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The Chessmen Rock Climbing 

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

Getting There 

Approach from Horsethief Lake.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.6 miles from here

45 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',15],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',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: The start of BW- left to right angling crack.

Breaking Wave 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : Breaking Wave Spire
An outstanding backcountry outing. No crowds here. The Rushmore guide has good description of the climb: P1 – left-right diagonaling crack; P2 – short crack-to-chimney section to gain E arête then to summit. A clean, two-rope rap from bolted anchors down S face brings you to within a few steps of your packs. It's a four-star climb and four-star descent....[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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