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YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Peter Gram on Jul 11, 2002

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Make sure to bring some friends to laugh at you while you climb this. Only one move required. Look for a fixed piton and scramble up to it, clip it, maybe back it up with another piece of gear. Now struggle and do the ultimate belly flop (this route is not really called that, it is unnamed). Then do easy moves to the top. Preferably, bring some really short people to follow you up it.

Getting off this is the crux. A massive simul rappel is required over this broad summit. I ended up hugging a tree on the north side when my partner thought I said off rappel but was still a long ways off the ground.


This can be done with just one quickdraw by clipping a fixed pin. However, it is probably best to back it up with another piece of gear. Also, bring some gear to set up an anchor up top.

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By Peter Gram
From: Cupertino, CA
Jul 11, 2002

By the way, don't do this climb unless you either have climbed every other route at Rushmore or like to climb "oddities".
By Andrew Gram
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 11, 2002

This gets my vote as the strangest climb at Rushmore.
By Mark Orsag
From: Omaha, NE
Jan 24, 2017
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Yeah, this is just weird.

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