Elevation: 5,196 ft
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, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty
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Description

South 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.

Getting There

South 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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at South Seas

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 75
Boxcars and Airplanes
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 184
Second Hand Rose Arete
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 123
Solitaire
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 140
Shark's Breath
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 86
Dirty Earnie
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 62
Surging Wave
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 222
Waves
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 127
Bolts for Bobs
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 74
Shark Bait
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 60
Lead Fillings
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 45
W.A.S.P. (center variation start)
Trad, Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 55
All Tuckered Out
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 55
The Pollinator
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 78
Pelican's Dike-ination
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 64
Mr. Critical
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Boxcars and Airplanes Sharkstooth
 75
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Second Hand Rose Arete Hornets Nest
 184
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Solitaire Borneo
 123
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Shark's Breath Sharks Fin
 140
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Dirty Earnie Bull Rock
 86
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Surging Wave Shipyard Rock
 62
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Waves Shipyard Rock
 222
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Bolts for Bobs Borneo
 127
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Shark Bait Sharks Fin
 74
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Lead Fillings Child's Molar
 60
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
W.A.S.P. (center variation… Hornets Nest
 45
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport
All Tuckered Out Shipyard Rock
 55
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
The Pollinator Hornets Nest
 55
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Pelican's Dike-ination Borneo
 78
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Mr. Critical Hornets Nest
 64
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
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