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Minnesota Rock Climbing 


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Minnesota, USA 

Rock Climbing Photo: Minnesota: Climbing with a view.
Minnesota: Climbing with a view.

Minnesota, USA (Wikipedia link)

State in the north-central United States.

Borders:
North: Manitoba and Ontario, Canada
East: Lake Superior and Wisconsin
South: Iowa
West: South Dakota and North Dakota

Web Links 

Useful links about Minnesota and rock climbing in Minnesota:
Explore Minnesota
Minnesota Climbers Association (MCA) - Access Fund Local Affiliate
Minnesota Climbing (forum)
Minnesota Department 0f Natural Resources
Minnesota State Highway Map

Kraig Decker's website -- lots of useful info about rock and ice climbing in Duluth area.

Minnesota Rock Climbing Guide Books 

Rock Climbing Minnesota and Wisconsin. 2nd edition by Mike Farris
PRAIRIE WALLS: A Climbers Guide to Minnesota's Blue Mounds State Park by Don Hynek and Eric Landmann
Midwest Bouldering Guide by Nick O.
Peter's guide to Duluth Bouldering

Climbing Gyms and Indoor Walls 

Albert Lea
Albert Lea Rock Gym
Bemidji
Bemidji State University Climbing Wall
Bloomington
Bloomington: REI - Pinnacle Wall
Duluth
Vertical Endeavours
College of Scholastica
University of Minnesota Duluth Climbing Walls (North Shore and Inland Walls)
Eagan
Life Time Fitness Club Climbing Wall
Minneapolis
Vertical Endeavours
Minnesota Climbing Co-Op
Midwest Mountaineering (bouldering wall)
Plymouth
Life Time Fitness Club Climbing Wall
Prior Lake
Dakotah! Sport and Fitness Rock Wall
Rochester
Prairie Walls
Roca
St. Paul
Vertical Endeavours
University of Minnesota Climbing Wall (members only)
Winona
Winona State University Climbing Center (open to public)

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 11.8 miles from here

1,574 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',106],['3 Stars',610],['2 Stars',577],['1 Star',210],['Bomb',11]
['<=5.6',91],['5.7',62],['5.8',90],['5.9',138],['5.10',182],['5.11',120],['5.12',78],['5.13',26],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',120],['V2-3',360],['V4-5',123],['V6-7',56],['V8-9',34],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',19],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Minnesota

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Minnesota:
Nightfall   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches, 180'   Grand Marais Area Ice Climb...
Best Boulder in Minnesota   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Sandstone Bouldering : Eldon
Dance of the Sugar-Plump Faeries   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Shovel Point
The Future   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Annadonia Area
Looking for Lust   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Annadonia Area
The Perfect Crimb   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Perfect Crimb Area
Sleeping Bat in a Ziplock Bag   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Cyclops Area
Jump Start   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Winter Wall
Number 6 a.k.a. The Bulge   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Interstate SP (Taylors Fall... : Minnesota Strip
Scars and Tripes Forever   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 200'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Frequent Flatulence   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : New Vice Area
Laceration Jam   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Roof Burner   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : The East End
Poseidon Adventure   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 80'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Chinese Freedom   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Winter Wall
Work Ethic   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Cyclops Area
Sigma   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Robinson Park : Sigma Wall
Oz - (AKA The Road To Emerald City)   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 175'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Paradigm Shift   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Winter Wall
Palisaid   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Trad   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Minnesota

Featured Route For Minnesota
Rock Climbing Photo: Tony Young approaching the roof section

Straw House 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  MN : Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Shovel Point
Excellent work, Mr. Harkness, for giving us this line. It's the best at the cliff, and not deadly for the grade (probably a little soft). It hits the best position at Shovel Point, the rock is good, and the moves are surprisingly easy for the feature that you climb. It's a small miracle that the rock is just featured enough in this spot as to allow such a magnificent line....[more]   Browse More Classics in MN

