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Member Since: Nov 13, 2006
Last Visit: Jul 9, 2017
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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
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All 261 | Routes 44 | Areas 2 | Photos 6 | Page Improvements | Comments 122 | Posts 36 | Stars 49 | Ratings 2
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Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jun 10, 2017

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Comments: Hanna Campground is the most popular climbing camping. If you drive on the gravel a bit there is free camping in a small meadow on the left side of the road.


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : Blue Sky : Lord Of The Flies Wall : Black Slabbath (5.12a)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jun 6, 2017

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Comments: Scavenger Wall at Blue Sky is back in business. All the studs have been cut and filled and the missing bolts are installed.


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : Blue Sky : Lord Of The Flies Wall : Black Slabbath (5.12a)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jun 1, 2017

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Comments: All the glue in bolts on Lord of the Flies wall are good to go. Black Slabbath was repaired from the recent bolt issue. On the Scavenger Wall at Blue Sky, Skunk Boy and Turkey Vulture have new glue in bolts but the old studs are still there and need to be cut and filled. Carrion still needs the 4 bottom bolts put in and studs cut. Those should be taken care of next week.


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : Big Picture Gully : Big Picture Wall : First Blood (5.12c)
By: Mikel Cronin When: May 31, 2017

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Comments: W. Elliot First Blood is 100% natural line. Obviously you have never established a route on pocketed stone but it requires that that pockets be comfortized rather than skin rippers. I can count on both hands the amount of manufactured holds out of the 700+ routes in Spearfish Canyon and those were done in the early 90's when that was more the norm than today. First Blood was the first route at the Big Picture Gully and I feel one of my best contributions to the canyon. So when a person posts... more >>


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : Blue Sky : Lord Of The Flies Wall : Black Slabbath (5.12a)
By: Mikel Cronin When: May 31, 2017

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Comments: When we were doing the recent bolt repairs on Black Slabbath there was an issue with the caulk gun were were using. We have concluded that the epoxy was not mixing part A and B. I will be going up on 6-1-17 and fixing the suspect bolts. I will post an all clear when I get it taken care.
I also talked with the Daniel about the bolt failing and was told it did not fully pull out when it was fallen on. It partially pulled out and bent.

Thanks
Mike


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon
By: Mikel Cronin When: Oct 6, 2016

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Comments: I am in the process of updating the current Spearfish Canyon The VC and other Black Hills Limestone book. It will most likely be a printable update rather than a whole new book. So if you have any prudent information such as errors in the current book, route information, area and route locations etc. please let me know.


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : Sunshine : Land of the Shorties : Violet Sanctuary (5.10a)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Sep 21, 2016

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Comments: As of 9-21-16 this route and the one to its right are out of order. I was replacing the bolts with new glue in wave bolts and I squeezed my caulk gun to hard and broke it. So I could not finish the the job. Should have them back on line within a week.


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : Shadowlands
By: Mikel Cronin When: Aug 22, 2016

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Comments: Buy the guide book and don't rely on a free web site for directions. Not only will you find the crags but you will also help support the local bolt fund. Just a thought.


Location: South Dakota : Rapid City Area : The VC
By: Mikel Cronin When: Aug 17, 2016

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Comments: Will
Actually I don't think they are racist and messed up. They are lewd, crude and sexual but not racist. Hopefully you can get over how you feel about the names and just enjoy the climbing.


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : The Mohican : Lady In Red : Yippey-Kay-Yay (5.10b)
By: Mikel Cronin When: May 19, 2016

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Comments: The route stays on the arête. Over the years people have chased the holds out left. The bolts are just fine where they are.


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : Sunshine : The Bunny Slope : Jack Rabbit (5.8)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Oct 6, 2015

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Comments: Can look into the loose anchors when I go fix the land of shorties. Help would be appreciated. Sounds like a few things need attention.


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon
By: Mikel Cronin When: Sep 26, 2015

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Comments: If somebody repairs the violet sanctuary let me know and I'll replace the hardware you use. I can get it 2nd week of October if it does not get done prior.


Location: South Dakota : Rapid City Area : The VC
By: Mikel Cronin When: May 25, 2015

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Comments: The VC does not seep in the spring. Perfect conditions for climbing. The creek is flowing so come prepared to walk in the water. Due to the wet weather the access road is still closed. Might be a good idea to call NFS office for road updates.


Location: South Dakota : Custer State Park : Cathedral Spires : Khayyam Spire : Yellow Wall (5.12a)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Sep 28, 2014

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Comments: As of Sept 27 2014 the Yellow Wall has all new protection bolts. All of the anchors were replaced about 6 or 7 years ago. This is a classic route that should not be missed. It's 5.12a for sure!


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : Shadowlands : The Court House Wall : Legal Eagle (5.12c)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Sep 22, 2014

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Comments: Legal Eagle and Whopgnar share first 3 bolts then split at good pocket.


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : Sunshine : Big Black Face : Black Sheets of Rain (5.10a)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Aug 1, 2014

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Comments: Max
Sorry to hear that you had a bolt pull out. Glad you are ok! I will make the needed repair with a bigger and better bolt.


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jul 3, 2014

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Comments: Thanks for the props on the area. It has taken a lot of people a lot of time and effort to get the area established. But no matter how hard we look the moderates just don't exist in the canyon. We as a group have decided to not bolt a crappy little face just for an easy shitty route. You are correct in saying that Spearfish Canyon is mainly 5.11 and up. Those are the grades that make this area shine. We also don't have the crowds like the areas you mention. The lack of moderate grades helps with... more >>


Location: South Dakota : Rapid City Area : The VC
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jun 27, 2014

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Comments: The roads fine except for some mud do to the rain. Should dry up as soon as rain stops. Other than that conditions are good.


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : Big Picture Gully : Big Picture Wall : First Blood (5.12c) : Photo
By: Mikel Cronin When: May 30, 2014

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Comments: It's not First Blood. Either Slaughter House Five or Dazed and Confused.


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : Shadowlands : Wall of Wow : Yeah (5.12c)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Mar 28, 2014

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Comments: I OBJECT!


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : The Dark Side : Fast Hair Wall : Schwibbles (5.10c) : Photo
By: Mikel Cronin When: Jan 30, 2014

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Comments: Ingenious!


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : Sunshine : Big Black Face : Sir Slabs A Lot (5.10+)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Nov 26, 2013

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Comments: Yes it did. I was up putting in new ss anchors on the big black face and came down this route. Two of the bolts were in loose hollow blocks and I was able to flex multiple flakes. It needs a good cleaning before it's going to be safe. The bolt studs, nuts and washers are still there. If somebody wants to learn how to clean a route they could cut their teeth on this one. I have the hangers for it and new bolts to replace the suspect ones.


Location: South Dakota : The VC : Comment : Photo
By: Mikel Cronin When: Oct 19, 2013

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Comments: Not bad, just a lot of bent over birch and oak.


Location: South Dakota : Rapid City Area : The VC
By: Mikel Cronin When: Oct 15, 2013

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Comments:
Rock Climbing Photo: VC flooded!
VC flooded!

VC is flooded.


Location: South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : The Mohican : Purgatory : Mephistopheles (5.13a)
By: Mikel Cronin When: Sep 3, 2013

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Comments: Route has been revised once again. The first 3 bolts have now been moved. All the clips are good and the crux is well protected even though it appears runout. Jaimie took the ride a few times and ended up well above the ground. The reason the anchors were dropped is because the original set were in a large block. You still do the fun exit moves and clip from the same finish jug, just clip the lower set of anchors. And Greg you can chime in whenever you want, I was just yanking your chain.


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