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Routes in Chopping Block
|A Sioux Named Boy S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a|
|Baba Cool S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Chopping Block T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a X|
|Glimpse Into Paradise V7 7A+|
|Great Chimney AKA The Great Dihedral, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Meat is Murder S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|Twelve White Sticks S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a|
|Valdez Overhang S,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Type:||Sport, TR, 40 ft|
|Page Views:||5,581 total, 30/month|
|Shared By:||Dan Dewell on Aug 29, 2002|
|Admins:||Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty|
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DescriptionValdez Overhang is a classic 'gym' line in the Chopping Block climbing area. Finding it is a bit tricky your first time, but this route gets so much traffic that the trail becomes obvious.
From the CB sign-in (with your back to the road) walk on the trail leading to your left. Follow this up a smaller run, down a little, then way up a steep hill past large granite faces on your left. See such lines as "Slang" and "Snow Emergency Route" overhead on the left. Follow this trail to the crest of the hill. The trail will again lead to the left through smaller pines, toward Rushmore Memorial, Monster, Middle Marker,Olton's Shoulder, etc. Keep walking this path for a couple minutes and another granite formation will show itself. Walk to the Rushmore side of the formation, in between two formations, and downhill. Valdez Overhang is on your left in a funky river of schist stretching approximately forty feet high. Chalk marks an obvious line through the route on jugs.
This is a great first 5.9 lead for beginners; whippers are very gentle. Also a wonderful place to run laps on at the end of the day. Feel the burn! Overall, a wonderful route anytime of year, any time of day!