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
 13
Ugly Duckling
Boulder
V8 7B
 4
Dyke Dream
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 72
Fintastic
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 40
Buddha Boys
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 81
Just Jugs
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 95
Valdez Overhang
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 75
Evergreen
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 125
Baba Cool
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 37
Hail Betty
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 36
Emergency Snow Route
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 34
Static Cling
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 28
Meat is Murder
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 11
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
 14
Slang
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ugly Duckling Ugly Duckling Boulder
 13
V3 6A Boulder
Dyke Dream Three Amigos Boulder
 4
V8 7B Boulder
Fintastic N Park > Veiny
 72
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Buddha Boys Veiny
 40
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Just Jugs N Park > Veiny
 81
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Valdez Overhang Chopping Block
 95
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Evergreen Pine Tree Rock
 75
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Baba Cool Chopping Block
 125
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Hail Betty Veiny
 37
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Emergency Snow Route Pine Tree Rock
 36
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Static Cling Lightning Bolt
 34
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Meat is Murder Chopping Block
 28
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
A Wrinkle In Time Wrinkled Rock
 11
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
 14
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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