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Sore Thumb Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Cleaning anchors at the top of the original route....


This aptly named spire has one of the most classic needles routes on its north face. Standing at the base it is hard to imagine the overhang going at 5.9. A must do for anyone who enjoys crack climbing.

Getting There 

Head downhill from the Needle's Eye parking area. Stay east and pass through the notch at the base of Goldline. The overhanging north face of the sore thumb should quickly come into view.

Climbing Season

For the Needles Eye area.

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Shocked & Persuaded

Shocked and Persuaded 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b  South Dakota : Custer State Park : ... : Sore Thumb
To the right of the old route on the Sore Thumb. Goes up big crack, switches to the left and up seam. Goes right at the first bolt, then up thin seam to anchor.Larry and I put this up in three days. It took me nine tries till finally the redpoint. The route is fun, safe, and super engaging....[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sore Thumb and Exclamation Point in the back
BETA PHOTO: Sore Thumb and Exclamation Point in the back
Rock Climbing Photo: The 5.9 route on the Sore Thumb
The 5.9 route on the Sore Thumb

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