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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Way Cool Junior 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Reef 1
Way Cool Junior is the route furthest left on this formation. It is probably only 5.6 or maybe even 5.5 - but makes an excellent first lead(it was mine).Climb up the leftmost line of bolts. You could conceivably hit the ground before clipping bolt 2, but as a first lead this was very comfortable so I wouldn't worry about it. Decent easy route, but there are better at Rushmore....[more] Browse More Classics in SD
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