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This is the formation just behind (west) of the Needles Eye. If driving from Sylvan, pull out and park left in the first gravel pullout just before the Needles Eye. Tromp straight across the road and find a path that goes downhill and around to the left, hugging the base of the rock. You'll soon come to a gully with a very large chockstone at the top of it and a large upwards-pointing arrowhead near the base of the right wall. This is the Bell Tower and the start of "Buck Shot Eyes and a Purple Heart."
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Kamps Crack 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Every Which Way But Loose 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Buck Shot Eyes and a Purple Heart 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
For Whom the Bell Tolls 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c R Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
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Buck Shot Eyes and a Purple Heart 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b SD : Custer State Park : ... : Bell Tower
Following the directions to Bell Tower will leave you at the base of this climb. The climb starts on the left side of the yellow arrowhead. Bolt, piton, seam, bulge, 4 more bolts to the anchors. This route is a steep crystal pincher. There is a 2nd pitch but we didn't do it. I heard tell that it was terrible and not finished. Before you rope up, make sure you're wearing your shore leave wristwatch and cuban heels and that long-sleeved shirt with horses on the front, and please leave all your ...[more] Browse More Classics in SD