Premier Climbing in Spearfish Canyon

by Kory Otterberg | January 23, 2017
Outdoor Adventure

You’re looking to go climbing? Well, why isn’t Spearfish, South Dakota at the top of your climbing bucket list? With more than 500 routes, Spearfish Canyon offers challenges for the expert climber as well as routes for the casual climbers. A majority of these routes are considered sport routes (Gymnastic face and overhang free climbing, with the climbs typically having fixed protection like bolts. Another key feature is the acceptance of hangdogging). This type of route is perfect for new climbers with its ability to “show them the ropes” while still adding a thrill for more experienced climbers.

If you ask the local climbers when the best time of year is to climb, most of them will turn to you and say, “the Fall.” Really, Spearfish Canyon adds beauty to your climb regardless of when you begin your journey, but when the leaves begin to change colors, it adds a little extra to the scenery.

While in Spearfish, climbing never stops just because the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall. All you need to do is grab some warmer gear head out there. With locations like 11th hour and Bridal Veil Falls, ice climbing is possible in Spearfish.

Wanting more information about climbing in Spearfish? has an excellent article about various routes in the hills, along with places to eat, rest and grab a drink after a day of climbing. This article calls Spearfish “Middle America’s, single pitch haven.”

Looking to go climbing for the first time but you don’t know where to go or what to do? Spearfish recently had a new business opening with you in mind. High Mountain Outfitters is a climbing/outdoor adventure store located on Main St. next to the Stadium Sports Bar and Grill. They have experienced guides on hand that will take you out climbing. They also sell books with the names of all of the trails with in-depth information to make sure you have a successful, safe climb.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your gear, head to Spearfish and begin your climb to the summit in Spearfish, South Dakota.

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