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Another easy to access Rushmore area with fun climbs of a variety of difficulties. I would guess the most popular route in the area is the beautiful 'Gossamer'. If you're into hard 11s, 'Valhalla' might be of interest.

Getting There 

The Monster area is another one that is easy to find and easy to get lost in. See directions under the 'Marker' area. From the sign in board, the gully goes forward, with the Marker on the right, Monster is on the left.

To access most of the routes you'll head left on the trail from the sign in board, others are accessed by going straight into the Marker / Monster gully.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

32 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Monster:
Gossamer   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Picture Window
Little Gremlins   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Shakers
Going Down to Harlem with a Turd in My Shorts   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   Shakers
Dark Tower   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 80'   Monster
Pointy Little Devil   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   Shakers
Kodah   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 95'   Axe Edge
Too Easy for Hard Men   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Abominable Snowman
Belmont Brie   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Abominable Snowman
Corruption is Contagious   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 90'   Abominable Snowman
Skid Marks   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Shakers
Alligators All Around   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 160'   Monster
Creature Comforts   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 80'   Monster
Hill City Shootout: Bullets Not Blanks   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 120'   Monster
Side Arm   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Monster
The Nightman Cometh   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 200'   Monster
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Hill City Shootout: Bullets Not Blanks 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Monster
High quality, fun climbing, with a nice variety of movement!Climb past 2 bolts to the left-rising trough, where you can place a #3 Camalot. Continue up the trough until it peters out, where you can place a solid #5 stopper. Face climb up to the horizontal crack, then gear the crack as you move left, until you can clip a bolt that protects the step across onto the big face above.Traverse left another 10' where you can clip the bolt at the base of the crux. A few moves of steep, thi...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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Molly Jane on Gossamer
Molly Jane on Gossamer
Junk on Gossamer
Junk on Gossamer
View of Monster area from South Seas.
BETA PHOTO: View of Monster area from South Seas.
Eric on Gossamer
Eric on Gossamer
Caleb on-sightingn -- Gossamer
Caleb on-sightingn -- Gossamer

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By Dan Dewell
Sep 9, 2002
To anyone who is interested...

There are some sketchy bolts that could use replacing on Mooshie Monster Farts in the Monster Area. I know Bob and Ron are always doing these types of things, and with the tools to do so expediently, perhaps this is a route you could fix? Just a suggestion. It's just such a terrific route, I would hate to have something like an accident or a broken anchor stop somebody from trying it.

By Anonymous Coward
Sep 12, 2002
You know about the sketchy bolt anchors, why don't you go and fix them. Why should everyone expect a couple few to fix everything for the rest of us. Who knows when they will find out about the bolts or they may even have routes that are of a higher priority to fix.
By Dan Dewell
Oct 6, 2002
When I suggested 'someone' fix the anchors/bolts on Mooshie Monster Farts I did so because I do not have the tools to fix them myself. Plus, Bob, Ron, and whoever else is doing the retro-bolting do a wonderful job. If I had the equipment I would do it, but I don't. So...if someone would like to look at said route, a few of us believe it deserves some attention. Thanks!!!!!
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