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Superpin, 1999

Here HJ shows off in impeccable style after ascending Superpin, in a photo taken by Susan Scheerbeck.

Route description from Paul Piana's ""Tocuh the Sky":

Superpin is the pinnacle of perfection in the Ten Pins area and is one of the most beautiful summits in the Black Hills. Virtually unmarred by cracks or other disctinctive features, its flawless walls flow smoothly upward to a tiny rounded summit. The first ascent relied on superior ability and a cool head and was made in impeccable style, a style that should be emulated more often. The bold standard set here and elsewhere in the Needles by Pete Cleveland has only recently been equalled in other other areas of the country.

Superpin went without a second ascent for ten years. Unfortunately, on the fourth ascent, a bolt was placed. After a long heated debate, it was decided that the offending bolt should remain in place because no bolt wars are desired. Nevertheless, the climbs on Superpin are among the most frightening leads in the Needles; they are not climbs to fall off.

(Route 1 5.11, FA 8 August 1967 Pete Cleveland)

 


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