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Iron Horse Wall Rock Climbing 

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One of the premiere walls at Blue Sky. The main section houses 4 classic climbs and is flanked by several enjoyable warm-ups. The climbing is typically on small pockets up slightly overhanging, perfect stone.

Getting There 

Once at the main trail, walk left for about 2 minutes. You'll pass Turkey Vulture (12c, big bulging black buttress) on your right. The Iron Horse wall is the next obvious shield of stone, with nice open views of the canyon.

Climbing Season

For the Blue Sky area.

Weather station 7.5 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Iron Horse Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Iron Horse Wall:
The Brakeman   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 65'   
Iron Horse   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   
Big Train   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 50'   
Black stallion    5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 70'   
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Black stallion 5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c  South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : ... : Iron Horse Wall
The black bulge extension to Iron Horse was bolted in 2011 or so. Get a decent rest at 7th bolt of Iron Horse then head up left to 3 bolts of being stomped. Endurance crimping and big moves lead to a balancy finish. This thing is sick and should be checked out when you've had your share of canyon 13-....[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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By Miah
Jan 2, 2007
My favorite of the Blue Sky walls. The routes here blend technique and power and expose any weakness in either department. The beautiful views and stellar climbing are a combination hard to find, let alone match, anywhere.

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