Like all the other summits behind the lake, this is a large fin formation with a NW face and SE face. Originally called Hot Potato by the Conns when they climbed it on Aug 22nd, 1955. Holds several lesser known classics, put in more recently.
Can be approached by either the saddle below the Riddle, or by hiking past the Orc Cave. Most distinguishable landmarks is the beautiful grassy narrow corridor on the N side. And this is the highest point of all the ridgelines that make up Middle Earth.
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Fool of a Took 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Thrain 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'
Thror 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 135'
Ghostwriter 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport
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Ghostwriter 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c SD : Custer State Park : ... : Near Downs
Well protected cruxes down low then increasing runouts. Quite technical with hard to find holds. Possible to share the last bolt of the route to the right. This line was first envisioned by Shaffer, who put in the first two bolts....[more] Browse More Classics in SD