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Reef #1 is a small rock that holds 4 bolted routes on its west face. Each route gets progressively harder from left to right, ranging from 5.7 to hard 5.10. The routes are approximately 50 feet high, and end at a set of fixed anchors. Also, a toprope could be set by running up a gully on its north side.
Walk to the old road that is next to the signin for South Seas. Take a left and follow it a short ways, passing rocks on your right. When the road starts curving away to the left, take a right on a small trail which leads right to Reef #1. Look for a crack/gully feature with bolts leading above it - this is Old Number 8.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Reef 1:
Old Number 8 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Skin to Win 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
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Old Number 8 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Reef 1
Old Number 8 starts in the prominent crack just right of Way Cool Junior. The first bolt is high off the deck, but could be easily protected with trad gear though it isn't particularly hard here.The crux is the bolted climbing above, and is fun Rushmore face climbing. Hopefully bolts have not been added to the easily protectable bottom of this route as some other Rushmore routes have recently been degraded with....[more] Browse More Classics in SD