There are three main rock formations just north of Wrinkled Rock (the prominent steep rock next to the parking areas). Stinger is the center of the three. Although this rock is in the Rushmore area, which must be the most popular climbing area in state, it probably only sees a few ascents a year, if that. There is a very strange route on its west side.
Take the trail that runs between Wrinkled Rock and Chopping Block to the uphill side. Then head right (north) and start counting rock formations. Walk past Wrinkled Rock, and then Razorback (a very thin formation). The next rock is Stinger. Look for for a piton in a horizontal on the west (uphill side).
Make sure to bring some friends to laugh at you while you climb this. Only one move required. Look for a fixed piton and scramble up to it, clip it, maybe back it up with another piece of gear. Now struggle and do the ultimate belly flop (this route is not really called that, it is unnamed). Then do easy moves to the top. Preferably, bring some really short people to follow you up it. Getting off this is the crux. A massive simul rappel is required over this broad summit. I ended up hugg...[more]Browse More Classics in SD