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Chopping Block 


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Submitted By: Peter Gram on Jul 15, 2002
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Description 

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).


Getting There 

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


['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',0],['5.11',1],['5.12',1],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

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- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 1 pitch   
Valdez Overhang   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 40'   
Baba Cool   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Meat is Murder   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Twelve White Sticks   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 90'   
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Featured Route For Chopping Block
The Choss Monkey on Baba Cool. Belayed by John Wachter, Photo by Chad Berger

Baba Cool 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Chopping Block
Located on the Chopping Block. Hike up from the small parking area just as your leaving the Rushmore memorial. Follow obvious trail. Wrinkled Rock is on your right and the Chopping block is on your left. as the trail curves around the Chopping Block, scramble up to base of the routes. Baba Cool is the left most route on the face.Paul Piana describes it as " A perfect Route. All time classic. Climb this one! " He is right. I'd say it is a very solid 10A....[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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