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Shipyard Rock

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All Tuckered Out S 
Humpbacks in Love S 
Jellyfish and Condoms T,S 
Not So Sweet T 
Nutra-Sweet S 
Shipyard Rock Variation T 
Spilling Waves S 
Surging Wave S 
Tsunami S 
Tuck and Roll S,TR 
Waves S 

Shipyard Rock  

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Submitted By: Peter Gram on Jun 25, 2002
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Shipyard is a large mass of rock with some of the only two pitch routes at the Rushmore areas. A very popular route, Waves, runs up the north face of it. This rock is often crowded. Many safe, easy to moderate variations of Waves exist, and also some hard, fun routes like Nutra-sweet are also on this rock. A definite must stop at rock while in the South Seas.

Getting There 

From the South Seas parking area, follow the trail to the South Seas sign-in post. From here, two large masses of rock are straight ahead. The one on the left is Hornet's Nest, and on the right is Shipyard Rock. Most routes start on the opposite face as the entrance here, so follow trails around to the other face to do Waves and its variations, etc.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

11 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Shipyard Rock:
Surging Wave   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 60'   
Spilling Waves   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 60'   
Waves   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   
Tsunami   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Jellyfish and Condoms   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 50'   
All Tuckered Out   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Humpbacks in Love   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   
Tuck and Roll   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Nutra-Sweet   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
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Featured Route For Shipyard Rock
2nd pitch of Waves

Waves 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : ... : Shipyard Rock
Waves is one of the best easy routes at Rushmore. Begin on the left side of a ledge on the face furthest from the highway. The first 20 feet of thin climbing up a dyke is the crux. The route can be done as one pitch with a 60 meter rope, but there is an excellent belay ledge halfway up that makes for a good introduction to multipitch climbing. The second pitch is fun steep 5.7 on jugs.A double rope rap from the summit reaches the ground. This is a great route....[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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Is this Waves?  Thursday June 13th, 2013
Is this Waves? Thursday June 13th, 2013

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By Anonymous Coward
Aug 29, 2002
The anchor has been fixed by Ron Yahne and Bob Arch. 8/29/2002
By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Sep 2, 2008
Its possible to get off Shipyard from the Waves/Humbacks anchor in one rap with a single 70m cord, with a little easy downclimbing. Aim for the pot-hole-d gully East of Humbacks in Love. Its an easy (5.2?) scramble down this gully to the ground.
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