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Sledgehammer Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Peter Gram on Jul 27, 2002

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Sledgehammer has a very high concentration of routes on it. It almost feels like a giant boulder, but all routes need to be roped. Routes range from very well protected bolted routes, to trad routes, to bold non-protected face climbing. Fixed anchors are available for most climbs.

Getting There 

Follow the area directions to the main area near Turtle Rock. When you are at the viewpoint mentioned, walk down towards Turtle Rock. Sledgehammer is hard to pick out at this point, but it will be apparent when you near it. It is a giant triangular-shaped boulder with routes on all sides.

Climbing Season

For the The Needles Of Rushmore area.

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: I think I going to Hurle.

I Think I'm Going To Hurle 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Sledgehammer
This route follows a prominent dike on the east face of Sledgehammer. Follow the obvious line through 6 bolts to a fixed anchor. This is very well protected and has fun moves. Start on fun bouldery beginning. Enjoy the fun face climbing on good crystals and some smears. The crux comes towards the top as you go through a small bulge with tiny crystals and a committing smear....[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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By Mark Orsag
From: Omaha, NE
Jul 16, 2017
A number of these routes can be top roped after one is led to the top of the formation. With a large group, one could have top ropes all over this formation. Like the Rubik's routes, these have a bouldery style somewhat untypical of most Rushmore climbing.

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