Meat Counter Rock Climbing
Placing gear in the traverse
Meat Counter has a lot of good moderates in a concentrated area. Popular routes range from 5.5 to 5.12, and are all high quality. Many routes are really short. A one rope rappel is always plenty. Routes are mostly bolted face climbs.
Two approaches exist. The first one, which I recommend, hikes up the main trail from the Chopping Block entrance, skirting in between Wrinkled Rock on the right and Chopping Block on the left. Once past Chopping Block, take a left and look for a gigantic chockstone crammed between two larger formations. The formation on the right side of the chockstone is Meat Counter (the left side is Cleaver). Many routes are found by climbing up under the chockstone, and some others are on the back side by continuing further on the trail.
The second approach is not as fun, but may be quicker to Pigskin and Foreskin. Hike around Chopping Block's north side and take the gully upwards. Look for bolted lines.
Weather station 1.0 miles from here
16 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Meat Counter
Span Man V7-8 7B South Dakota
: Mount Rushmore National Mem...
: ... : Meat Counter
Extraordinary problem with a not so extraordinary landing. Start low on a good flat edge working left to gastons and sidepulls. Eventually the holds run out and a large span to a good jug out right awaits. From here climb around the corner to a easy slab topout. Even though the landing sucks the climbing is superb. People with larger spans will find the crux span much easier (but still hard! V7 as Luke suggested). Shorter folk might just have to all out dyno to the jug or do what Chase did and u...[more] Browse More Classics in South Dakota