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Shared By: Mike Madsen on Feb 28, 2017
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Climbing for Eastern South Dakota

Page for Eastern side of the state rock climbing and bouldering. The developed climbing on this side is located at Palisades State Park. A nice small state park hidden on the outskirts of the small town of Garretson, South Dakota. All routes here are top Rope. There are a few routes that can be lead. The rock here tends to not be very comforting while leading. It has a slick and at times ice coating quartz feel. Not to say that you can't lead here. There are plenty of options for placing gear just please be confident in your abilities. Summer months expect the mosquitos to be horrendous. Bringing bug spray is a must. The park has shaded climbs on one side and you can be in the sun on the other. Please keep the area clean. If your not climbing its a great park to explore!

Devils Gulch is a small free city park. It is formed by a canyon being split by the Split rock creek. Very dirty and not very worthy in climbing terms....

Getting There

From Sioux Falls head to Brandon, South Dakota. From Brandon cross interstate 90 heading north. Stay on this road for 10 miles until you come to Garretson, South Dakota. You will see signs right before the town for Palisades State Park

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Classic Climbing Routes at East Side SD

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2- 5+
 5
Regular Route
Boulder
V3 6A
 3
Hung Like A Horse
Boulder
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 14
Garden Path
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 12
Henry Aaron
TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 8
Mystery Climb
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 8
Cleopatra
TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 4
Racecar Ya Ya's
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
Alexander
TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 16
The Bitch
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 12
The Son Of A Bitch
Trad, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
King Olaf
TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
Cemetery Gates
Trad, TR
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 19
Glimmer
TR
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 7
Debutant Farmers
Trad, TR
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 7
Aloha
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Regular Route Palisades SP > Palisades SP Bo… > River Boulder aka The…
 5
V2- 5+ Boulder
Hung Like A Horse Palisades SP > Palisades SP Bo… > A Taste of Fontainebleau
 3
V3 6A Boulder
Garden Path Palisades SP > S Wall
 14
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Henry Aaron Palisades SP > Chockstone Tower
 12
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 TR
Mystery Climb Palisades SP > S Wall
 8
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Cleopatra Palisades SP > King Rock
 8
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Racecar Ya Ya's Palisades SP > Split creek cracks
 4
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Alexander Palisades SP > King Rock
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
The Bitch Palisades SP > Chockstone Tower
 16
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
The Son Of A Bitch Palisades SP > Chockstone Tower
 12
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
King Olaf Palisades SP > King Rock
 6
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Cemetery Gates Palisades SP > Harkor Tower
 8
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Glimmer Palisades SP > Harkor Tower
 19
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b TR
Debutant Farmers Palisades SP > Positron
 7
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, TR
Aloha Palisades SP > Chockstone Tower
 7
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b TR
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