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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 All Locations area.

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

32 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',4],['5.8',7],['5.9',6],['5.10',8],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',2],['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: Sam at base of route.

The Decline of Outdoor Safety 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  SD : Horsethief Lake Area : ... : Split Dome
We were first attracted to this line by it's beauty. When you look at it from Happiness is Water, the view of it is stunning. The route climbs the South Arete, about 15 feet right of a broken up dihedral. If you look in Busse & Burr's guide for Split Dome, they guessed our route to be the Horning route and it is labeled so in their book. The Horning route is nearby but this is not it....[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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