Chopping Block doesn't have as many cool spires as South Seas or the Middle Marker area, but makes up for it with a good concentration of difficult routes and some good moderates on the long one pitch blocks. Like most places in the Needles, topropes are hard to come by, but nearly all the routes are good safe bolted routes so have at it.
Must do classics include Valdez Overhang, Baba Cool, Wisconsin Beef, Meat is Murder, Wrinkle in Time
Chopping Block is directly across the road from South Seas. Wrinkled Rock is the big hulking formation on the right and holds Rushmore's hardest, a 13d/14a. Most other formations are accessed by hanging a left after reaching the top of the hill, but some obscure routes are on the right.
80 Total Routes
['4 Stars',16],['3 Stars',30],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]
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Valdez Overhang 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a SD
: Mount Rushmore National Mem...
: ... : Chopping Block
Valdez Overhang is a classic 'gym' line in the Chopping Block climbing area. Finding it is a bit tricky your first time, but this route gets so much traffic that the trail becomes obvious. From the CB sign-in (with your back to the road) walk on the trail leading to your left. Follow this up a smaller run, down a little, then way up a steep hill past large granite faces on your left. See such lines as "Slang" and "Snow Emergency Route" overhead on the left. Follow this trail to the crest of...[more] Browse More Classics in SD
|By Bob Archbold|
Aug 19, 2002
As of 8/19/02 the Rushmore area has been getting smoke from the Battle Creek Fire. It all depends on which direction the wind wants to blow on your particular day. I spent the night on the southern flank working the line it wasn't to bad, but the northern division were getting worked hard with a lot of active burning.
Highway 16 out of Rapid City is CLOSED at Catron Blvd. Basically at the Rapid City City limits. The fire had jumped the highway at the Keystone Wye, or intersection. Large areas of evacuation are in effect. So if you are coming in from the East you are not getting there for a few more days. The situation here is not good due to the fire. For the time being it is best if you don't come to Rushmore until this is all over. Since Keystone was almost evacuated the other day but since the wind changed it was spared.
The fire started with a wind from the north, then it shifted to the west now its out of the south and tommorrow they are predicting it to come out of the southeast.
So I would recommend for several reason not to come. It may get smokey,And we don't need anymore peole in the hills for the time being that we may have to get to evacuate or get in our way of firefighting efforts. We already have an asshole of a state govenor getting in the way, but he again is a know all and an expert of everything in the world. After the fire come on and have fun.
|By Chad Berger|
Mar 19, 2003
I wasn't sure where to put this message, so here goes.
I know there used to be a free camping area by just down the road from South Seas but it apears that its no longer there. Is there any other free camping areas in the area, close to the climbing, or any "Climber" Campgrounds? Sometimes its hard to be a poor climbing bum.
|By Brian Gulbransen|
Dec 19, 2005
Can anyone give me information on the boulder problems on the boulder directly below Blue Mascara and the boulders on the flat behind the chopping block? I have climbed a bunch of problems there and was just wondering if anyone else had come up with some really good ones too. If you don't want to post the beta here send me an email @ email@example.com. Thanks!
|By Andy Busse|
From: Rapid City, SD
Jan 6, 2006
Mexican Correspondent,CL, give me a call in AL at the same number as before. I am looking for some gear you rescued for the sisters. Hope all is well....
|By Cameron Luth|
Mar 26, 2007
Does anyone know how hard Atomic Slap is? I've been wanting to climb it because it looks sweet, but i don't know how hard it is. If anyone knows please let me know, it would be greatly appreciated.
And is Pop You Up really a 12. I have climbed other 12's at rushmore and it wasnt as hard as that one. Maybe im just missing something on the route. If anyone knows something about it, that would be awesome too.
|By Greg Parker|
Mar 27, 2007
Pop You Up is 12b, by my account and many others. It is not 12+ nor any harder. What other 12's are you comparing it to? Are they 12a??
Atomic Slap has not been redpointed, and it is hard. Todd Skinner and Paul Piana could not do it. Dave Asscherick and I tried it one day and couldn't do the crux. I would say that it is at least 13d. Great looking line though.
|By Cameron Luth|
Mar 28, 2007
Thanks guys I really appreciate it. And to Greg, I was comparing Pop You Up to Lady's in Love (which by the way is one of the best 12s i have ever done in the area) and beetlejuice. Maybe I'm just missing how to do the bearhug part, I'll try to catch someone on it and see how they do it.