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Conn Route T 
Four Little Fishies S 
Leaning Jowler T 
Red Fish, Blue Fish T 
Sea Monkeys S 
Walking the Plankton S 
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Aquarium Rock Rock Climbing 

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This is the second largest rock in the Photographer's Peak area. It has my favorite climbs of the area on it. Four Little Fishies is a great 5.9 face climb, and the 5.3 Conn Route is one of the best 3 pitch beginner's routes imaginable (gear).

Getting There 

Drive to the Photographer's Peak parking area described under the area directions. Aquarium Rock is the second closest rock to the parking. Walk to the left around the base of Photographer's Peak. The next rock is Aquarium, and the first route that you encounter is Four Little Fishies (the bolted route that starts on top of the triangular-shaped detached boulder).

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.7 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Aquarium Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Aquarium Rock:
Conn Route   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Four Little Fishies   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   
Sea Monkeys   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 130'   
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Featured Route For Aquarium Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Pete de Lannoy on Walking the Plankton (5.12+), Cu...

Walking the Plankton 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b  South Dakota : Custer State Park : ... : Aquarium Rock
Once the hardest climb in the Black Hills, and given the methods used to establish, somewhat controversial for the time. Originally top-roped by Eric Doub, then first freed on TR by Kevin Bein, June 17th, 1987. Some bolts were placed by Greg Child and later finished by Rusty Lewis and Pete DeLannoy. This line is a dedication to Kevin Bein (died summer of '88). Follows a steepening black streak with short hard crux near the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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Rock Climbing Photo: Brandon Emery and John Lang beginning the free sol...
Brandon Emery and John Lang beginning the free sol...
Rock Climbing Photo: North face Aquarium the striking arête on the lef...
North face Aquarium the striking arête on the lef...

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By phil broscovak
Feb 28, 2006
If anyone can put me in contact with Pete deLannoy I would appreciate it. Pete is an old friend from back in the Gunnison Days. I lost track of him years ago but the latest issue of Alpinist has a fabulous article by Pete and it got me thinking it would be fun to rope up again. Either e-mail me through this site or call 303-949-9275 Thanks sincerely Phil Broscovak. Boulder, Co.
By Peter Arndt
Jul 2, 2007
Super Fun for both neophyte and Veteran. The Vet will probably want to just two pitch it. Rap station is "new and improved". Incredible views of Sylvan Lake. MUST DO!!!!
From: Chino Valley, AZ
Jul 28, 2007
I just saw Pete mentioned in an article in Climbing and I'd like to find him again too. We were in grad school together at CU in the '80's. I can't seem to find him on the BHSU website. If anybody can forward my email to him I'd appreciate it.

Chris Dunn

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