Elevation: 5,281 ft
GPS: 43.886, -103.47 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Andrew Gram on Jun 24, 2002
Admins: Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty
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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
 17
Ugly Duckling
Boulder
V10 7C+ PG13
 6
Over the Radar
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 78
Fintastic
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 48
Buddha Boys
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 91
Just Jugs
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 104
Valdez Overhang
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 84
Evergreen
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 132
Baba Cool
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 43
Hail Betty
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 39
Emergency Snow Route
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 38
Static Cling
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 30
Meat is Murder
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 14
A Wrinkle In Time
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 10
Twelve White Sticks
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 15
Slang
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ugly Duckling Ugly Duckling Boulder
 17
V3 6A Boulder
Over the Radar Meat Counter
 6
V10 7C+ PG13 Boulder
Fintastic N Park > Veiny
 78
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Buddha Boys Veiny
 48
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Just Jugs N Park > Veiny
 91
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Valdez Overhang Chopping Block
 104
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Evergreen Pine Tree Rock
 84
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Baba Cool Chopping Block
 132
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Hail Betty Veiny
 43
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Emergency Snow Route Pine Tree Rock
 39
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Static Cling Lightning Bolt
 38
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Meat is Murder Chopping Block
 30
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
A Wrinkle In Time Wrinkled Rock
 14
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Twelve White Sticks Chopping Block
 10
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Slang Shrub
 15
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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