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Middle Marker

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Big Dripper T,S 
Broken Promises T 
Crystal Shard S 
Deja' Vu Prophecy S 
Don't Stahl S 
Help s On the Way S 
Jupiter Fly By S 
Little Dripper T,S 
Make Believe S 
Moonstone S 
Raisins in the Sun T,S 
Roadside Plum T 
Rum and Coke  S 
Saturn Boogie S 
Skywalker S 
Solo System S 
Spacedust S 
Star Dancer S 
Weird Water T,S 

Middle Marker Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.88242, -103.46227 View Map  Incorrect?
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This rock encompasses the majority of the Marker area, with the Inner Marker 'behind' it. There are a variety of fixed anchors across the fins and summits - check individual routes for details.

Getting There 

Follow the directions under the area. As you walk up the wide gully, the Middle Marker is the large, complex formation on the right.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Middle Marker

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Middle Marker:
Weird Water   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   
Make Believe   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   
Little Dripper   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   
Star Dancer   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Saturn Boogie   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   
Skywalker   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Roadside Plum   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 165'   
Crystal Shard   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Don't Stahl   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Moonstone   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   
Jupiter Fly By   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   
SLAMAT   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   
Rum and Coke    5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   
Deja' Vu Prophecy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 240'   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Middle Marker

Featured Route For Middle Marker
Rock Climbing Photo: Clinging to some sweet crystals on StarDancer.  (P...

Star Dancer 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Middle Marker
Follow the directions under the Marker area. Star Dancer is found about 2/3 the way up the drainage / gully, on the right (of course). There is a large (20-30') boulder lying against the rock, Star Dancer starts just to the right of this.As this is a popular route, you can scope the route by just looking at the polished / rubbed off holds all the way up the rock fin. The first bolt is a bit off the ground; one may clip it off the boulder if desired. After that, continue up the stee...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at Middle Marker S side
BETA PHOTO: Looking up at Middle Marker S side

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By Aaron Costello
From: Rapid City, SD
Jun 29, 2006
I found a nice knife near the base of Gilson Chimney. If you can discribe it, I'll return it. (
By Andy Busse
From: Rapid City, SD
Jun 3, 2010
Looking for route beta on a new line 50' uphill (NE) of Solo System, it is 5.8 35' with 3 bolts. I need the info for the book????
By Andy Busse
From: Rapid City, SD
Jun 18, 2010
Route beta on new addition to climbers' left of Moonstone???



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