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The Chessmen

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The Chessmen  


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Description 

Traditional climbing area - a group of rocks south of Horsethief Lake in the Black Elk Wilderness.

Getting There 

Approach from Horsethief Lake.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.8 miles from here

13 Total Routes

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


Featured Route For The Chessmen
Death Flake Arete

Death Flake Arete 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  SD : Horsethief Lake Area : ... : Mern
Climb the arete on the east side of the spire. Generally, the rock is of beautiful quality with almost nothing likely to break except for a couple dubious flakes. One was removed and the other has become known as the Death Flake. Watch out for it on the left hand side of the route about a third of the way up! It is possible to climb around it on the right then step back left to good holds just above the Death Flake as was done on the first ascent....[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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