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Granite formation to the North of Hornet's Nest on the Honeycomb Wall side. Contains two routes on the Western side. They are shorter routes (Dykes Next Door (5.11a) and Critical View (5.8)), and both a lot of fun. Try'em!

Getting There 

From South Seas sign-in, walk left up trail for a little over fifty meters (150 feet). Critical View is on the right. To the left of Mr. Critical, Lonesome Cowboy, and Second Hand Rose. To the right of Ladies in Love and Boylesque.

Climbing Season

For the South Seas area.

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Critical View

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Critical View:
Critical View   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Dykes Next Door   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: dana pulling the move to get off the nob

Critical View 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Critical View
This is a frustrating 5.8, and that is because the first 8 feet are balancy 5.10! An excellent route to sandbag beginner climbers on, which I found out on my first day of climbing as I never really got off the ground.This is the bolt line closest to Hornets Nest on Critical View. Stand up on a large blocky foothold, which is much harder and more delicate than it looks. A few more thin moves get you to the second bolt, and then cruiser 5.8 to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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By Wilson On The Drums
From: Woodbury, MN
Nov 29, 2012
Went to redpoint Dykes last week but couldn't due to the bulldozer in the way. Went back today, and to my surprise... they (idk who, whoever had the funding and is making paths to make the area accessible), have built a huge platform underneath Dykes and Critical View (got the redpoint btw, first 11). The first bolt on Critical View is now literally chest height... no more fun moves on that climb. It didn't really change the crux moves on Dykes, but a ground fall has more potential, although it should be harmless if one would fall clipping either bolts 1 or 2. Kudos for making the whole area accessible, but this really took away from the safety of Dykes and the hard moves on Critical. FYI...

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