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Balanced Rock Wall

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12 5.9 dihedral T,TR 
13 5.4 Corner T 
22 5.8 face climb T,TR 
6.63 Smoots T,TR 
Basswood Chimney T,TR 
Beer and Booty T,TR 
Bifurcation T,TR 
Der Glotz TR 
False Dilemma T 
Fear and Trembling TR 
Grandma's Staircase TR 
Invitation T,TR 
Invitation Direct T,TR 
Moondust  T 
Morning After T 
Mr. Neutron TR 
New Box T,TR 
Night Before TR 
R.S.V.P. T,TR 
Red Pulpit T,TR 
Spring Fever TR 
Sunken Pillar T,TR 
Switch Cover Crack T 
Unnamed Short route T,TR 
Watermarks T,TR 
Watermarks Direct T,TR 
Watermarks Left Side TR 

Balanced Rock Wall  

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Submitted By: Tom Anderson-Brown on Feb 24, 2002
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The Balanced Rock Wall is one of the most popular climbing spots at Devil's Lake, and it's also a good place to go to impress day hikers since the Balanced Rock Trail passes along the base of the wall. The Balanced Rock Wall is a 40 foot wall containing the classic climb Watermarks (5.8), along with a handful of other moderate and enjoyable climbs. Access is fairly easy and straight forward, and the quality of the climbs is high. The only downside to the formation is the likelihood that you'll encounter a lot of people throughout the day. If you're looking to show off, this is the place for you. If you're looking for solitude, steer clear.

Getting There 

To gain access to the Balanced Rock Wall hike up the Balanced Rock trail about halfway up the bluff. Twenty minutes of rock steps (10 if you're fast) and you will come upon this fine piece of rock. You really will have a hard time getting lost when looking for the Balanced Rock Wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

28 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Balanced Rock Wall:
New Box   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR   
Sunken Pillar   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR   
Red Pulpit   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR   
Watermarks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR   
Fear and Trembling   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR   
Der Glotz   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR   
Watermarks Direct   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR   
AAHRG   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Beer and Booty   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   
Moondust    5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   
Morning After   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad   
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Featured Route For Balanced Rock Wall
Jason Wilder on Watermarks, August 2001

Watermarks 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  WI : Devil's Lake : ... : Balanced Rock Wall
Watermarks is considered by many to be the ultimate moderate climb at the park. This may or may not be your opinion. The route has some nice moves and fun sequences, and it sure is easy to get to. It's also not very long, often crowded, etc. To be sure, if you can't get on the route due to its popularity it's not something to get your undies twisted up over.Now to the route... Watermarks is easily located by finding the water stains on the southeast end of the Balanced Rock Wall. Climb easi...[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

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The solitude and serenity of Watermarks Wall on a ...
The solitude and serenity of Watermarks Wall on a ...
Bob Horan on FA of Moondust 5.10d, circa 1976
Bob Horan on FA of Moondust 5.10d, circa 1976
What climbs are these next to "Red Pulpit?&qu...
What climbs are these next to "Red Pulpit?&qu...
BH bouldering on the Lou Reed Boulder, Balanced Ro...
BH bouldering on the Lou Reed Boulder, Balanced Ro...
Gokul and Angie, cleaning up graffiti
Gokul and Angie, cleaning up graffiti

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By rocktiger
Sep 25, 2003
Where is this Rock Wall located? Ced
By Tradoholic
Aug 11, 2011
This area can be a total mess with hikers, tourists, scouts, and climbers mixed up in a blender. Get their really early to avoid the sun and then split for elsewhere. The climbs are getting pretty beat too with many layers of rubber and chalk.

Sunken Pillar, Watermarks, Morning After and New Box are the climbs to do.
By Tom Mulholland
From: #1 Cheese Producing State!
Aug 17, 2011
Do Moondust too! A steeper, shorter version of Sometime Direct. One of the better protected 5.11s in the park.
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