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King Pin Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Brian Milhaupt on Jul 11, 2002


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BETA PHOTO: King Pin as seen from the road.


This is one of the largest of the ten pins. It has three known routes on it ranging between 5.7 and 5.10d. From the road a steep crack is discernable that ends approximately halfway up.

Getting There 

From the ten pin parking walk up the road almost to the switchback. The King Pin is closest to the road 20', and the Quartz Jester crack is visible on the north side.

Climbing Season

For the Tenpins/Switchbacks area.

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in King Pin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for King Pin:
Conn Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Laptad-Prince route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 120'   
Quartz Jester   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b X     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
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The crux of this route may only require an "S" rating if a helmet is worn, although the easy slab finish is still very serious fall potential.Climb the blatant crack on the north face to its end. Move up and right on steep rock past some good crystals (crux) to a slab finish....[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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