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The Chessmen Rock Climbing 

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

Getting There 

Approach from Horsethief Lake.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 1.8 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Chessmen

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Chessmen:
Stiff Richard   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 75'   Limp Richard
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Featured Route For The Chessmen
Rock Climbing Photo: Sam between first and second bolt, as viewed from ...

Happiness is Whiskey 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  SD : Horsethief Lake Area : ... : Happiness is Water
This route climbs a beautiful feldspar line on the south face. The first 15 feet climbs up some blocks under a very small roof. You then step right off a ledge onto the face and begin a section of about 100 feet of climbing where the difficulty never drops below 5.7 and never above 5.8. Very beautiful and continuous steep line with awesome positive holds almost the whole route.After a short minor crux near the fourth bolt, climb left of a crack which takes a couple pieces of small gear, throu...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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