. Fun route!


Location: South Dakota : Custer State Park : Moonlight Ridge : The Galaxy : Minuteman (5.6)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 27, 2016

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Comments: Height-dependent start-- something like 5.7+, unless you are fairly tall, with the rest being 5.5 regardless of height. This is a fun route with hidden jugs everywhere. Not a typical Needles route. You can get a 2 for 1 (Sidewinder 5.9) from the Minuteman anchors.


Location: South Dakota : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : Veiny : Unknown TR (5.10)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 26, 2016

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Comments: But Groovin' has bolts.


Location: Arkansas : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Roman Wall : Commodus (5.10b)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 23, 2016

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Comments: Really high quality arête with beautiful perfect stone. A fifty-something like me can also get to the top, look up at Maximus (which is effectively the 2nd pitch) laugh loudly and head back to the ground...


Location: South Dakota : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Shipyard Rock : All Tuckered Out (5.10b)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 22, 2016

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Comments: What a blast of a climb! Also a nice change of pace from the technical side of Rushmore climbing.


Location: South Dakota : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Emancipation : White House Wall : Slant Crack (5.6)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 16, 2016

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Comments: Fun and unique- a classic for the grade!


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