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Khayyam Spire

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Submitted By: Kevin Fons on Mar 9, 2003
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From the top of Khayyam looking east.


Khayyam spire is the prominent Spire with the bright yellow face. It stands out in front of the Spire 2/3 gully. The awsome South Yellow Face has a long bolted route (The Yellow Face), the rest of the spire has some great long crack routes including God's own Drunk, The Wildman Traverse and others.

Getting There 

The spire is the first major spire reached on the Cathedral Spires Trail. Follow the trail until you can move right and up to the base of the spire.

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Khayyam Spire:
God's Own Drunk   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 320'   
Yellow Wall   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 320'   
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Tony Bubb starting up the dihedral

God's Own Drunk 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  SD : Custer State Park : ... : Khayyam Spire
The route starts on the North Side of the spire - you can't miss it. The route follows the awesome dihedral.A few weird moves gets you up to the start of the main dihedral. There are great stances for placing gear and then you move up and out - the dihedral is almost like reverse mini steps. It kind of goes like this - place gear, move up and out, loose sight of the gear because it is under the mini overhang, place another piece and repeat. When I climbed the route my partner kept saying to ...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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The Upper West Face of Khayyam Tower of the Needle's Cathedral group is pretty in afternoon light. Photo by Tony Bubb 7/'06.
The Upper West Face of Khayyam Tower of the Needle...
Khayyam Spire as seen from near the top of the Spire Two/Three gully.
BETA PHOTO: Khayyam Spire as seen from near the top of the Spi...
from spire three
from spire three
The start of a 5.8 Kamp's Route on the south side of Khayyam Spire.
The start of a 5.8 Kamp's Route on the south side ...
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By Greg Parker
Mar 12, 2003

Nate Renner and I did the Yellow Wall about five years ago and to this day it remains one of my most memorable ascents. The second pitch (12a) is amazing! Some of the sketchy bolts I have been replaced. Definately, definately worth doing.