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Shared By: Brad Boner on Mar 20, 2003
Admins: Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

Description

This is a relitively unvisited and undeveloped series of short routes on sandstone cliffs, about 8-10 miles out of Rapid City on Norris Peak Road. Only 2-3 of the routes are bolted, but there are 20+ sets of anchors along the top of the cliffs. Trad gear could be used on many routes, but might be unstable because most of the routes are not "clean" (i.e.: moss or loose rock). This area has a lot of potential, however, and offers a little of everything; cracks, faces, and even a cool roof to pull on.

Getting There

Drive west out of Rapid City on Nemo Road and turn left after a few miles on Norris Peak Road (the road connecting Nemo Road and Rimrock Highway). At exactly 1.1 miles you'll come to a stretch in the road, and you'll see a small/medium sized boulder on the left. Pull off here and park on the shoulder. From the boulder walk straight into the woods and up the hill until you come to one of many deer trails. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE use the deer trails to SWITCHBACK up the hill, rather than soldiering your way straight up. This will minimize erosion in the area. It only takes about 5 minutes to hike to the base of the cliffs. Once at the base, the best way to get on top is to turn left and after a short ways you'll see an easy 5.4 scramble to the top.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cliffs of Dune

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Darth Cracker
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Seitch
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Darth Cracker
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Seitch
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Bene Gesserit
 5
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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