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Ballpoint and Tong Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.86036, -103.51449 View Map  Incorrect?
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This pair of aesthetic spires is perched up on a hill about 400 yards North of the Torch. Ballpoint is to the West and Tong is to the East. Ballpoint is the taller of the pair, is split by several horizontal cracks, and has an almost spherical summit. Tong has two distinct summits that are easily reached, Ballpoint is a lot trickier.

The summit of Portal Peak offers a great view of these eye-catching spires.

Getting There 

From the base of the Torch on Trail 7, bushwhack North for 400 yards.

Climbing Season

For the The Needles Of Rushmore area.

Weather station 3.8 miles from here

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Ballpoint 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Ballpoint and Tong
P1: (5.10+) Scramble to a cozy belay between Ballpoint and Tong. Step right off the ledge to gain the crack. Corkscrew around right following a horizontal crack on jugs and tiny feet. Continue traversing to gain a vertical crack on the opposite side of the spire. Set a hanging belay here. Steep and pumpy with wild exposure and a lot of climbing!P2: (5.7) Place an RP, then follow side pulls and slopers on a low-angle face to the summit.Descent: Needles style rap, 60m rope...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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