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Areas in Chopping Block

Butcher's Hand, The 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Chopping Block 2 / 5 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Cleaver 2 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Gnome Hat Arete 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Lightning Bolt 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Meat Counter 3 / 8 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
North Park 1 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Pine Tree Rock 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Razorback 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Shrub, The 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Stinger 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Three Amigos Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Ugly Duckling Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Veiny 2 / 14 / 4 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
Wrinked Rock 2 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
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Description

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

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.

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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
 7
Ugly Duckling
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 51
Fintastic
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 25
BB (Buddha Boys)
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 25
Buddha Boys
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 53
Just Jugs
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 75
Valdez Overhang
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 42
Evergreen
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 89
Baba Cool
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 29
Emergency Snow Route
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 5
Regional Dialect
Trad, Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
 3
Baby Please
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 24
Meat is Murder
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 8
A Wrinkle In Time
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 8
Twelve White Sticks
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 11
Slang
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ugly Duckling Ugly Duckling Boulder
 7
V3 6A Boulder
Fintastic N Park > Unknown Area 1
 51
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
BB (Buddha Boys) Veiny
 25
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Buddha Boys Veiny
 25
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Just Jugs N Park > Unknown Area 1
 53
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Valdez Overhang Chopping Block
 75
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Evergreen Pine Tree Rock
 42
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Baba Cool Chopping Block
 89
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Emergency Snow Route Pine Tree Rock
 29
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Regional Dialect Shrub
 5
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Baby Please Razorback
 3
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R Sport
Meat is Murder Chopping Block
 24
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
A Wrinkle In Time Wrinked Rock
 8
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Twelve White Sticks Chopping Block
 8
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Slang Shrub
 11
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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I wasn't sure where to put this message, so here goes.

Free Camping???

I know there used to be a free camping area by just down the road from South Seas but it apears that its no longer there. Is there any other free camping areas in the area, close to the climbing, or any "Climber" Campgrounds? Sometimes its hard to be a poor climbing bum. Mar 19, 2003
Can anyone give me information on the boulder problems on the boulder directly below Blue Mascara and the boulders on the flat behind the chopping block? I have climbed a bunch of problems there and was just wondering if anyone else had come up with some really good ones too. If you don't want to post the beta here send me an email @ nanook_del_norte@hotmail.com. Thanks! Dec 19, 2005
Andy Busse
Rapid City, SD
Andy Busse   Rapid City, SD
Mexican Correspondent,CL, give me a call in AL at the same number as before. I am looking for some gear you rescued for the sisters. Hope all is well.... Jan 6, 2006
Does anyone know how hard Atomic Slap is? I've been wanting to climb it because it looks sweet, but i don't know how hard it is. If anyone knows please let me know, it would be greatly appreciated.

And is Pop You Up really a 12. I have climbed other 12's at rushmore and it wasnt as hard as that one. Maybe im just missing something on the route. If anyone knows something about it, that would be awesome too. Mar 26, 2007
Greg Parker
Cardiff, CA
Greg Parker   Cardiff, CA  
Pop You Up is 12b, by my account and many others. It is not 12+ nor any harder. What other 12's are you comparing it to? Are they 12a??
Atomic Slap has not been redpointed, and it is hard. Todd Skinner and Paul Piana could not do it. Dave Asscherick and I tried it one day and couldn't do the crux. I would say that it is at least 13d. Great looking line though. Mar 27, 2007
Thanks guys I really appreciate it. And to Greg, I was comparing Pop You Up to Lady's in Love (which by the way is one of the best 12s i have ever done in the area) and beetlejuice. Maybe I'm just missing how to do the bearhug part, I'll try to catch someone on it and see how they do it. Mar 28, 2007

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