South Seas Rock Climbing
|GPS:||43.886, -103.467 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||Andrew Gram on Jun 24, 2002|
|Admins:||Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty|
DescriptionSouth Seas is an excellent place to begin sampling Rushmore. There is an abundance of excellent sport routes from 5.6 to 5.13 here, and a smattering of trad routes as well. Most routes end on top of spires requiring raps to get down, which means there aren't very many routes to toprope. No approaches take longer than 30 minutes.
Must do routes include Waves, Solitaire, Lead Fillings, Mr Critical, and Ladies in Love.
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Getting ThereSouth Seas is just a few miles from the faces on Mt Rushmore. From Rapid City, take Rushmore Road(US 16) up into the hills. Exit at SD244, drive through Keystone, and drive up past the faces. The parking lot is the large pullout at the Mt Rushmore National Monument sign as you are leaving the monument heading west on 244. Descend the trail on the north side of the road, and the spires come into view in about 20 seconds.
Classic Climbing Routes at South Seas
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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