The Black Hills contain more than 600 quality rock climbs and the Needles, near Custer, are considered to be some of the best granite face climbs in the country. Adventure seekers will find multiple pitch aid routes, hard sport routes, free traditional crack climbs and excellent bouldering.
The pinnacles and spires of the Needles are a hardcore rock climber’s dream. Challenge yourself on the Cathedral Spires, Tin Pins and the Needles Eye. Rock climbing is also popular around the Mount Rushmore area. Take on climbs called Emancipation Rock Formation, Chopping Block and Monster to get a one-of-a-kind view of the monument. Due to their proximity to Rushmore, some of these climbs are closed during periods of heightened security.
During the winter months, many of these same rock climbs become challenging ice climbs that draw visitors from all over the world.
Sylvan Rocks Climbing School & Guide Service
PO Box 600, Hill City, SD