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Monster is the large rock mass in between Middle Marker and the South Seas area. There are various routes leading to the top. Climbing ranges anywhere from scrambling up until near the top and then climbing a short 5.6 face, or to doing a 4 pitch 5.11+ from the face nearest to the road (Valhalla).
Park at the trailhead for the Markers. From the sign-in location, the downhill side climbs are a short distance to the west. Walk on the trail that forks left from the register to the big rock. For the uphill side climbs, follow the trail uphill that heads north and splits the Monster area with the Marker area. Once around the rocks of the Monster area, take a left and scramble up slabs and work your way back in the direction of the car to the base of the climbs.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Monster:
Dark Tower 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 80'
Alligators All Around 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, 160'
Hill City Shootout: Bullets Not Blanks 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 120'
Creature Comforts 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 80'
Side Arm 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
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Dark Tower 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Monster
Scramble up to the northwest edge of the formation to get to the start of the route. Climb up and right on large holds to the first bolt. From here, traverse right and up past two more bolts to gain the flake. The moves past the third bolt to the flake are a little thin.Climb the flake until you reach a stance on the right hand side of the blade, where you can clip the next bolt. Climbing past this, and the next bolt are the crux of the climb. It's think it's the hardest 5.8 I've done! Both...[more] Browse More Classics in SD
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