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A Little Piece of South Dakota

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This large-ish wall is just downstream from High Profile Wall and also faces West and North. The climbing is largely unremarkable, and this probably explains the rarity with which it is climbed (in 20 years of climbing in the area, I have never seen anyone on it!). However, it is home to a few moderate trad lines that tick in at 5.9 or so. These follow obvious grooves and crack systems. One face climb has been established at 5.9 as well, and it carries the LPSD moniker. I checked out LPSD in 2000 thinking it might be a good spot to develop more moderate face climbs, but the effort involved seemed too great. The rock here is granitic and fairly rough. We did a two pitch 5.8 called Reds that kicked up quite enjoyable climbing, although the bulk of the climbing seemed more like 5.6. If you are looking for an off beat day on nearly virgin stone, LPSD might be worth a visit.

Getting There 

Park as for the High Profile Wall but hike back down stream to the much larger wall. LPSD is best approached a bit uphill and from the right side.


A. North Dakota, 7, 1p, 90', gear or TR.
B. A Little Piece of South Dakota, 9 R, bolts & gear.
C. Ethical Jesture, 9 R, 1p, 120', gear.
D. Bugsy, 9, 1p, gear.
E. Reds, 8, 1-2p, 125', gear.
F. Midwestern Crack, 6, 1-2p, 110', gear.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.4 miles from here

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By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Feb 16, 2015
It's too bad there is no Tyrol allowed by Jeffco. This crag is kind of fun and would be more popular if access was not so difficult.
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