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Submitted By: Peter Gram on Jul 20, 2002
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Sandberg Peak is one of the cooler looking spires in the Needles. It is extremely thin and rickety, especially higher up. Until just recently, this spire had but two routes, both 5.8 and lacking much protection. Now, a bolted route climbs the downhill side. If you climb this spire, be ready to answer a lot of questions because it is right next to the road.

Getting There 

Drive to the Cathderal Spires parking lot. Sandberg Peak is the obvious thin spire just uphill of the lot.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

2 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sandberg Peak:
Regular Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
On Little Cat Feet   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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On Little Cat Feet 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  SD : Custer State Park : ... : Sandberg Peak
Start on the southeast end of the spire (downhill, near the road). An unnecessary first bolt protects a direct start, or one can traverse in from 5 feet up on the left. Climb up the flake system with possible gear placements. Then follow 3 bolts through steep face to the top. New fixed anchors for a one-rope rappel....[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

Photos of Sandberg Peak Slideshow Add Photo
Another successful summit
Another successful summit
Jim posing
Jim posing
Jim contemplating summit
Jim contemplating summit
Smallest Pillar to the right
Smallest Pillar to the right
Tony Bubb rapping from the top of Sandberg Peak
Tony Bubb rapping from the top of Sandberg Peak
Looking down
Looking down
South Minneapolis Alpine Club representatives (Jim...
South Minneapolis Alpine Club representatives (Jim...
John Lang leading Sandberg Peak. Photo by Ryan Eme...
John Lang leading Sandberg Peak. Photo by Ryan Eme...

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By Anonymous Coward
Oct 11, 2003

Well, the whole thing didn't fall over, it looks like it broke off at the horizontal crack about 20/25 feet below the top. The top is now resting upside down next to the road below the base of the peak. It looks almost intact except for a few smaller pieces that must have broken off when it fell. BUMMER!!
By Bob Archbold
Oct 16, 2003
I was up in the Needles today (13/16/03) and Sandberg Peak is still intact.
By Josh Hamling
Dec 9, 2003
I'm pretty sure I have felt the block that the anchors are in move when I've rapped off. Scary.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jul 30, 2006
There sure seemed to be a rock there in 2006, and it matched the photo.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 7, 2007
Peak? What a misnomer, this should be Sandberg Pinnacle or Sandberg Spire or Sandberg Pin. Who was Sandberg?
By Ron Bull
Jul 31, 2015
We had tourists convinced we needed money to get the helicopter to get off the top. :)
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