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Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Iron Mountain : Sledgehammer
By: Mark Orsag When: 5 days ago

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Comments: A number of these routes can be top roped after one is led to the top of the formation. With a large group, one could have top ropes all over this formation. Like the Rubik's routes, these have a bouldery style somewhat untypical of most Rushmore climbing.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Iron Mountain : Sledgehammer : A Lady, a Gentlemen, and BK (5.9+)
By: Mark Orsag When: 5 days ago

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Comments: From the power layback start through the varied flowing moves higher up, this thing is an absolute blast to climb. Well bolted- get on this fun yet challenging little route!


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Iron Mountain : Rubiks Ridge
By: Mark Orsag When: 5 days ago

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Comments: Look for particularly stiff grades ala Magna Carta and a different style from the typical tech friction at Rushmore. The climbs here are shorter, steeper, and more bouldery. Lots of power layback moves.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Breezy Point : The Christmas Ornament : The Gift (5.11)
By: Mark Orsag When: 6 days ago

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Comments: Some chossy breakable rock at the bottom of this currently.... stick clip or be careful!


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Sharks Fin : ... : Photo
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 14, 2017

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Comments: Why is this photo here? It contributes nothing to the site.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Breezy Point : The Christmas Ornament : A Window Shopping XMAS (5.7)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jul 10, 2017

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Comments: Varied and worthwhile climbing.This isn't a bad route at all, but with some marginal gear and hollow flaky rock on it, and one poorly protected move that felt tricky for a 7; I wouldn't say it would be a great first trad lead (IMHO). The step across move to start was pretty fun though...


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : North Park : ... : Tree Grease (5.10+)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 23, 2017

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Comments: Thanks, have done nearly all the routes in that area except for this one and Existential Angst. I'll get over there and give this a shot on TR. Too hard a lead for my underdeveloped trad skills.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem...
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 21, 2017

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Comments: Those two routes are listed on MP with photos etc., under the South Seas/ Toy Tug Boat headings.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem...
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 21, 2017

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Comments: Sounds like Lead Life Vest 5.6 (definitely more 5.4ish after 1st move) and Up the Creek 5.3.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Breezy Point : Hall Of Truth Corridor : Fact or Friction (5.9)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 11, 2017

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Comments: I climbed this with temps in the 90s and the sun in my eyes-- not ideal to say the least. Felt tough at the grade but not too crazy. Went with guidebook 5.9 rating here. If others want to say 9+ on this, I will change.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Pronghorn : Trophy (5.9)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 8, 2017

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Comments: I am guessing that the unknown first ascenders wanted to create a very-well protected sport climb but also didn't want to change the runout character of Prairie Runner (the 3 bolt, 1 piton ) 90 ft line to the right of Trophy on the arête. The two routes would effectively be merged at the top if bolts and top anchors had been added to Trophy. Prairie Runner was probably the original route on this side of the formation. This supposition makes the decision to stop the route short of the top l... more >>


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Pronghorn : Trophy (5.9)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 8, 2017

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Comments: It is Trophy. If you use the lower anchors ,this is a super well-protected climb . Nothing PG about it. It is also 70 ft not 50. That all said, the crux is surprisingly tough. Sequential and steep - don't miss the gaston! Kind of 9+ish between closely-spaced bolts 1-3. Rest is much easier though, so no problem with the 5.9 rating.


Location: Arkansas : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : Middle East : Rosie's Cantina Area : Slot Machine (5.10a)
By: Mark Orsag When: Jun 1, 2017

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Comments: This route should be in the Nipple Stimulation Alcove section.


Location: South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : Chopping Block : North Park : ... : Tree Grease (5.10+)
By: Mark Orsag When: May 23, 2017

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Comments: Is this route also known as Pull Toys or is that a different climb?

Mark O


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...


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