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Spire Three Rock Climbing 

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Ben on top of Spire 3. Taken from Khayyam Spire.


Spire Three is the high point in the third system of spires counting from the west. It is easily identified by the large summit area, which is the broadest of the main spires. A very obvious line climbs a chimney like slot in the west face (International Chimney). This route is one of the finest in the Cathedral Spires.

Getting There 

From the Cathedral Spires, take a look from the viewpoint. Spire Three is the left spire of the two obvious high spires seen. It is very wide in stature, and should be easy to pick out. Follow the trail #4 towards the spires. The best way to get to this route is to continue around to the back side of the spires, then find the Spire Two-Three gully. Station 13 sits at the top of this gully. Then Spire Three is the second spire from the top of the gully (Obelisk comes first, large roof with gnarly looking crack). Also, one could walk up the climbers trail between Spire Two and Three to the same point.

Climbing Season

For the Cathedral Spires area.

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Spire Three

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Spire Three:
International Chimney   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Cat's Meow   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   
OO-EE-OO-AH-A   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 135'   
Uganda Be Kidding Me!   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 130'   
Kogia   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 230'   
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Featured Route For Spire Three
Rock Climbing Photo: Kogia 11-

Kogia 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  SD : Custer State Park : ... : Spire Three
Fairly well protected bolt line up the long West face of Spire Three. Follows the faint 'S'-ing dyke of crystals all the way to the top. Thrilling crux.Pitch 1; 5.6 90', Start up the 'International Chimney', climb through crux and make belay at a ledge about half way up this climb. Pitch 2; 5.11- 140', From ledge, continue 15' up 'chimney' to small roof on the left. Stem and traverse out left towards bolt line. After crux, you could stop at rappel anchors to mak...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

Photos of Spire Three Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Spire Three viewed from Spire Two
BETA PHOTO: Spire Three viewed from Spire Two
Rock Climbing Photo: Closeup of the Cathedral Spires.
BETA PHOTO: Closeup of the Cathedral Spires.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben on the second "pitch" of Spire 3.  L...
Ben on the second "pitch" of Spire 3. L...
Rock Climbing Photo: Native rock climbers in between Spires 3 and 4, Ju...
Native rock climbers in between Spires 3 and 4, Ju...

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