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Sune Hermit climbs Melchiorre, 6b, in the San Vito Lo Capo...

Sune Hermit climbs Melchiorre, 6b, in the San Vito Lo Capo area. Sicily, Italy.

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“A woman is like a tea bag - you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. Prepare to be surprised.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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Sorry for all of the comp pics…but I couldn’t resist posting this one ;)

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There’s something distinctly eerie about the Badlands.

It could be the heavy silence covering the 244,000-acre park. Or perhaps it’s the otherworldly rock formations, carved away by water over the course of half a million years.

Or maybe it’s the fact that people have been calling it, you know, the Badlands for hundreds of years (even Lakota tribes and early French trappers ended up dubbing the area with the same moniker).


Despite the sacred, slightly off-putting vibe of Badlands National Park, the stretch of dramatic canyons and pillars in South Dakota is undeniably beautiful.

One of the richest deposits of mammal fossil beds in the world, it’s scattered with the fossilized bones of long-extinct animals and the scuttling of still-alive ones: You won’t drive far before seeing bison, pronghorn, porcupines and prairie dogs.


And tourists — but it’s easy to escape the hustle of the camera-clad set on the Notch Trail, a slightly demanding and overwhelmingly beautiful hike that thins out the crowds and sets you off on a series of ledges and ladders. At just 1.5 miles, it’s perfect for breaking up the drive and worth a side trip to the Badlands.

Hike The Notch Trail


From the trailhead at the north end of the Door and Window parking area inside Badlands National Park, this 1.5-mile roundtrip trail is rated moderate to strenuous, but anyone remotely in shape can handle the minimal elevation gain.

Hikers follow a twisting trail through a canyon bed and up a rope-ladder staircase to a dry ledge — if you have a fear of heights or trouble walking, choose a different trail.


Walk through the towering canyon walls and eventually the trail will deposit you at the “Notch” viewing area, which overlooks the White River Valley.

There are no fences, boardwalks or warning signs, so use caution as the cliffs are unstable in places, especially after rain. Plan your hike near sunrise or sunset for the best color and light for pictures.

Drive the Badlands Loop Scenic State Byway


One of the top drives in the country, cap off your Badlands trip with this winding 31-mile trek through the stunning buttes and spires of the park.

Visit Crazy Horse Memorial

Think Rushmore, but even more massive. Crazy Horse Memorial affords visitors a glimpse at just what a complex and arduous task it is to carve a giant statue into a mountain.

Stop by Wall Drug Store


East Coasters can compare this sprawling tourist trap to South of the Border. What was once a drug store in a 231-person town has evolved into a $10-million-a-year business drawing in two-million visitors annually. It’s kitschy fun that’s certainly worth a stop.

The post The Best Things: The Notch Trail, Badlands National Park appeared first on Dirtbag Darling.

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There was a killer crowd at the Desert Classic yesterday! Such a...

There was a killer crowd at the Desert Classic yesterday! Such a fun comp :)

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It’s a tale we’ve all heard before. The dreaded sound of a popping tendon, hollow and sharp as a snapping twig, that puts you out of the game for weeks, months, and sometimes even longer. It can happen to beginners insisting on playing on the fingerboard too early, intermediates overzealous on the campus board, and even to pros projecting away on their super futuristic lines. It’s almost inevitable, a normal part of our sport, but we fear it like nothing […]

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No matter how strong you get, your skin will always be one of the limiting factors for how much you can climb and how many quality goes you can have on your project.  While there is nothing that can be […]

The post Steve Hong on Climbing Skin Care appeared first on Training for Rock Climbing - TrainingBeta.

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