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Middle Marker Area

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Big Dripper T,S 
Borealis Strut S 
Broken Promises T 
Crystal Shard S 
Deja' Vu Prophecy S 
Don't Stahl S 
Equinox S 
Help s On the Way S 
Is That Uranus S 
Jupiter Fly By S,TR 
Little Dripper T,S 
Make Believe S 
Micro-Climb S 
Mintaka T 
Moonstone S 
Orions Belt T 
Raisins in the Sun T,S 
Roadside Plum T 
Rum and Coke  S 
Saturn Boogie S 
Skywalker S 
SLAMAT S 
Solo System S,TR 
Spacedust S 
Star Dancer S,TR 
Weird Water T 

Middle Marker Area Rock Climbing 


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Location: 43.88242, -103.46227 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

This rock encompasses the majority of the Marker area, with the Inner Marker 'behind' it. There are a variety of fixed anchors across the fins and summits - check individual routes for details.

Getting There 

Follow the directions under the area. As you walk up the wide gully, the Middle Marker is the large, complex formation on the right.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.7 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',3],['5.8',4],['5.9',8],['5.10',8],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Middle Marker Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Middle Marker Area:
Weird Water   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
Orions Belt   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 70'   
Make Believe   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   
Little Dripper   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   
Star Dancer   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 105'   
Micro-Climb   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 50'   
Borealis Strut   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 60'   
Skywalker   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Saturn Boogie   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   
Equinox   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 50'   
Roadside Plum   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 165'   
Crystal Shard   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Don't Stahl   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Moonstone   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   
Jupiter Fly By   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 65'   
Rum and Coke    5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   
SLAMAT   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 75'   
Deja' Vu Prophecy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 240'   
Raisins in the Sun   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   
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Featured Route For Middle Marker Area
Rock Climbing Photo: This is a shot of Angie nearing the top of Weird W...

Weird Water 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Middle Marker Area
A great, long climb. Incredible moves, incredible position. This route summits the main rock in the Marker formation. Gets my vote for the best 5.7 in Rushmore!Finding this route the first time around can be a bit of a chore... Follow directions to the route 'Star Dancer'. As you're looking at the rock, scramble up to the right, passing the first gully on the left, into a small opening / grassy area, and continue to the next gully on the left. At the top of this gully are some large blocks...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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By Aaron Costello
From: Rapid City, SD
Jun 29, 2006
I found a nice knife near the base of Gilson Chimney. If you can discribe it, I'll return it. (aaron_c_costello@yahoo.com)
By Andy Busse
Administrator
From: Rapid City, SD
Jun 3, 2010
Looking for route beta on a new line 50' uphill (NE) of Solo System, it is 5.8 35' with 3 bolts. I need the info for the book????
Whittle?
By Andy Busse
Administrator
From: Rapid City, SD
Jun 18, 2010
Route beta on new addition to climbers' left of Moonstone???

thanks,

ab

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