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YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 95'
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Lane Smith & Mark Jacobs 1980 Ground Up
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Jerry W on Jul 22, 2010

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Climb the low-angle crack to gain the pod. From the pod move up and over the bulge and enjoy the finger crack as it widens up. Great finger locks get you through the roof and to a good chockstone at about 50'. Another 35' of hands gets you to a good flake and a rest where the crack widens up. 15' up a squeeze chimney and you're saved. Marginal feet - mostly smearing and camming. Steep and physical the whole way!


Middle crack on the wall. The start is in on a grass ledge mid-way up the wall, behind the fin system.


Cams: .56-3.51”, Nuts.
Descent: Needles rappel or down-climb off the backside.

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By Jimmy D
From: Rapid City
Jul 7, 2015
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

This is a wild and fun route! Gear is pretty thin for the first 25 feet or so, but the rest of the route takes great gear. The crux will find you... and its not where you expect!! Get on it!!
By Zach Keeney
From: Cheyenne, WY
Jul 12, 2015
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Watch out for the 400lb detached flake towards the top. It would be ideal to remove it. Good route but it is really dirty and needs more traffic.
By ShanJ2me
From: Rapid City, SD
Aug 27, 2017
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Clean and death block gone. This is one of the best crack climbs in the Rushmore Needles!! Hard moves- Great gear! As Jimmy D said "crux is not where you expect "- especially if your short (like Me)!!

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