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Decline of Outdoor Safety, The T 

Split Dome Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.88154, -103.50394 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Housiaux, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Tater Tot on Jun 7, 2016
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Split Dome is a beautiful dome in the back corner of the Chessmen. It is isolated and one of the nicer pieces of rock out there. Really pretty.

Getting There 

One to two hour approach from Horsethief. Once you reach the Patio Area as named in Busse & Burr's guide, look west and you will see the only obvious giant formation that sits atop an enormous granite platform. A deep gully separates it from Happiness is Water, so you must approach through some narrow granite gullies from the south.

Climbing Season

For the The Needles Of Rushmore area.

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sam at base of route.

The Decline of Outdoor Safety 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Split Dome
We were first attracted to this line by it's beauty. When you look at it from Happiness is Water, the view of it is stunning. The route climbs the South Arete, about 15 feet right of a broken up dihedral. If you look in Busse & Burr's guide for Split Dome, they guessed our route to be the Horning route and it is labeled so in their book. The Horning route is nearby but this is not it....[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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