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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.
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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'
Butterfly 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
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Beetle Juice 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Hornets Nest
The open moves lead to an encounter with the goat's head horn. This route follows the left side of the arete and features great edges, mutated crystals and some really wild wind sculpted holds. The crux is near the top but there tends to be cruxes at all ten bolts. No one move wonder! A beautiful route... not recommended for Crimp-Pansies....[more] Browse More Classics in SD