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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.

28 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Monster:
Little Gremlins   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Shakers
Gossamer   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Picture Window
Dark Tower   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 80'   Monster
Pointy Little Devil   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport   Shakers
Kodah   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 95'   Axe Edge
Skid Marks   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Shakers
Alligators All Around   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 160'   Monster
Creature Comforts   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 80'   Monster
Side Arm   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Monster
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Featured Route For Monster
Dave Rone looking for one of the nice rest stances.  Photo:  Burt Lindquist

Creature Comforts 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c  SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Monster
A fun route with a variety of movement that includes typical crystal pulling, some steep bulges, and nice 5.10 friction climbing. The route is fairly sustained, but has many nice rests and clipping stances. I've seen 4 people on it and they all did it differently! ...[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 <br />
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!!!!!