Photographers' Peak Area Rock Climbing
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This area holds a high concentration of fine routes. The four main formations found here are Photographer's Peak, Aquarium Rock, Icehouse Rock, and the Great Wall. The first three are immediately next to the parking area, and the Great Wall is a short distance away.
Be ready for both bolted routes and trad routes, as there are classic lines for either liking here. Some of the best routes here are the Conn route on Aquarium (5.3), Four Little Fishies (5.9), Beyond the Door (5.10-), and Under Exposure (5.7). Each route has a fixed rappel, often requiring double ropes.
Drive to Sylvan Lake and pay the entrance fee. These rocks are the prominent formations east of the lake and also the closest rock to the Sylvan Lake store. Drive past the main parking lot, then continue straight at the junction which drives around Sylvan Lake's east side. Park a short distance past this junction at a small pulloff on the left side of the road at the base of the rocks.
Weather station 6.4 miles from here
22 Total Climbing Routes
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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
An old smooch shot of J-Sexy and I early on in our...
By Anonymous Coward
Dec 9, 2002
The Conn route on Aquariun Rock is a fun easy starter. This gives beginners a good place to start placing pro and leading an easy route. It can be done in two pitches, but three is also done just to get practice in in building anchors. Once the top is reached, enjoy the good view of Sylvan Lake, then a small 7-10 foot down climb is required to get to the rappel bolts. It is a one rope rappel off the back side of Aquarium Rock. Happy Climbing!!
By Ryan Emery
From: Black Hills, SD
Apr 26, 2016
Does anyone know of a route being bolted on the rap of Walkie Uppie (spelling may be incorrect) did it one day and noticed some bolts while rapping.