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Alligators All Around T 
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Hill City Shootout: Bullets Not Blanks S 
Monster Within S 
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Nightman Cometh, The S 
Side Arm S 
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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).

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

For the Monster area.

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

13 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

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'   
The Nightman Cometh   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 200'   
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Side Arm is across and slightly up the gully from Teachers Pet. It ascends the arete to the left of Crystal Ship. From the base, scramble up the easy gully 20', then move left along a small ledge (continue about 15' past the first bolt on Crystal Ship) to clip the first bolt. Straight up from there . . . enjoy! Note: Clipping the 7th bolt can be strenuous, make it quick!...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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