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Horse Rampart

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Archery TR 
Between the Cheeks TR 
Debauchery TR 
Horse with No Name T,TR 
Horse, The T,TR 
Lechery T,TR 
Moby Dick T,TR 
Monarch T,TR 
Mother Smucker's Jam T,TR 
Mung T 
Peanut Butter T,TR 
Plethora T 
Primak's Surprise T,TR 
Pullman Car T,TR 
Roger's Roof T,TR 
Scavenger of Sorrow T,TR 
Scuz TR 
Sugar-free Jam T,TR 
Teetering Tower TR 
Teetering Tower Chimney T,TR 
Treachery T,TR 
Via Apia T,TR 
Woger's Woof Wightside TR 
Wolf Dog T,TR 

Horse Rampart  

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Submitted By: Tom Anderson-Brown on Feb 18, 2002

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Horse Rampart is located southeast of the electric fence above a large talus field. The area contains a plethora of moderate routes including the challenging Roger's Roof (5.8). The routes here are fairly long and the area at the base of the climbs is very comfortable. Any moderate climber should be able to find a climb that suits them from the 20 or so moderate climbs found here. There are also a handful of more challenging climbs here, including Between the Sheets (5.12c) and Ptolemy (5.11a).

Getting There 

To find the Horse Rampart walk north on the railroad tracks from the South Shore parking lot until you get to the electric fence. Duck under the fence and walk up along the Birthday Rocks wall. Go south and east around the Caesarian Tower at the southeast end of the Birthday Rocks and head up the bluff and slightly right along the climber's trail (the more direct and treacherous route is to scramble up the talus slope south of the electric fence). About 200 feet up the bluff you will see the southeast end of the 200 ft long Horse Rampart wall. The majority of the climbs are located near the middle of the wall. The wall terminates at Teetering Tower, a narrow 40 ft tower that leans in towards the wall.

A more direct approach is to scramble directly up the boulder field, past Lothar's Ledges, which may be passed on either the right or the left. Especially when the trail by Birthday is muddy, this may actually be the easiest approach!

Access to the top can be found either up the second or third gully to the left of Monarch, or to the right of Teetering Tower.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

25 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Horse Rampart:
The Horse   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR   
Primak's Surprise   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR   
Pullman Car   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR   
Via Apia   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Lechery   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR   
Peanut Butter   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Debauchery   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR   
Mother Smucker's Jam   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR   
Roger's Roof   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR   
Mung   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 70'   
Plethora   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad   
Woger's Woof Wightside   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     TR   
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Debauchery (n): Extreme indulgence in sensuality (orgy). Sounds like the guys that named these climbs spent too much time climbing.To climb Debauchery use the corner to make your way up to the ledge at 25 feet. Climb above ledge on ledges and into a curved dihedral. Climb dihedral to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

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By Chris Hoppe
May 7, 2002
I really like the climbs here. Its the first place I went to at Devils Lake. The only problem is when the sun hits it, the hornets come out of all the cracks you try and climb. But its a GREAT place to hit in the morning.
By Tradoholic
Jun 10, 2010
Home of many climbs with the infamous "5.8" rating.
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