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The Chessmen Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Traditional climbing area - a group of rocks south of Horsethief Lake in the Black Elk Wilderness.

Getting There 

Approach from Horsethief Lake.

Climbing Season

For the The Needles Of Rushmore area.

Weather station 2.6 miles from here

38 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',6],['5.8',7],['5.9',7],['5.10',10],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Chessmen

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Chessmen:
Breaking Wave   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Breaking Wave Spire
Happiness is Whiskey   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   Happiness is Water
Stiff Richard   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 75'   Limp Richard
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Featured Route For The Chessmen
Rock Climbing Photo: Working on the route before a thunderstorm

The Gilty Hooker 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Guilt Edge
Beautiful crystal pinching on great rock in an awesome location! Starts in your face with a small bulge to a dead vertical crimper section. After two bolts, proceed to a short vertical finger crack which takes gear. Continue above this on techy 5.9 past one more bolt and a very small tricky gear placement in a horizontal pod. Easier terrain leads to your last piece in a mid sized horizontal which you use to traverse about 10 feet right to a band of crystals you can use to gain the summit.As ...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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