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Monster Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Peter Gram on Aug 12, 2002
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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

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',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'   
Hill City Shootout: Bullets Not Blanks   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 120'   
Creature Comforts   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 80'   
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: Dave Rone looking for one of the nice rest stances...

Creature Comforts 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 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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