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West Face Rock Climbing 


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Description 

As the name implies this wall faces west/southwest. The wall wall grow to a height of 100+' very quickly as one descends the trail from after leaving the old two track road. There are a handfull of climbs on the first section of cliff you will encounter. The rock tends to be steeper slabs and the exfoliated nature of Raspberry Rocks can be quite pronouced in this area. There is potential for more new routing on this section of the formation.

Getting There 

This is the first section of cliff you will encounter on your right side as you descend the single track trail from the old two track road. Wander thru the the talus to base of climbs.

Climbing Season

For the The Needles Of Rushmore area.

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Rock Climbing Photo: Shauna working out the technical crux

Raspberry Corn Flakes 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : West Face
This route follows the left side of a large well attached flake below a roof. The route ascends a rightward diagonaling corner into a flared hand crack. It may seem strange for a hand crack to be bolted. After the first couple of jams a nice layback edge appears in the right side of the crack. This forms a very large flake that is only about one foot thick. Placing gear in this crack would not be a good idea if one had to test it...Hence the bolts. Make sure to climb it before you condemn it....[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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