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Blood Sausage 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Chris Pelczarski, July 13, 2010
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Tater Tot on Jul 13, 2010

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This route climbs an awesomely aesthetic line direct up the south face on some extremely unique features. It's a real power piece - there are few rests on this short but tough little fella! The real climbing begins on the large pedestal, and any way you get to that point is fine. Staying left of the bolts, climb direct through the huecos and crystals to the summit. This route is short, wild, exposed, aesthetic, and fun!

Do not bail left onto the west face up the easy crystal trough at the 4th bolt - continue direct up the face!


See route description for The Butcher's Hand. Once you have passed under the large chockstone tunnel, directly ahead of you will be the south face of The Butcher's Hand, which when viewed from this angle looks like a needles style spire. The route climbs direct up this face.


Four bolts and an anchor with two chains.

Route can easily be top roped by climbing the Gilson Route.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Fun summit on a windy day
Fun summit on a windy day
Rock Climbing Photo: Great movement on this route!
Great movement on this route!
Rock Climbing Photo: My brother Danny working out Blood Sausage on top ...
BETA PHOTO: My brother Danny working out Blood Sausage on top ...

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By Andy Busse
From: Rapid City, SD
Jul 23, 2010

Nice Work
By Tater Tot
From: Custer, SD
Jul 28, 2010

Thanks Andy - what did you think about the difficulty rating?
By JimmyHann
From: Rapid City
Aug 28, 2015
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Pretty dirty, but worth doing if your looking for a unique climb with a fantastic summit. Big moves on big holds, super physical and fun.

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