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This wall is the main wall at Raspberry Rocks. It faces west/northwest. There is a substantial boulder field below this wall. Near the center of this wall is a giant tiered overhang. This wall is home to the majority of the routes at Raspberry Rocks. This is one of the steepest and longest walls we have in the Black Hills. There are a number of corners, aretes, cracks and overhangs on this wall. There are no other cliffs in the Black Hills that are so symmetrically cleaved. This area is similar to Index Town Walls in Washington State or many of the crags in Boulder Canyon, Colorado. Most routes have fixed anchors for rappel purposes. This cliff is in the shade in the morning and gets sunshine after 2:00PM during the summer. Several routes not to be missed are Rocking Raspberries 5.9, Somewhere East of Fresno 5.10c, Indian Summer 5.10c, Frosted Red Raspberry Pop Tarts 5.10d, Left Face of Eve 5.11b and The Horn Route 5.10b.
Use the standard approach described on the front page for Raspberry Rocks. Follow the faint trail until it leads into the boulder field. At that point the main attraction will be quite evident. Wander through the talus staying out away from the wall a bit. Find your route and work through the boulders to the base of the climb.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Weather Watchers Wall:
Carl's Bad Caverns 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 180'
Weather or Not 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 170'
Rocking Raspberries 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Dog Days of Summer 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Somewhere East of Fresno 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Frosted Red Raspberry Pop Tarts 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 90'
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Somewhere East of Fresno 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b SD : Raspberry Rocks : Weather Watchers Wall
In my opinion this is the finest single pitch Raspberry Rocks has to offer. I have climbed this pitch over 50 times myself. Locate a hand crack about 20' left of Pressure Drop. Climb this handcrack into a "V Slot" then start clipping bolts, move over the roof and start the finger tip liebacking alternating with some stemming. After the seventh bolt move right into an incipient finger and handcrack. At about 80' you will find the anchors. It is possible to climb the second pitch of Weather or Not...[more] Browse More Classics in SD
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