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Meat Counter has a lot of good moderates in a concentrated area. Popular routes range from 5.5 to 5.12, and are all high quality. Many routes are really short. A one rope rappel is always plenty. Routes are mostly bolted face climbs.
Two approaches exist. The first one, which I recommend, hikes up the main trail from the Chopping Block entrance, skirting in between Wrinkled Rock on the right and Chopping Block on the left. Once past Chopping Block, take a left and look for a gigantic chockstone crammed between two larger formations. The formation on the right side of the chockstone is Meat Counter (the left side is Cleaver). Many routes are found by climbing up under the chockstone, and some others are on the back side by continuing further on the trail.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Meat Counter:
Foreskin 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport, 40'
Pigskin 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Marv's Loss 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Blue Mascara 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Lean Years 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Pop You Up 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
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Over the Radar V10 7C+ PG13 SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Meat Counter
This incredible, frightening problem has Chuck Fryberger written all over it. Located on the big boulder to the right of Pop You Up, Over the Radar starts matched on the low pinch in the middle section of the boulder. A few relatively easy right traversing moves lead to a difficult sequence at the arete. Once through the lower arete section a moderate section leads to the lip. The mantle is a scary 15 feet off the ground and is one of the most difficult in the Black Hills. I personally got scare...[more] Browse More Classics in SD