The North arete is the obvious fin on the right si...
This peak has at least 2 possible routes on it, but I don't know any history of them. The Rook lies just uphill of the billboard/kiosk of the entry to the Cathedral Spires trail, looming perhaps 70 feet overhead. The routes on it got afternoon shade.
Belay from a cord over the large rounded summit and descend via a simul-rap.
Walk 10 or 20 meters in on the Cathedral Spires Trail and look uphill to your left. There it is.
Climbing Season For the Tenpins/Switchbacks area.
Weather station 5.5 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For The Rook
North Arete (unknown proper name) 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
R South Dakota
: Custer State Park
: ... : The Rook
While the bottom half of this climb is non-descript and uninteresting, the top is very cool. In the transition between, I was eating raspberries growing from a plant on the wall to the right... reaching for them added a crux.Climb up the very north end of the East Face and pass a bulge with what appears to be an undercling (but is actually rotten rock) and up better stone near the arete. Continue to the arete and to the inside, between the spire and the wall behind it on good square holds. Reach...[more] Browse More Classics in South Dakota