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Lead Fillings

5.9, Sport, 100 ft (30 m),  Avg: 3.4 from 66 votes
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S Dakota > Needles Of Rush… > Mt Rushmore Nat… > S Seas > Child's Molar
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Lead Fillings is one of my favorite routes at Rushmore. To reach the route, scramble up slabs at the base of Child's Molar towards the obvious large chimney. Then descend slightly left to a small stance with a bolted line above it.

Follow the bolts (several, well protected) curving up the left side of the formation to a fixed anchor. Lower off.


9 bolts, well protected

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Kirtis Courkamp
[Hide Comment] Is this route pronounced lead like the metal.Or is it lead like I lead this climb and it was supper fun. Sep 20, 2012
[Hide Comment] In that context they are pronounced the same. Lead like the metal and who wants to take the LEAD are different Aug 11, 2013
[Hide Comment] There are two bolt lines at this belay spot. the one on the left is fillings. only 5-6 feet to the right is nitrous. choose carefully. :-) Sep 2, 2014
Nathan D Johnson
[Hide Comment] Seemed harder than 5.9 to me. I'd say 10a-ish. Someone noted that they broke off a hold at the crux on Aug 1, 2015.

This is one of my favorite climbs in Rushmore. If you're here, do it. Sep 4, 2015
Ryan Emery
Black Hills, SD
[Hide Comment] In my honest opinion, this route is not very good and certainly does not receive 4 or even 3.5 stars. Throughout the entire route you see a lot of old scars, and just about all the holds (especially the ones you commit the most to) look like they are going to rip off. There are a lot better 5.9s to do in the area than this one. Sep 1, 2017
Bobby Hebel
New London, WI
[Hide Comment] I enjoyed this route. 9 bolts, but you really only need 8 draws (unless you want to do a rad double-clip). A new set of anchors have been added around the corner from the old ones, making it possible to get lowered and clean your draws. Jun 29, 2020