South Sea Islands( are made up of 5 spire/ flakes. Not alot of people climb in this area. Each Summit offers amazing views of Mt. Baldy and the Rushmore vicinity. A lot of the climbs are sport with the exception of Dennis Horning's X and R trad routes. If your looking to test yourself. Jump on Kara 5.7X a great Horning Route.
TIT ROCK is a great place for the 5.5-5.6 climbers to practice their leading skills. Climbs range from 5.5-5.10. On the SE face is Fun Bags ( 5.6) very well bolted almost to easy. Route runs through a slight bulge making it great for learning slight bulges. It has huge crystals the whole way up. The start of the climbs on the SE face usual involve scrambling for the first 10-15 feet. Usually not much traffic through this area. Good views of the Rushmore area from the top. Especially South Seas area and Proghorn.
PROGHORN is intimidating spire to some. its a small summit that is well worth visiting. This formation is good for the strong minded 5.9 climber as most climbs on it are heady. There is a PG-13, R, and a Dennis Horning X route. Prairie Runner (5.9 R 3 bolts on fixed pin seems to be the most popular way up. ) Trophy is a 5.9 with 10 bolts it has a PG-13 rating and is also good if your looking for a little less stress.
CORNFLAKE the furthest north of the other formations. Hard climbing good formation for the 5.12 climber. Cornflake is a 5.9+X by Dennis Horning and Henry Barber. Cereal Killer 5.10 is the most popular on this formation. This formation is in line that forms 3 spire / flakes. Including Kara and Duckbill. Cornflake is more of a flake when looking for it. The other two are more formation spires.
DUCKBILL has two established routes both are serious leads. Both have a "R" rating. formation between Cornflake and Kara.
KARA has two routes a 5.7X by Dennis Horning that is an excellent climb. Just be a solid 5.7 climber and have a good mind set. The other route is a 5.10 by the Lewis Bros.
From the South Seas Sign in area when coming from the road. Take a right at the sign in area. Passing the Sharks Fin area. Before the trail takes you into the Gulley you will see a faint path to the left. Follow this down past Proghorn as it goes down and around and this will lead you right to the area.
This route is a slabby mind-game that begins on the E arete of Duckbill. Scramble up the starting ramp to approach the crystal face on the right. Once up the face, traverse left and upward to a fixed bolt. Continue upward on a crystal face until you come to a horizontal crack that will take a couple pieces of gear. The easiest path from here is straight up the arete and to the summit....[more]Browse More Classics in SD