The directions are not only vague, but wrong. Here are some more detailed directions:
-Take I-94 to Eau Claire -Exit onto 53N -Take a Right onto North Crossing/HWY 312 -North Crossing/Hwy 312 turns into Co Hwy Q/Olson Dr. -Take a Right onto Co Hwy UN and follow the signs to the Big Falls Co -Park, and park in the lot -Follow the trail (I believe there were two but both led to the boulders) which takes you to the river, the boulders are along the river
I just went out there for the first time last Sunday. I was impressed with the rock quality; I'm too use to running into the Eau Claire sandstone around here, which is dirt. I'm guessing you haven't come across any other boulders there aside from the one's directly in that area? Also I was wondering how you would compare Jim Falls to Big Falls, another place I have yet to check out?
Yes, unfortunately those are the only boulders at big falls. There are still some open projects down there. Did you think that the grade on snuckles was correct? I have been trying to develop some harder problems in the area. I would say Jim Falls is much much better. Just because there are many more boulders. Anytime you would like to go out and boulder just send me a message, I am out at big falls maybe 2-3 times a week.
I am not sure if I did Snuckles right, but here was my sequence. I started just to the left of the crack and went straight up the middle. I believe I did a stand start, as there were few feet if any for a sit. I then went straight up the middle, without the crack, and topped out using the ramp and a few small face crimps. If this is the right sequence I thought that was around a V1 or V2. I could very well be wrong though.
No, it is actually starts off on the lower half of the big ramp and follow the ramp up from left to right using nothing above the ramp. once you reach the point at the top of the ramp make big move to the ledge. I know the problem you are talking about and that is in the v1 range possibly a v2. When are you going down there again?
Went out today. Life long resident of EC but this was my first time out to Big Falls to specifically get some climbing in. Was a little disappointed by the LZ of most of the problems, but the rock quality was fantastic. Super solid holds and was able to trust even the smallest crimpers not to blow off the wall.
Just an FYI for anyone else planning to head out this season. There is a BASKETBALL SIZED WASP NEST on the face furthest to the right, near Vamanavataram. This basically rendered that face completely un-climable due to the amount of wasps. The thing was gnarly and built right at the V intersection in the middle of the face. I was able to get over to the left face, including Crack the Whip. Some pretty solid problems here and fun to mess around for a few hours. It should be noted, as I mentioned earlier, that the LZ's are sketchy at best. I was alone and with only 1 crash pad, so it made bailing off some of the problems questionable, I'd definitely recommend having a few people so you can have spotters and more pads. Overall though, not bad. I am curious about exploring Jim Falls though, hopefully a few more boulders around up there vs. the basically 2 faces here. (Or 1 due to the wasp nest.)