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Behind the Times T 
Chemical Wire T 
Garfield Goes To Washington T 
Garfield's Forgiven Affair T 
Grounds for Divorce T 
Jingoist, The T 
Junta Crack T 
Political Affair T 
Political Division T 
Political Prowness T 
Slant Crack T 
Smear Campaign T 
Susi's Garden T 
Swamp Donkey T 
Tap and Die T,TR 
Utter Butter on a Rope T 
Wife Sentence T 
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White House Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Peter Gram on Jul 6, 2002
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White House Wall makes up a large portion of Emancipation Rockphormation on its northwest side. Garfield Goes to Washington is by far the most popular route on the wall, and for good reason. Make sure to visit this area for longer routes (3 pitches) and less crowds. A mixture of bolted and gear routes exist.

Descent must be made via rappel due to the federal off-limits boundary at the top of of WHW for all routes.

Getting There 

Park near Dire Spire and look for a trail heading east up the hill. This is hard to follow, but if you continue up the hill over large boulders, you will run into the correct wall. The divisions between formations are a little hard to discern, but this portion of the Rockphormation has most of its routes on the west face. This rock also has a few north facing routes if you continue around the northwest corner.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in White House Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for White House Wall:
Slant Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   
Garfield Goes To Washington   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
Junta Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Political Division   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
Political Prowness   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 420'   
Garfield's Forgiven Affair   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Smear Campaign   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 320'   
Wife Sentence   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Chemical Wire   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Grounds for Divorce   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 125'   
Tap and Die   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For White House Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting crack of Smear Campaign, etc.

Smear Campaign 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : White House Wall
Follow the trail from the pull-out toward the main wall; the free-standing formation at the left side of the White House wall is Pennsylvania Ave Pennsylvania Ave.. Trend around left of this to spot the start of the route (ie, the slightly left-to-right leaning hand crack). Coming from Garfield area, one can stay close to the main wall and scramble up behind Penn Ave, then down a nice terraced slope. If you hit the big alcove, go back 20 feet to the right....[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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Rock Climbing Photo: 6 climbers on Garfield Goes to Washington
6 climbers on Garfield Goes to Washington
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By Joe Brannan
From: Lyons, CO
Aug 5, 2012
Warning on the walk off, the back side of this wall is closed. Signs are posted everywhere reading 'Federally Closed Area.' Plan to rappel off the front.

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