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South Sea Islands( are made up of 5 spire/ flakes. Not alot of people climb in this area. Each Summit offers amazing views of Mt. Baldy and the Rushmore vicinity. A lot of the climbs are sport with the exception of Dennis Horning's X and R trad routes. If your looking to test yourself. Jump on Kara 5.7X a great Horning Route.

TIT ROCK is a great place for the 5.5-5.6 climbers to practice their leading skills. Climbs range from 5.5-5.10. On the SE face is Fun Bags ( 5.6) very well bolted almost to easy. Route runs through a slight bulge making it great for learning slight bulges. It has huge crystals the whole way up. The start of the climbs on the SE face usual involve scrambling for the first 10-15 feet. Usually not much traffic through this area. Good views of the Rushmore area from the top. Especially South Seas area and Proghorn.

PROGHORN is intimidating spire to some. its a small summit that is well worth visiting. This formation is good for the strong minded 5.9 climber as most climbs on it are heady. There is a PG-13, R, and a Dennis Horning X route. Prairie Runner (5.9 R 3 bolts on fixed pin seems to be the most popular way up. ) Trophy is a 5.9 with 10 bolts it has a PG-13 rating and is also good if your looking for a little less stress.

CORNFLAKE the furthest north of the other formations. Hard climbing good formation for the 5.12 climber. Cornflake is a 5.9+X by Dennis Horning and Henry Barber. Cereal Killer 5.10 is the most popular on this formation. This formation is in line that forms 3 spire / flakes. Including Kara and Duckbill. Cornflake is more of a flake when looking for it. The other two are more formation spires.

DUCKBILL has two established routes both are serious leads. Both have a "R" rating. formation between Cornflake and Kara.

KARA has two routes a 5.7X by Dennis Horning that is an excellent climb. Just be a solid 5.7 climber and have a good mind set. The other route is a 5.10 by the Lewis Bros.

Getting There 

From the South Seas Sign in area when coming from the road. Take a right at the sign in area. Passing the Sharks Fin area. Before the trail takes you into the Gulley you will see a faint path to the left. Follow this down past Proghorn as it goes down and around and this will lead you right to the area.

Climbing Season

For the Mount Rushmore National Memorial area.

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in South Sea Islands

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Sea Islands:
Tits and Aspen   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Tit Rock
Cereal Killer   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 70'   Cornflake
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Kara
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Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful Kara

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b PG13  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Kara
Ascend the steep, colorful side of the spire up a pumpy crack straight into the desperate, exposed headwall. Begin by scrambling up dirty choss to the first bolt at about 30'. Cast off into the overhanging schist band then enter the crack and make a hard placement to avoid the ledge below. Traverse crack out left until bolt can be reached. Try your best to rest before tackling the thin, tricky crux. The upper headwall is harder than it looks. Going for the last bolt and the anchors have huge rid...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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