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Sentinel Butte Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,000'
Location: 46.8784, -103.8363 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jason Halladay, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Dallas on Nov 11, 2009  with updates from Dakota from North Dakota
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The routes are on top of Sentinel Butte, not in the town. Sandstone rock that is brittle. Bolted in 2003 with expansion bolts and should be inspected before use. The land is privately owned. Don't leave a mess! Somewhat of a tourist attraction

Update 2017:

The owner minds climbers being on his land. A LOT. We're working on gaining climber access at the moment but it will be a journey.

Until then, this area is closed to climbers unless otherwise noted.

Getting There 

Take Interstate 94 west from Bismarck, past Dickinson to Exit 10. Go south into the town of Sentinel Butte. Go straight through Sentinel Butte for two miles to a Y and go right (SW) Follow that road up to the top of the butte. Drive towards the back and stop as the road turns left. Routes are NE of here. Ask some locals for directions if need be.

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Weather station 9.1 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: DSnydes before his first TR of the route.

The Great Roof 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  * In Progress : North Dakota : Sentinel Butte
Chicken wing and smear your way up the fifteen foot vertical section before pulling the roof using jugs and stems. Cruise to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in * In Progress

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Rock Climbing Photo: 5 bolted anchors of Sentinel Butte
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By tbird
From: Minot, ND
Mar 19, 2011
I have some photos of the area and I will post them. I was at Sentinel Butte today. The anchors are 13 mm bolts with extremely large hooks. There use to be a rappel route but the anchors were missing and only the bolts remain. The route is 5 anchors and maybe 40 meters.
By Paul K.
From: West Fargo, ND
Jan 20, 2015
Please post photos, because I find it very hard to believe there is something climbable around here that doesn't fall apart with every grasp.
By Dsnydes
Apr 26, 2015
As of April 2015 the bolts are still in good shape upon my inspection. The well bolted nature (5 B's) of Hell's Heaven (5.10-) ensure that unless you blow a clip, you aren't going to be taking a significant fall on any of the bolts. I was actually very impressed by the quality of the rock. ND sport climbing at its finest folks!!

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