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Tusk Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Tusk is the formation to the left (northeast) of S...


Almost always in the shade although the west face does get late afternoon sun.

Getting There 

Take the 4/5 gully to the top. It is the formation between Spire 4 and the Eyetooth.

Climbing Season

For the Cathedral Spires area.

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Tusk

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tusk:
Tagua   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
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Featured Route For Tusk
Rock Climbing Photo: Luke Ross nearing the top of Tagua on a perfect Ju...

Tagua 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  South Dakota : Custer State Park : ... : Tusk
One of the best 5.10s in the Park, a true overlooked classic. The crux comes early passing a bolt, though it is sustained throughout following a steep finger/hand crack. Many locals "favorite 5.10" in the Spires. On an ecological note Tagua is imitation ivory made from the seeds of the Tagua Palm tree found in the Pacific coasts of the tropical regions between Colombia and Ecuador....[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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By Cheyenne Chaffee
From: North Conway, NH
Jun 25, 2014
Anyone know what route goes up to the left of tagua? Starts where you would start to enter the notch to get to tagua. Good bolt about 40 or 50 feet up then moves into the large steep flake/crack that jogs left. Bad bolt and tiny gear protect the thin exciting finish????
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown to me route.
Unknown to me route.

Thought it was tagua but I would guess a lot harder then 5.10b

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