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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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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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Jewel Cave passes 200 mile mark

Over 100 years ago Frank and Albert Michaud first crawled into a hole that was blowing out a wild wind. Recently Jewel Cave National Park is celebrated its 200th mile of surveyed passage.  The last few years have been exciting as explorers have found exciting new leads and large passage that has really made the miles add up. There is still cave to be explored and surveyed …

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devils tower with flag

Geology and how Devils Tower was formed.

How was Devils Tower formed?  What is the Geology of Devils Tower?    When you are driving across north eastern Wyoming and Devils Tower pops into view it is hard not to be struck by awe.  Most people who see it are drawn closer and can’t help but want to climb it.  Several American Indian tribes have legends about the formation of Devils Tower and you can …

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