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Dire Spire is the impressive spire that looks like an evil pitchfork just past Mt Rushmore. There are a few sport routes on it, but the only way to tag the summit is an old-fashioned Needles runout pitch. This is my favorite summit at Rushmore.
Park in a pullout below the spire, and bushwhack up to the base. This is one of the worst approaches at Rushmore, though it still doesn't take more than 20 minutes or so. Be careful not to stray into the signed off limits area - doing so will get you a huge fine and will probably get the area closed.
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Conn Route 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad, 2 pitches, 180'
Impeachable Offense 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
The Engagement 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
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Snakebite Evangelist 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Dire Spire
Beautiful line on the steep, vibrant side of Dire Spire. Lots of liebacking up the left facing, left leaning "crack". Crux is in the first quarter followed by a decent rest at halfway. Then pumpy 5.11 liebacking to an exciting redpoint crux right before the anchors. This is a stout 13a, in my opinion, and one of the best with awesome exposure. And the large belay ledge makes for a great hang....[more] Browse More Classics in SD
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