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Description 

Another easy to access Rushmore area with fun climbs of a variety of difficulties. I would guess the most popular route in the area is the beautiful 'Gossamer'. If you're into hard 11s, 'Valhalla' might be of interest.


Getting There 

The Monster area is another one that is easy to find and easy to get lost in. See directions under the 'Marker' area. From the sign in board, the gully goes forward, with the Marker on the right, Monster is on the left.

To access most of the routes you'll head left on the trail from the sign in board, others are accessed by going straight into the Marker / Monster gully.


28 Total Routes


['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',3],['5.8',3],['5.9',4],['5.10',3],['5.11',6],['5.12',5],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Monster:
Little Gremlins   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Shakers
Gossamer   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Picture Window
Dark Tower   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 80'   Monster
Going Down to Harlem with a Turd in My Shorts   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport   Shakers
Pointy Little Devil   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport   Shakers
Too Easy for Hard Men   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Abominable Snowman
Kodah   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 95'   Axe Edge
Skid Marks   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Shakers
Alligators All Around   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 160'   Monster
Creature Comforts   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 80'   Monster
Side Arm   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Monster
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Featured Route For Monster
When heading up toward Teachers Pet, Pointy Little Devil, etc. you will see these two towers.  Crystal Ship goes up the left edge of the right tower.

Crystal Ship 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a  SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Monster
Crystal Ship, named in memory of Steve Badour (and his favorite band), is across and slightly up the gully from Teachers Pet. From the base, scramble up the easy gully 20', then move left along a small ledge to clip the first bolt. Straight up from there . . . enjoy!There are some interesting thoughts about reasons behind the name of the tune "The Crystal Ship" Check'em out....[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

Photos of Monster Slideshow Add Photo
Molly Jane on Gossamer
Molly Jane on Gossamer
Junk on Gossamer
Junk on Gossamer
View of Monster area from South Seas.
BETA PHOTO: View of Monster area from South Seas.
Eric on Gossamer <br />
Eric on Gossamer
Caleb on-sightingn -- Gossamer
Caleb on-sightingn -- Gossamer
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By Dan Dewell
Sep 9, 2002

To anyone who is interested...

There are some sketchy bolts that could use replacing on Mooshie Monster Farts in the Monster Area. I know Bob and Ron are always doing these types of things, and with the tools to do so expediently, perhaps this is a route you could fix? Just a suggestion. It's just such a terrific route, I would hate to have something like an accident or a broken anchor stop somebody from trying it.

Thanks!Dan

By Anonymous Coward
Sep 12, 2002

You know about the sketchy bolt anchors, why don't you go and fix them. Why should everyone expect a couple few to fix everything for the rest of us. Who knows when they will find out about the bolts or they may even have routes that are of a higher priority to fix.

By Dan Dewell
Oct 6, 2002

When I suggested 'someone' fix the anchors/bolts on Mooshie Monster Farts I did so because I do not have the tools to fix them myself. Plus, Bob, Ron, and whoever else is doing the retro-bolting do a wonderful job. If I had the equipment I would do it, but I don't. So...if someone would like to look at said route, a few of us believe it deserves some attention. Thanks!!!!!