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This is the namesake rock for this area. This rock is steep on all sides, and provides many hard routes from 5.9 to 5.13. The most popular routes on this rock are Baba Cool (5.9+) and Meat is Murder (5.11).
Follow the trail up the hill from the parking lot. Wrinkled Rock is on the right, and Chopping Block is on the left. First encounter a steep bolted line called Tender Vittles, but continue uphill for the rest of the routes. Go around the corner to the left when possible and look for two faces with a large dihedral in between. This is where the bulk of the climbing is.
8 Total Routes
Browse More Classics in Chopping Block
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chopping Block:
The Great Chimney 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c R Trad, 1 pitch
Valdez Overhang 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, TR, 40'
Baba Cool 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Meat is Murder 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Twelve White Sticks 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 90'
Featured Route For Chopping Block
Baba Cool 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Chopping Block
Located on the Chopping Block. Hike up from the small parking area just as your leaving the Rushmore memorial. Follow obvious trail. Wrinkled Rock is on your right and the Chopping block is on your left. as the trail curves around the Chopping Block, scramble up to base of the routes. Baba Cool is the left most route on the face.Paul Piana describes it as " A perfect Route. All time classic. Climb this one! " He is right. I'd say it is a very solid 10A....[more] Browse More Classics in SD