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Rock Climbing Rope Review

Advances in climbing rope technology continues to make rock climbing easier and safer. I’m sure Jan and Herb Conn would have loved to tie into a modern dynamic climbing rope rather then the 60 foot piece of manila climbing rope they had. Poor quality climbing ropes were a main reason that early adventures climbed with the motto “the leader must not fall.” Imagine sport climbing without leader …

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Hikers below the Harney fire lookout on Black Elk Peak.

Hiking Black Elk Peak to visit the Harney look out tower

Hiking Black Elk Peak (aka Harney Peak) Custer State Park likes to claim Black Elk Peak, but it really is in the Black Elk Wilderness and managed by the Black Hills National Forest. The most popular trail head starts near Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park and is often still being called Harney Peak trailhead since the 2016 name change is still fresh in many peoples minds. …

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Photo of Herb Conn drawing of rock climber in Custer State Park, SD.

Climbing history in Custer State Park

Needles Area Climbing History South Dakota The Needles of South Dakota are what makes Black Hills Climbing famous.  The routes near Sylan Lake in Custer State Park and other areas such as the Cathedral Spires, the Ten Pins, and the Needles Eye along Needles Highway, might be called the worlds best granite face climbing.  The views of the surrounding Black Hills are one of the best things …

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