Photos of Minnesota Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Minnesota: Climbing with a view.
Minnesota: Climbing with a view.
Rock Climbing Photo: Baby woodpeckers at our campsite on Insula Lake in...
Baby woodpeckers at our campsite on Insula Lake in...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunrise on Thomas Lake, Boundary Waters, MN.  July...
Sunrise on Thomas Lake, Boundary Waters, MN. July...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nesting loon on Thomas Lake, Boundary Waters, MN. ...
Nesting loon on Thomas Lake, Boundary Waters, MN. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: yep theres multi pitch climbing here in mn. me and...
yep theres multi pitch climbing here in mn. me and...
Rock Climbing Photo: A little blurry, there were 2 of them and they did...
A little blurry, there were 2 of them and they did...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset somewhere near Austin MN.
Sunset somewhere near Austin MN.
Rock Climbing Photo: An unknown tourist scrambling around where he shou...
An unknown tourist scrambling around where he shou...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nic climbing at Robinson Park in Sandstone MN
Nic climbing at Robinson Park in Sandstone MN
Rock Climbing Photo: Welcome to Minnesota!
Welcome to Minnesota!
Rock Climbing Photo: mn crag map
BETA PHOTO: mn crag map
Rock Climbing Photo: Fight Club
Fight Club
Rock Climbing Photo: Duluth Rock Foxx Rocks
Duluth Rock Foxx Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: The MN Bouldering guide is out. Now $25 at Escape ...
BETA PHOTO: The MN Bouldering guide is out. Now $25 at Escape ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The headwaters of the Mississippi, Itasca State Pa...
The headwaters of the Mississippi, Itasca State Pa...
Rock Climbing Photo: 2011 'Best of the Midwest' bouldering comp at Prai...
2011 'Best of the Midwest' bouldering comp at Prai...
Rock Climbing Photo: every good Minnesota crag pack should have at leas...
BETA PHOTO: every good Minnesota crag pack should have at leas...
Rock Climbing Photo: beautiful fall day on the Minnesota strip, early O...
beautiful fall day on the Minnesota strip, early O...
Rock Climbing Photo: Come on out to one of the best outdoor climbing ev...
Come on out to one of the best outdoor climbing ev...
Rock Climbing Photo: Boulders Represent!  Dobbe at the 2011 'Best of th...
Boulders Represent! Dobbe at the 2011 'Best of th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Come check it out!
Come check it out!

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By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Mar 5, 2011
Great video from Prairie Walls climbing comp:

dpmclimbing.com/climbing-video...
By Tom Hanson
Oct 7, 2011
I was waxing nostalgic and thought
I'd see what has been posted on Carlton Peak on The
North Shore, but was disappointed that nothing has been posted.
Edit: Thank you Chris for pointing me in the right direction.
By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Oct 7, 2011
Look again Tom! (Look under Temperance River SP).
By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
May 11, 2013
Dear Administrators of this fine state. Both your links to the climbing guidebooks for MN are broken. In addition, there is a new 2nd edition of the Farris book. As you know.
By Kris Gorny
Administrator
May 13, 2013
Chris -- updated the broken links. Thanks for pointing this out.
By scott isaacman
From: Silver Bay, MN
Aug 2, 2013
There are several places where the Superior Hiking Trail and good crags intersect. Unfortunately, climbers have been leaving trash and human waste in those areas. As a result, people are pissed off and want to ban climbing. Haven't you heard this before? Please follow Leave No Trace principles or areas may become closed to climbers.
By Ryan Angelo
Nov 5, 2013
The MN Bouldering book is now available at Escape Climbing for $25. Psyched to finally have this book in print. escapeclimbing.com/extra/mn-bo...
Rock Climbing Photo: A Field Guide to Minnesota Bouldering
A Field Guide to Minnesota Bouldering
By Paul Getzke
From: Bloomington, mn
Apr 14, 2014
I FINALLY got a copy of the new guidebook....outstanding job by all involved! If you boulder in Minnesota, and you should, you need to buy this book. Now if the next edition would also cover the Buyck/Crane Lake area, I'd be a very happy man. Thanks for all the work and looking forward to a great 2014 bouldering season here in Minnesota!
By John McB
From: Minnesota
Sep 23, 2014
Hello friends!

Question for those climbers coming from the Rochester / SE Minnesota area. I recently moved to Rochester and I went exploring in Quarry hill. Is there some reason that there isn't climbing here? I understand that it's quarried rock and likely bad for Trad, but I found some areas that seemed to have near bullet proof features that may be decent for bouldering. I tried stopping in the nature center to possible get some info, but they were closing up. Any ideas? Anyone tried to climb here before? Website attached for reference

qhnc.org/
By Kris Gorny
Administrator
Oct 9, 2014
@ John McB

I have asked around and found out people used to do some bouldering there. The best they found was up on top of the hill. Reportedly, there was a fairly long but low wall of not to awful quality to do some traverse work on. On the far left end there were a few top out problems that were fun. One continuing problem was that the place was also a partying destination for local kids and there have been issues with throwing glass bottles against the cliff face. So, if that still continues, you may have to brush off glass sometimes. The park director at Quarry Hill, Pam Mayer, is a climber and probably she doesn't care if you boulder there at all.

You can also stop by the local climbing gym in Rochester, Prairie Walls. Dave Brandt, the gym owner, used to boulder at Quarry Hills and he may be the source of more info.

Hope this helps.

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