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Iron Mountain is a good place to go to escape crowds. There are several routes here (tend to be short), most of which are face climbing. Also, this is a good destination for fun granite bouldering. In fact, there is enough bouldering here to warrant leaving the rope at home.
From Keystone, drive towards Mt. Rushmore on highway 16a. Take a left on 16a when the road junctions with 244. Measure from here, and drive 3.1 miles and park. This spot is where a non-major paved road intersects with the main highway on its right. This intersection is about 1/4 mile after driving through the second tunnel. There is no official parking, so just squeeze on the shoulder.
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As the Skin Thins V4-5 6B+ SD : Iron Mountain : ... : Pain Staker
This is an excellent problem for the grade. Sit start in the sloping crack. Smear the left foot and push on a good crystal with the right foot. Pull up and reach around way left for a really good hold. Reposition the body and slap higher up on the sloping crack with the right hand. Heal hook in the crack and bump the right hand to a good crimp. Move the left hand to a good crimp consisting of a row of crystals. Make sure to get the thumb catch. Then reach really high to a right hand crimp also c...[more] Browse More Classics in SD