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.
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.
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
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The Nightman Cometh 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b South Dakota
: The Needles Of Rushmore
: ... : Monster
First pitch is very thin and unrelenting. Several cruxes throughout, one requiring standing up with one leg and no handholds to assist. And a vicious redpoint crux waiting to kill all your efforts. Take a no hands rest at the belay anchor and go for the top or break up into two pitches. Second half is much easier (5.10) but engaging, and a classic by itself. Difficult to grade, but possibly the hardest slab in the hills?...[more] Browse More Classics in South Dakota
Monster area sunset from Summit of marker
Caleb on-sightingn -- Gossamer
BETA PHOTO: View of Monster area from South Seas.
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!!!!!