Guidebook – Needles of Custer State Park Climbing

Custer State Park Climbing Guidebook

There is no comprehensive guidebook to the area in print.  We wrote and sell Needles: A Mini Climbing Guidebook to Custer State Park – Black Hills, SD.  If you are in the area, the best place to stop by and purchase a copy is Granite Sports in Hill City.  You can also order it online from them.  Or Give me a call at 605-484-7585 and I’ll get a copy sent out to you.  

Touch the Sky by Paul Piana from the 1980’s can occasionally still be found in vintage book stores but there has been many new routes put up since then.

The Needles of Custer State Park are rich in climbing history.  “The Needles” are commonly thought of as all the rock climbing south of Black Elk Peak (aka Harney Peak), down to and within Custer State Park. The main climbing areas of Custer State Park are listed below and the route descriptions are found by clicking through the links.  These descriptions are only intended to offer up an idea what the climbing is like around here.

In short, it is world class face climbing on some of the most unique spires you’ve ever seen.

Beautiful summits and views out into the Badlands make climbing in the Black Hills a powerful experience.  Let Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and Guide Service help you find your way through the maze of granite.

Please excuse, but I have not got these pages re built on the new website…I will do my best to get them up and going again soon.

  • Needles Rock Climbing History
  • Outlets Climbing mini-guide
  • Middle Earth Climbing mini-guide
  • Photographer’s Peak Climbing mini-guide
  • Needles Eye Climbing mini-guide
  • Ten Pins Climbing mini-guide
  • Cathedral Spires Climbing mini-guide
  • Rules for rock Climbing in the Black Hills