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This spire faces SW, so it gets sun most of the day. There is a schist band running horizontally about 20 feet up, as well as a schist cap on top. Rock quality is good, with a variety of climbing on schist, quartz knobs and crystals, and granite flakes.
The shortest approach in Rushmore! This spire lies directly between the Inner Marker and Hwy 244. The base of this spire is 100' south of the Monster parking area, and less than a minute from the road!
3 Total Routes
Featured Route For Schist Head
Schist Happens 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Schist Head
After cracking the opening moves up the right side of the shallow dihedral, work up to and through the schist to the crystaline face above. Work up to the flake, and then the steep face (crux) above. Easy climbing leads to an interesting schist spike, and then flakes to the top. Note: Although the block perched to the left of the spike is quite stable, avoid using it. You can easily avoid it....[more] Browse More Classics in SD