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Shakers Rock Climbing 


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Location: 43.8833, -103.4623 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: The approach to "Pointy Little Devil", &...

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Description 

secluded area with short but steep scramble approach.

Getting There 

Left from Sign-in, take first right at "sidewalk ledge" and scramble up. When you reach the major cleft in the rock, a right takes you to Harlem and pointy devil, up and over takes you to CIC, and up and left will take you to the shakers.

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Weather station 0.7 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',3],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['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 Shakers

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Shakers:
Salt and Pepper Shaker   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad   
Butter Knife   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad   
Pointy Little Devil   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 115'   
Skid Marks   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Featured Route For Shakers
Rock Climbing Photo: Midway up the route

Pointy Little Devil 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Shakers
From the climbers check in, head left down the trail. After going about 40 feet, turn right and then scramble up some boulders. After going up the boulders for about 20 feet the route will be about 15 feet on your right. Protection: 11 quickdraws plus an additional two for the anchors. A total of 13 draws total.Begin by climbing up the north ramp to a bolt. Fun delicate climbing on the face and arete with well placed bolts. Excellent summit!...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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By MELINDA
Jun 9, 2017
For first time climbers in the area, figuring out which pulloff to park at/finding the trailhead with the sign-in khiosk, and finding the routes in the Monster, Marker, Shaker area MIGHT be challenging. There are some contradicting information in the descriptions and comments. I really love MP but sometimes it's best to buy the book. My boyfriend and I used MP to find the area and routes and both struggled. He has a great amount of expirence and the directions still stumped him. Once we actually figured out where to park and sign-in we made our way to the base of the correct area. Then the biggest challenge was finding where the routes were... We didn't want to be overly confident and jump on routes we thought were the correct ones. The confusing directions for all of the routes led us to frustration and disappointment. My boyfriend has decades of expirence and skill and he wasn't just going to jump on a route he wasn't sure was correct. I followed his lead and failed to figure out what routes we were looking at. From leaving the campground to finally giving up and driving to Hills City to buy the book was about a three hour adventure. BtW, nowhere in the town of Keystone has any guide books! You must go to Hill City which is about 20-30 min away from Keystone. Go to Granite Sports. They had a great selection of books and were very nice and helpful! We bought "The Needles of Mount Rushmore" by Andrew Nurse and Andrew Burr. It was recommended to us and we heard from others this was the book to get. If the weather turns and starts hailing and storming for food stop in Desparados for some food! Great prices for the area and very friendly staff. When we finally got back to climbing using the book got us quickly to where we wanted to climb and with their helpful descriptions we found the routes immediately and we got to climb! I recommend to routes in Magna Carta, Picture Window routes.. cool, unique routes. Getting to the arête can be spooky of you don't like a lot of exposure. Layback moves are key to make it more fun and less challenging. Placing fear towards to the of any of the routes on this wall can be tricky and spooky with the exposure I mentioned before.

Note: the pictures did not download before I lost service so that would have probably helped us find the routes easily.

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