by Mikel Cronin
The Black Hills in western South Dakota is one of North America's premier limestone sport climbing areas. Well-protected routes on bomber, blue and tan limestone make for spectacular climbing. From the pocket paradise of Spearfish Canyon with routes on vertical to slightly overhanging rock, to The VC with its forearm-blasting, knee-bar-scumming steep headwalls, the diversity of the climbing here is a smorgasbord of styles. This guidebook describes over 700 climbs at Spearfish Canyon, The VC, Bethlehem and Falling Rock.