The Chessmen Rock Climbing
The Chessmen main area as viewed from the NW. MT. ...
Traditional climbing area - a group of rocks south of Horsethief Lake in the Black Elk Wilderness.
Approach from Horsethief Lake.
Climbing Season For the The Needles Of Rushmore area.
Weather station 2.6 miles from here
37 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Chessmen
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Chessmen:
Featured Route For The Chessmen
Happiness is Whiskey 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c South Dakota
: The Needles Of Rushmore
: ... : Happiness is Water
This route climbs a beautiful feldspar line on the south face. The first 15 feet climbs up some blocks under a very small roof. You then step right off a ledge onto the face and begin a section of about 100 feet of climbing where the difficulty never drops below 5.7 and never above 5.8. Very beautiful and continuous steep line with awesome positive holds almost the whole route.After a short minor crux near the fourth bolt, climb left of a crack which takes a couple pieces of small gear, throu...[more] Browse More Classics in South Dakota