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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
Elevation: 5,285 ft
GPS: 43.882, -103.462 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 18,463 total · 97/month
Shared By: Anonymous Coward on Jun 26, 2002
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

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
Crystal Shard
Sport
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
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Regenerator
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Raisins in the Sun
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Orions Belt Middle Marker Area 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad
Weird Water Middle Marker Area 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Star Dancer Middle Marker Area 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Make Believe Middle Marker Area 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Skywalker Middle Marker Area 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Schist for Brains Schist Head 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Roadside Plum Middle Marker Area 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad
Crystal Shard Middle Marker Area 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Don't Stahl Middle Marker Area 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Moonstone Middle Marker Area 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Rum and Coke Middle Marker Area 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Deja' Vu Prophecy Middle Marker Area 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Lightning Never Strikes Twice Inner Marker 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Regenerator Inner Marker 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Raisins in the Sun Middle Marker Area 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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