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Shipyard Rock

S Dakota > Needles Of Rush… > Mt Rushmore Nat… > S Seas
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Description

Shipyard is a large mass of rock with some of the only two pitch routes at the Rushmore areas. A very popular route, Waves, runs up the north face of it. This rock is often crowded. Many safe, easy to moderate variations of Waves exist, and also some hard, fun routes like Nutra-sweet are also on this rock. A definite must stop at rock while in the South Seas.

Getting There

From the South Seas parking area, follow the trail to the South Seas sign-in post. From here, two large masses of rock are straight ahead. The one on the left is Hornet's Nest, and on the right is Shipyard Rock. Most routes start on the opposite face as the entrance here, so follow trails around to the other face to do Waves and its variations, etc.

Routes from Left to Right

5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 4
Shipyard rock
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 9
Not So Sweet
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 17
Nutra-Sweet
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 54
All Tuckered Out
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 12
Tuck and Roll
Sport, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 4
Shipyard Rock Variation
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 12
Jellyfish and Condoms
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 33
Humpbacks in Love
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 5
Waves (Variation)
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 201
Waves
Sport 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 32
Spilling Waves
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 57
Surging Wave
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 37
Tsunami
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Shipyard rock
 4
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Not So Sweet
 9
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Nutra-Sweet
 17
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
All Tuckered Out
 54
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Tuck and Roll
 12
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport, TR
Shipyard Rock Variation
 4
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Jellyfish and Condoms
 12
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Humpbacks in Love
 33
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Waves (Variation)
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Sport
Waves
 201
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Spilling Waves
 32
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Surging Wave
 57
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Tsunami
 37
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport

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Is this Waves?  Thursday June 13th, 2013
[Hide Photo] Is this Waves? Thursday June 13th, 2013

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[Hide Comment] The anchor has been fixed by Ron Yahne and Bob Arch. 8/29/2002 Aug 29, 2002
Monomaniac
Morrison, CO
[Hide Comment] Its possible to get off Shipyard from the Waves/Humbacks anchor in one rap with a single 70m cord, with a little easy downclimbing. Aim for the pot-hole-d gully East of Humbacks in Love. Its an easy (5.2?) scramble down this gully to the ground. Sep 2, 2008
[Hide Comment] After climbing spilling waves, I was lowered via anchors a fair bit left of the gully. What is the bolted climb in-line with this descent? I ran up it to clean gear after my partner seconded spilling waves, and it was quite fun (of the two climbs I saw on the face, it was on the left, going just left of a small plant at the start). Aug 28, 2017
Mark Orsag
Omaha, NE
[Hide Comment] Sounds maybe like P1 of Original Waves 5.8 R. Sep 3, 2017