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Another easy to access Rushmore area with fun climbs of a variety of difficulties. I would guess the most popular route in the area is the beautiful 'Gossamer'. If you're into hard 11s, 'Valhalla' might be of interest.

Getting There 

The Monster area is another one that is easy to find and easy to get lost in. See directions under the 'Marker' area. From the sign in board, the gully goes forward, with the Marker on the right, Monster is on the left.

To access most of the routes you'll head left on the trail from the sign in board, others are accessed by going straight into the Marker / Monster gully.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

36 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',25],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Monster

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Monster:
Salt and Pepper Shaker   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad   Shakers
Butter Knife   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad   Shakers
Gossamer   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Picture Window
Pointy Little Devil   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 115'   Shakers
Dark Tower   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 80'   Monster
Kodah   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 95'   Axe Edge
Too Easy for Hard Men   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Abominable Snowman
Belmont Brie   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Abominable Snowman
Corruption is Contagious   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 90'   Abominable Snowman
Skid Marks   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Shakers
Alligators All Around   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 160'   Monster
Creature Comforts   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 80'   Monster
Hill City Shootout: Bullets Not Blanks   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 120'   Monster
Side Arm   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Monster
The Nightman Cometh   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 200'   Monster
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Featured Route For Monster
Rock Climbing Photo: As you leave the trail by the road to approach Tea...

Side Arm 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Monster
Side Arm is across and slightly up the gully from Teachers Pet. It ascends the arete to the left of Crystal Ship. From the base, scramble up the easy gully 20', then move left along a small ledge (continue about 15' past the first bolt on Crystal Ship) to clip the first bolt. Straight up from there . . . enjoy! Note: Clipping the 7th bolt can be strenuous, make it quick!...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

Photos of Monster Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Molly Jane on Gossamer
Molly Jane on Gossamer
Rock Climbing Photo: Monster area sunset from Summit of marker
Monster area sunset from Summit of marker
Rock Climbing Photo: Junk on Gossamer
Junk on Gossamer
Rock Climbing Photo: Eric on Gossamer
Eric on Gossamer
Rock Climbing Photo: Caleb on-sightingn -- Gossamer
Caleb on-sightingn -- Gossamer
Rock Climbing Photo: View of Monster area from South Seas.
BETA PHOTO: View of Monster area from South Seas.

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By Dan Dewell
Sep 9, 2002
To anyone who is interested...

There are some sketchy bolts that could use replacing on Mooshie Monster Farts in the Monster Area. I know Bob and Ron are always doing these types of things, and with the tools to do so expediently, perhaps this is a route you could fix? Just a suggestion. It's just such a terrific route, I would hate to have something like an accident or a broken anchor stop somebody from trying it.

By Anonymous Coward
Sep 12, 2002
You know about the sketchy bolt anchors, why don't you go and fix them. Why should everyone expect a couple few to fix everything for the rest of us. Who knows when they will find out about the bolts or they may even have routes that are of a higher priority to fix.
By Dan Dewell
Oct 6, 2002
When I suggested 'someone' fix the anchors/bolts on Mooshie Monster Farts I did so because I do not have the tools to fix them myself. Plus, Bob, Ron, and whoever else is doing the retro-bolting do a wonderful job. If I had the equipment I would do it, but I don't. So...if someone would like to look at said route, a few of us believe it deserves some attention. Thanks!!!!!

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