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Elevation: 5,351 ft
GPS: 43.88032, -103.4617
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Shared By: Andrew Gram on Jul 2, 2002
Admins: Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mikel Madsen, Mark Rafferty
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Dire Spire is the impressive spire that looks like an evil pitchfork just past Mt Rushmore. There are a few sport routes on it, but the only way to tag the summit is an old-fashioned Needles runout pitch. This is my favorite summit at Rushmore.

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Park in a pullout below the spire, and bushwhack up to the base. This is one of the worst approaches at Rushmore, though it still doesn't take more than 20 minutes or so. Be careful not to stray into the signed off limits area - doing so will get you a huge fine and will probably get the area closed.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Dire Spire

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 33
Conn Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 23
Impeachable Offense
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 30
The Engagement
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 5
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Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Conn Route
 33
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 2 pitches
Impeachable Offense
 23
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
The Engagement
 30
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Snakebite Evangelist
 5
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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