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Shipyard Rock

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All Tuckered Out S 
Humpbacks in Love S 
Jellyfish and Condoms T,S 
Not So Sweet T 
Nutra-Sweet S 
Shipyard rock T 
Shipyard Rock Variation T 
Spilling Waves S 
Surging Wave S 
Tsunami S 
Tuck and Roll S,TR 
Waves S 
Waves (Variation) S 
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Shipyard Rock Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Peter Gram on Jun 25, 2002
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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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Shipyard Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Shipyard Rock:
Surging Wave   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 60'   
Spilling Waves   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 60'   
Waves   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   
Not So Sweet   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   
Waves (Variation)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Tsunami   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Jellyfish and Condoms   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 50'   
All Tuckered Out   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Humpbacks in Love   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   
Tuck and Roll   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Nutra-Sweet   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Dobbe on this sweet route

Nutra-Sweet 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Shipyard Rock
A beautiful wind-sculpted, boiler plated vertical face. Start a bit left on the obvious weakness and work up and right 25' to the first bolt. Continue up stellar rock passing more bolts on the way to the summit. There are a couple of different lines to climb past the first several bolts.There also is a new direct start that climbs past a couple of newer bolts and is mid to upper 5.11. It might be wise to stick clip the first bolt on this variation. F.A. TNA Yahne...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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Rock Climbing Photo: Is this Waves?  Thursday June 13th, 2013
Is this Waves? Thursday June 13th, 2013

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By Anonymous Coward
Aug 29, 2002
The anchor has been fixed by Ron Yahne and Bob Arch. 8/29/2002
By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Sep 2, 2008
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.
By Ben Juneau
Aug 28, 2017
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).
By Mark Orsag
From: Omaha, NE
Sep 3, 2017
Sounds maybe like P1 of Original Waves 5.8 R.

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