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This rock and Shipyard Rock are the two large formations in the South Seas area. Hornets' Nest has many fine routes on it, many of which are very difficult. The average rating is probably around 5.11, but routes vary from 5.4 to 5.13 on its various faces. Mr. Critical, Second Hand Rose, and WASP are all very fun routes. Hornets' Nest is made up mostly of routes requiring only quickdraws, but a few routes require gear as well. To descend, pick one of many fixed anchor rappels, and bring two ropes.
Walk into the South Seas sign-in area. There are two large formations straight ahead. Shipyard Rock is the one on the right, and Hornets' Nest is on the left. Many routes start on this face, but for others, follow the trail around its base.
10 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hornets Nest:
Second Hand Rose Arete 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 155'
W.A.S.P. (center variation start) 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 165'
The Pollinator 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Anaphylactic Shock 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 105'
Mr. Critical 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 140'
Beetle Juice 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Swarm 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Lonesome Cowboy 5.12+ 7c 28 IX E6 6b Trad, Sport, TR, 100'
Butterfly 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Mothra 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 80'
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The Pollinator 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Hornets Nest
This route is a six bolt variation and direct start to the first pitch of W.A.S.P. There is a stemming/lieback crux in the shallow dihedral followed by an easier crux on the steep face just below joining the original route W.A.S.P. at the large ledge.Start climbing up a short slab just right of the original start to W.A.S.P. Move right on the ledge then start clipping bolts while climbing up a left facing dihedral. At the top of the dihedral move right onto juggy wind sculpted face climbing on b...[more] Browse More Classics in SD