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Monster Rock Climbing 


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Administrators: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Housiaux, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Peter Gram on Aug 12, 2002
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Description 

Monster is the large rock mass in between Middle Marker and the South Seas area. There are various routes leading to the top. Climbing ranges anywhere from scrambling up until near the top and then climbing a short 5.6 face, or to doing a 4 pitch 5.11+ from the face nearest to the road (Valhalla).

Getting There 

Park at the trailhead for the Markers. From the sign-in location, the downhill side climbs are a short distance to the west. Walk on the trail that forks left from the register to the big rock. For the uphill side climbs, follow the trail uphill that heads north and splits the Monster area with the Marker area. Once around the rocks of the Monster area, take a left and scramble up slabs and work your way back in the direction of the car to the base of the climbs.

Climbing Season

For the Monster area.

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',4],['5.12',5],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Monster

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Monster:
Dark Tower   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 80'   
Alligators All Around   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 160'   
Creature Comforts   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 80'   
Hill City Shootout: Bullets Not Blanks   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 120'   
Side Arm   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
The Nightman Cometh   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 200'   
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Featured Route For Monster
Rock Climbing Photo: The start of the Dark Tower route.

Dark Tower 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Monster
Scramble up to the northwest edge of the formation to get to the start of the route. Climb up and right on large holds to the first bolt. From here, traverse right and up past two more bolts to gain the flake. The moves past the third bolt to the flake are a little thin.Climb the flake until you reach a stance on the right hand side of the blade, where you can clip the next bolt. Climbing past this, and the next bolt are the crux of the climb. It's think it's the hardest 5.8 I've done! Both...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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