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Terminator Amphitheatre Rock Climbing 

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This area houses a freestanding pillar climb that looks like a miniature version of the Fang in Vail. There is also potential for hard mixed climbs, which people may or may not have already climbed.

Getting There 

The amphiteatre sits high on the east side of the canyon. To view it, head south into Spearfish Canyon. Very near the National Forest sign, look high on the left side of the canyon for a side canyon. The pillar is visible from the road. Bushwhack up the steep drainage into the side canyon - the approach takes about a half hour.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Terminator Amphitheatre

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Terminator Amphitheatre:
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Terminator Pillar WI4  South Dakota : Spearfish Canyon : Terminator Amphitheatre
Climb the pillar! Good steep ice - if it was longer this would be one of the best ice routes in the USA, but great even so. The vertical section is usually only about 40 feet long as the first 10 feet is typically an easy pedestal....[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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By john walker
Jun 29, 2004
There is a new bolted line on the left side of the cave, 6 bolts and an anchor. This is a decent warm up for the area. You can climb this route in rock shoes or with axes and crampons if you like. I put this route in yesterday and it has not been climbed yet. the route is open for climbing, have fun.

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