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Black Hills Gold 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Todd Swain, May 1990 (Toprope) First Lead: Bob Gaines and Chris Baumann, February 2015
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Bob Gaines on Feb 4, 2015

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This route follows an overhanging intrusion of featured, black-varnished rock. The moves are unusual with a tricky crux, but very well-protected, and high on the fun factor.

This route was discovered by prolific route prospector Todd Swain, who toproped the line in 1990, but somehow it flew under the radar for all these years; it's a real gem.

I'd give it 2 or 3 out of 5 stars. As a bonus, when you're getting lowered down, clip the top 3 bolts of Texas Tea and give it a go on TR!


On the steep northeast face of South Dakota Dome.


6 bolts to a 2-bolt lower-off anchor.

Clipping the 4th bolt requires a bit of manuevering, but once you find the stance it's not too bad.

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Canadian's do have fun!
Rock Climbing Photo: Aubrey Adams on Black Gold.
Aubrey Adams on Black Gold.
Rock Climbing Photo: Norman Bradley on the steep Black Gold
Norman Bradley on the steep Black Gold
Rock Climbing Photo: South Dakota Dome Northeast Face Black Gold 5.10c
BETA PHOTO: South Dakota Dome Northeast Face Black Gold 5.10c

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By Rolf Rybak
From: BC
Feb 7, 2015
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

A great climb, much steeper than it first appears. Strenuous, 10+ would be a more appropriate grade,
By Murf
Feb 9, 2015
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

I might have been having an off attitude day, but I'd say 1 or 2 stars at best.
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Feb 22, 2016

Pretty good, easily two stars. Fun movement, neat line and just enough awkward to make it interesting but not desperate. TR hero on my visit.... may adjust rating after lead. Whatever the grade, it's worth doing with it's easy approach, bolt protection & convenience anchors.

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