Norris Peak Road is a connecting road that connects Nemo Road to Hwy 44. It runs north to south and has a bunch of obscure areas along the way. No Granite really exists its comprised of Sandstone and Limestone bouldering. There is one area, The Cliffs of Dune which can be trad climbed or Top Roped. The bouldering isn’t really that great compared to other areas in the Hills. Its a place that if you want to stay close to Rapid City and get out for a few hours. It takes about 10-15 minutes to get there from Rapid City west side.
Hat Mountain Area
The first area you will encounter is Hat Mountain area. This area offers Limestone bouldering mainly. There area a bunch of smaller cliffs and boulders through out this area. The main area was likely developed by the Minnesota crew when they passed through in early 2000s. They went out looking for obscure limestone problems. This area hosts a couple of boulders worth checking out.
THE POCKETS WALL
This wall faces north and is usually in the shade. The top of this is still a little dirty. The Pockets Traverse (V4) is a fun traverse that gives a good pump. Like most blocks this had a landing built in the mid 2000s.
1.) POCKETS V2- SDS and work up the obvious line of pockets going straight up to a good rest ledge. Fire the top part with ease.
2.) THE POCKETS TRAVERSE V4**– SDS on the right side and work the series of mid height
The Black Slab Boulder
Obvious beautiful Black Slab boulder one of the first boulders encountered in the area. Tall with small edges and crimps on the entire face. Make sure to brush the light black dust like lichen that covers this boulder and gives it that black color can be very slick at times.
SLAB LEFT V4**
Starts on good holds and moves up slightly left of the center of the boulder and cuts out left and then works the upper arête to the top.
SLAB CENTER V6***
Climbs direct center of slab to the top. TALL and committing.
Backside of the tall slab face is a fun warm up problem. SDS on 2 good crimps and pull up and climb up using crimps to a easy top out.
A good warm up problem for the area. This arête is directly behind The Black Slab boulder. It is the arête to the left. Reachy crux makes this a fun warm up.
HAHNS ARETE V3***
Starts on any of the numerous good pockets and pulls the small roof to a left hand crimp. Pull up and get your feet good in the starting pockets. Right hands goes up to a small sidepull like crimp. The crux is getting established from here to make the long reach to the top horizontal seam. Match and mantle.
This cool featured balancing boulder is to the right of HAHNS Arete and makes the rightside of the corridor. 2 Problems exist that I know of both are worth checking out. One of the better boulders to get on.
The Stoned Sloper V4***