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This rock and Shipyard Rock are the two large formations in the South Seas area. Hornets' Nest has many fine routes on it, many of which are very difficult. The average rating is probably around 5.11, but routes vary from 5.4 to 5.13 on its various faces. Mr. Critical, Second Hand Rose, and WASP are all very fun routes. Hornets' Nest is made up mostly of routes requiring only quickdraws, but a few routes require gear as well. To descend, pick one of many fixed anchor rappels, and bring two ropes.
Walk into the South Seas sign-in area. There are two large formations straight ahead. Shipyard Rock is the one on the right, and Hornets' Nest is on the left. Many routes start on this face, but for others, follow the trail around its base.
10 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hornets Nest:
Second Hand Rose Arete 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 155'
W.A.S.P. (center variation start) 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 165'
The Pollinator 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Anaphylactic Shock 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 105'
Mr. Critical 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 140'
Beetle Juice 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Swarm 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Lonesome Cowboy 5.12+ 7c 28 IX E6 6b Trad, Sport, TR, 100'
Butterfly 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Mothra 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 80'
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W.A.S.P. (center variation start) 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Hornets Nest
This is a nice solid 5.9 which is consistent and fun. The Bottom third is blocky/oververtical with big holds. The middle gets thin with nice little crimps. When in doubt, (you'll know it when you get there)go left even though there are temptations to the right. The distinct crux is at about halfway. The cracks at the bottom are protectable with nuts or small cams and is one variation to W.A.S.P. The bolted route "pollinator" about 8 feet right of the crack also appears to be an e...[more] Browse More Classics in SD