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This is the namesake rock for this area. This rock is steep on all sides, and provides many hard routes from 5.9 to 5.13. The most popular routes on this rock are Baba Cool (5.9+) and Meat is Murder (5.11).
Follow the trail up the hill from the parking lot. Wrinkled Rock is on the right, and Chopping Block is on the left. First encounter a steep bolted line called Tender Vittles, but continue uphill for the rest of the routes. Go around the corner to the left when possible and look for two faces with a large dihedral in between. This is where the bulk of the climbing is.
8 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chopping Block:
The Great Chimney 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c R Trad, 1 pitch
Valdez Overhang 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, TR, 40'
Baba Cool 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Meat is Murder 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Twelve White Sticks 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 90'
Featured Route For Chopping Block
Glimpse Into Paradise V7 7A+ SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Chopping Block
A Black Hills must do!!! Start matched on the lowest shelf. Do a few moves to get to the arete (avoid the detatched block). Tall, but the mantle is easy. Powerful with a very tricky sequence of classic moves.Hint: On the upper crux move, to get to the large hold throw out left to a high, left sidepull that looks questionable then bump to the big pod. ...[more] Browse More Classics in SD