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Elevation: 5,281 ft 1,610 m
GPS: 43.8856, -103.4696
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Shared By: Andrew Gram on Jun 24, 2002
Admins: Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mikel Madsen, Mark Rafferty
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Description Suggest change

Chopping Block doesn't have as many cool spires as South Seas or the Middle Marker area, but makes up for it with a good concentration of difficult routes and some good moderates on the long one pitch blocks. Like most places in the Needles, topropes are hard to come by, but nearly all the routes are good safe bolted routes so have at it.

Must do classics include Valdez Overhang, Baba Cool, Wisconsin Beef, Meat is Murder, Wrinkle in Time

Getting There Suggest change

Chopping Block is directly across the road from South Seas. Wrinkled Rock is the big hulking formation on the right and holds Rushmore's hardest, a 13d/14a. Most other formations are accessed by hanging a left after reaching the top of the hill, but some obscure routes are on the right.

103 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Chopping Block

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A
 22
Ugly Duckling
Boulder
V5 6C
 10
Radar Direct
Boulder
V7- 7A+
 24
Vise Grips
Boulder
V8 7B
 6
Dike Dream
Boulder
V10 7C+ PG13
 7
Over the Radar
Boulder
V10 7C+
 4
No More Mr. T (Fryberger's Dike)
Boulder
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 117
Valdez Overhang
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 101
Evergreen
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 158
Baba Cool
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 43
Static Cling
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 16
A Wrinkle In Time
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 15
Twelve White Sticks
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 22
Slang
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 6
Jackknife Matinee
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 4
New Slang
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ugly Duckling Ugly Duckling Boulder
 22
V3 6A Boulder
Radar Direct Meat Counter
 10
V5 6C Boulder
Vise Grips Ugly Duckling Boulder
 24
V7- 7A+ Boulder
Dike Dream Three Amigos Boulder
 6
V8 7B Boulder
Over the Radar Meat Counter
 7
V10 7C+ PG13 Boulder
No More Mr. T (Fryberger's… Ugly Duckling Boulder
 4
V10 7C+ Boulder
Valdez Overhang Birthday Rock
 117
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Evergreen Pine Tree Rock
 101
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Baba Cool Chopping Block
 158
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Static Cling Lightning Bolt
 43
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
A Wrinkle In Time Wrinkled Rock
 16
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Twelve White Sticks Chopping Block
 15
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Slang Shrub
 22
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Jackknife Matinee Lightning Bolt
 6
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
New Slang Shrub
 4
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Trad
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