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The Buttonhole Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Chris treggE on Oct 3, 2011
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Jay in the BH. Oct 2011. Great lead!


The Buttonhole is a smaller, shorter spire just northeast of the Wicked Picket. It is sort of behind (away from the Spires) and between Wicked Picket and Granddaddy/Grandma/El Mokana.

Getting There 

We tried many ways to find it (the Buttonhole climb). Most ended in blind gulleys, sheer walls, and frustration.

Probably the easiest and most reliable way to get there is to approach as if you were going to climb the Sickle, and keep going around the backside of the Picket Fence. Follow a path of sorts in an easterly direction, along the backside of the Picket Fence. Go past the Wicked Picket and then after the next formation (the Buttonhole) angle up and right. You will see the crystal imbedded water chute that leads up and right to the belay for the 5.3 Buttonhole Route.

Climbing Season

For the Custer State Park area.

Weather station 4.9 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in The Buttonhole

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Buttonhole:
The Buttonhole   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron chillaxin in the BH.  Oct 2011.

The Buttonhole 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a  South Dakota : Custer State Park : ... : The Buttonhole
Climb towards the obvious 'buttonhole', a thin slit in the rock formation near the top of the spire. The actual summit is over to the left, or climb through the buttonhole and go to the top of that portion. Summit register is missing. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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