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Bird's Nest 2 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Borneo 0 / 6 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Bull Rock 1 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Cavity 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Child's Molar 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Critical View 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Hornets Nest 3 / 11 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Java 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Pronghorn 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Reef 1 0 / 4 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Reef 2 3 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Reef 3 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Shark's Tail 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Sharks Fin 2 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Sharkstooth 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Shipyard Rock 4 / 10 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Toy Boat 0 / 5 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Toy Tug Boat 0 / 7 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7

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.
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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
Boxcars and Airplanes
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Second Hand Rose Arete
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Solitaire
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Shark's Breath
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Dirty Earnie
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Waves
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bolts for Bobs
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Shark Bait
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Critical View
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Lead Fillings
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
W.A.S.P. (center variation start)
Trad, Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
The Pollinator
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Pelican's Dike-ination
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Mr. Critical
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Beetle Juice
Sport
Boxcars and Airplanes Sharkstooth 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Second Hand Rose Arete Hornets Nest 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Solitaire Borneo 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Shark's Breath Sharks Fin 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Dirty Earnie Bull Rock 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Waves Shipyard Rock 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Bolts for Bobs Borneo 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Shark Bait Sharks Fin 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Critical View Critical View 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Lead Fillings Child's Molar 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
W.A.S.P. (center variation… Hornets Nest 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport
The Pollinator Hornets Nest 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Pelican's Dike-ination Borneo 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Mr. Critical Hornets Nest 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Beetle Juice Hornets Nest 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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Hello Everyone,
Beans and Biners is this Saturday August 31st at the South Seas area of Mt. Rushmore starting at 9:00 am. Come on up to hangout and enjoy the day. There will be food and climbing galore! Ron Yahne and Chris Hirsch are making a big batch of chili (prepare yourselves.....) and if you'd like to bring a side dish feel free to do so. Hope you can make it.
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Sincerely,

The BHCC Board Aug 26, 2013
Gary Schmidt
Boulder, CO
Gary Schmidt   Boulder, CO
A 9 not to be take lightly in my opinion. Best be very solid at the grade for this one. Jul 19, 2008
Aaron Costello
Rapid City, SD
Aaron Costello   Rapid City, SD
To ask a question first posed by Mr. Busse: Is there any information on the new routes in Squirrel Alley? There are some really fun routes there, and I appreciate whoever put in the effort to place them.Aaron Aug 20, 2004
I just wanted to let everyone know that I've returned from my summer travels and I'm back to updating the coalition's website. Go to bhclimbers.com to check it out. If you have any info you would like me to post email me at duaneandcherrie@hotmail.com. Put something about the Coalition web site in the subject line of the email so I don't delete your mail thinking it's spam.Duane Aug 4, 2004
I just wanted to let everyone know that I've started working on the Black Hills Climbers Coalition website. My big contribution thus far is a page that lists out all the routes that have been repaired to date and a page that lists routes that are slated to be repaired. From this page I have set up a form that you can fill out to let us know what routes you want repaired first and what routes you would like to see added to the list. All this can be accessed from the "route repair" link at the top of the page. Here is the web address bhclimbers.com/Check it out!Duane Martenson May 7, 2004
The bolts were replaced on "The Pelican's Dyke" and "Anaphylactic Shock" this summer. Enjoy! Your BHCC monies at work. Sep 9, 2003
Andy Busse
Rapid City, SD
Andy Busse   Rapid City, SD  
There seems to be a number of new climbs in South Seas (Squirrel Alley). Does anyone have any info related to these new routes? Thanks Busse Jul 14, 2003
I agree wholeheartedly with the above comment- your efforts do not go unnoticed. I for one am VERY appreciative for these safer bolts and anchors, and I think I speak for the majority when I say we all are- keep up the good work, if you would like any help, let me know! Feb 21, 2003
Arch,Don't let a few closed minded individuals sway you from what you have been doing. The work you, Ron and others have done is welcomed by 99.9% of the local climbing community.Bolt replacement and new routing are both gloriless and thankless tasks.Most climbers are not willing to invest in rebolting but will be quick to whine when they clip into a questionable bolt.Bolt replacement is each and every climbers responsibility... End of matter.No one individual should ever feel it to be his sole finacial responsibilty to rebolt any route.The Black Hills Climbers Coalition has plenty of extra funds but is not willing to donate to rebolting at this point.I have brought up the issue at several meetings only to have the issue sidelined.I disagree with the addition of new bolts on existing routes unless the first ascentionist agrees in an effort to keep harmony in our fractious community.Here is a challenge to each and every climber out there... Each and every time you start to talk smack about another climber set aside one dollar for bolt replacement.There is a a collection jar at Adventure Sports in Rapid City.If you are honest with yourself you will just go drop a twenty dollar bill in the jar right now.The time has come for the Black Hills Climbing Community to grow up, quite bickering and become a proactive community!Keep on crankin!"The Dakota Kid" Sep 23, 2002
Andrew Gram
Salt Lake City, UT
Andrew Gram   Salt Lake City, UT  
Any details on what has been chopped? Sep 17, 2002

 
Bob - Please don't let the actions of (a few) others alter the good work you are doing to keep all climbers safe. Most of us appreciate running into a brand new bolt (where a 1/4" one once 'stood')!

If you would like assistance in your rebolting project (and I really hope you decide to continue) please contact the American Safe Climbing association.See if they can assist you with funding, etc.

Angela ~~

"Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory." - Gandhi



"If you have a rebolting project that needs help, or if you have any comments or Suggestions for the ASCA please contact us at:

American Safe Climbing AssociationPO Box 1814, Bishop, CA 93515(650) 843 1473Website: safeclimbing.org/E-mail: greg@safeclimbing.org "

Sep 17, 2002
BEWARE, BEWARE, BEWARE!!!!!!! Some one is chopping routes of their bolts in the Rushmore Area. Ron Yahne and I have been diligently replacing bad bolts and anchors for the last three years in the Rushmore area to make the area SAFE. We are now discontinuing our bolt replacement and Anchor replacement program. We WILL NOT replace or repair any bolts or anchors. Apparently someone doesn't like the bolts there. But beware, THERE ARE ALOT OF BAD BOLTS AND ANCHORS in the Rushmore area that still needs to be replaced. Someone else can do them or the person that has recently chopped some routes can go back and replace the ones he removed. Climb at your own risk and don't DIE cause of someone else removing routes.RUSHMORE IS BECOMING A DANGEROUS PLACE TO CLIMB!!!!!!!!! Sep 16, 2002

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