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Reunion Rock is another one of the formations in the Needles that is paved all the way to the base of the rock. Although not incredibly aesthetic by Needles standards, this rock does have one of the easier Needles test pieces. That is, Trojan Determination, an extremely run out 5.8 on the left side of the face. Also, a well protected climb runs up the right side of the rock.
From Sylvan Lake, drive towards the Cathedral Spires parking area. Pass the Needle's Eye, and continue through the tunnel. Park at a pulloff next to a very tight turn to the right. Some landmarks to identify this parking area are a great view of the Cathedral Spires, and Totem Pole (large yellow rock formation next to guard rail). Reunion Rock is the steep wall on the north side of the parking spots.
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Loss of Sensation 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a SD : Custer State Park : ... : Reunion Rock
Follow a bolted route on the right side of Reunion Rock. The belayer will most likely be standing on pavement. This is a very well protected route, one of the few of its kind in the park. When I did it, one of the first few hangers was severely bent. One rope should do the trick for the descent.This route is given 5.10 in the guidebooks, but feels more like 5.9. Some people even think that it is easier than Trojan Determination (the old 5.8 route just to the left)....[more] Browse More Classics in SD