Here HJ shows off in impeccable style after ascending Superpin, in a
photo taken by Susan Scheerbeck.
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
(Route 1 5.11, FA 8 August 1967 Pete Cleveland)