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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!
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Featured Route For Schist Head
Schist for Brains 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Schist Head
Climb the big flake up to and through the schist (the intent of the route is to not stem to the left). Work right onto the nose of the ridge, then follow the bolts to the top. After the 9th bolt, you will come to a block perched on the top of the ridge. It is quite stable but avoid using it. You can easily get by it without using it. Climb up to the left, and over the notch to the anchors....[more] Browse More Classics in SD