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Areas in Marker

Broken Arrow Spire 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Inner Marker 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Middle Marker Area 8 / 21 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 26
Peanut 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Schist Head 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3

Description

A pretty big hunk of rock with some incredible routes. Like most of the Rushmore area, it is a bit confusing at first. After you've located a couple routes things get much easier. Some fun, popular moderates include Solo System, Star Dancer, and Weird Water.
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Getting There

The Marker area is one of the closest to the monument and just off 244. Coming from in from the monument, look for the 2nd? pullout on the left. If you get the correct one, the trail and sign-in board are just down the trail right across the street. You might have to follow the trail a short distance to see the kiosk, but if it's there you're in the right place!

Before you start going, look up and to the right - the beautiful summits are the Middle & Inner Markers. Follow the trail straight in and up the gully, the Middle Marker is on the right, the Inner Marker is behind it.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Marker

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Orions Belt
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Weird Water
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Star Dancer
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Make Believe
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Skywalker
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Schist for Brains
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Roadside Plum
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Don't Stahl
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Moonstone
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Rum and Coke
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Deja' Vu Prophecy
Sport 2 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Lightning Never Strikes Twice
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Schist Happens
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Regenerator
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Raisins in the Sun
Trad, Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Trad, Sport
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Mark Orsag
Omaha, NE
Mark Orsag   Omaha, NE
This crag and Monster, now are jointly called Magna Carta. Magna Carta is the stiffest crag at Rushmore. The routes here are big and very , very tough for the grade in almost all cases. Every time that I climb here , I leave with even more respect for the 80s hard men who put up these things. Jul 12, 2016

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