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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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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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Bugaboos rock climbing.

Rock Climbing in the Bugaboos

Bugaboo Provincial Park is an alpine rock climbers dream come true. The first time I saw photos of the Bugaboos I was dazzled.  Where were these perfect looking granite peaks surrounded by beautiful snowfields and glaciers?  I knew that someday I wanted to experience this magical playground for myself… These dreamy peaks are located in southeast British Columbia and are part of the Columbia Mountain Range, just …

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