Mini- Marker

MINI MARKER BOULDER

GETTING THERE AND INFORMATION:

Mini Marker is located at the base of Marker in the Emancipation Area.  This is a tall proud boulder that has good crack climbing. It gives you a nice exposed feeling well working beautiful cracks. The movement is so-so but the exposure makes it worth getting on a true Black Hills Highball.Just remember the climbing is easy but you DO NOT want to fall! To access this boulder park at the emancipation parking area. Follow the dirt trail from the parking area heading East. As the valley opens up just past Father Time and SPAT This boulder will be the obvious and only boulder in the clearing. Look to climbers Left when the valley opens up. Local Chris Hirsch has a harder problem on the backside of this block Hard Pressed V7. The recent slash pile burns have effect a few of the problems below. Rain Fingers is in a fragile state. When climbing this a year ago a huge jug at the lip busted off. Likely making it a little harder but is it worth getting on ricey crumbly rock? The other main problems effected were Scallop Fingers and Slant Eyes. Slant Eyes being the worst out of the three described above. Slant Eyes is no longer climbable in the V3/4. In fact if you can even get established on the start you are my hero. Local hardmen are projecting a complete new line since the start fell off completely after a slash pile burned directly below it.

To Access the topo for the whole area Click on the Emancipation Boulders Tab itself for a overview. 

 

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Rain Fingers  V2

Start matched on the sloper seam and move out left onto the slab and finish on easy terrain. THIS PROBLEM HAD A HUGE HOLD BREAK OFF. 12/12/17. The other lip hold is going to go soon.

FA: Josh Dreher

Scallop Fingers V6/7

This problem could be harder or could be easier. This problem was burned a year or so ago and the rock crumbled a little bit. Which either made the holds better or worst. Have yet to reclimb it since the burn.  Powerful micro crimps and slopers bring you the end which ends you on big giant crystals to the top. ONLY SMALL PEOPLE SHOULD DO THIS PROBLEM OR YOUR BACK WILL HIT THE ROCK UNDERNEATH….

Crystal Fingers  V0*

Good warm up. Huge mondo crystals you could realistically choose your own path on this face and it would likely all be V0.

 

 

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Slant Eyes  V3**

At one time this problem was a fun warm up for the area. A few years ago they had a huge slash pile ( see picture above) at the base. A year ago they burned the slash pile which burned the rock bad. So now the start is charred and the start broke a huge flake off. Could be easier or harder but its likely harder due to a awkward start. Someone needs to add the new start and soon! ALSO someone NEEDS to put a problem up next to Slant Eyes on the giant face. Hirsch? Stetzer? Ross? 🙂

FA: Brent Kertzman

 

Parallel Universe  V2**

Fun and a must do if you are into crack climbing. The crack climbing is not what you would think.  Expect exposure and a true highball feeling both make this a worthy problem to do!

FA: Brent Kertzman

Parallel Dimension  V2**

Works the obvious crack to the right of Parallel Universe (V2).

FA: John Anderson

 

When Worlds Collide V4/5**

Start in a crack/ seam and work up to the bulge. Pull onto the bulge on small holds. (Crux) and committing finish on slab like climbing. Never climbed this but watching John Andersen do it was quite scary!  Don’t fall…. or Worlds will collide er your body will collide with the Earth.

FA: John Andersen