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Moby Dick Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Moby Dick taken from the road. As you drive from ...


A nice, tall formation with quality rock and routes. The largest stone in its grouping and very near the road.

Getting There 

Located just uphill (west) from the Ten Pins and on the south side of the road. Park either at the small pullout on the north side of the road immediately across the road from it, or up hill by Totem Pole or Phallus. The north side of the formation, the one facing the road, has a 1.5-2 foot deep, right-facing dihedral runing approximately 40 feet up its face.

Climbing Season

For the Tenpins/Switchbacks area.

Weather station 5.2 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Moby Dick

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Moby Dick:
Nantucket Sleighride   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Face climbing past the crux. June '07.

Nantucket Sleighride 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b South Dakota : Custer State Park : ... : Moby Dick
This ultra-classic route starts in the shallow (1-2 foot deep, right-facing) dihedral, facing the road. It protects well, albeit somewhat strenuously at times, in the obvious placements. Several placements and sizes of small to medium gear are available. Make a committing, but not too difficult move up and out of the dihedral to the bolt. Shake out the legs and arms then run up the fun face past several bolts to the groove where you'll make about a 30 foot runout for the anchors while ponder...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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Rock Climbing Photo: The long rap down the roadside face of Moby Dick. ...
The long rap down the roadside face of Moby Dick. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Darin Limvere at the crux of Nantucket Sleigh Ride...
Darin Limvere at the crux of Nantucket Sleigh Ride...

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By Steve Mestdagh
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 6, 2005
Anyone has a name for the long route to the right (and around the corner) of Nantucket Sleighride? If so, I'll enter a description. It's too good to be called "Unknown". Thanks.
By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Sep 2, 2008
The above directions are incorrect. Moby Dick is located on the NORTH side of the road [although technically, the road wraps around it, so it is both on the N, S & W side of the road, it is NORTH of the section of road nearest to the cliff], and the prominent dihedral of Nantucket Sleighride is on the SOUTH side of the formation.

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