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Minnesota, USA 

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


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.

Climbing Gyms 

Albert Lea
Albert Lea Rock Gym
Duluth
Vertical Endeavours
University of Minnesota Duluth Climbing Walls (North Shore and Inland Walls)
Minneapolis
Vertical Endeavours
Minnesota Climbing Co-Op
Midwest Mountaineering (bouldering wall)
Rochester
Prairie Walls
St. Paul
Vertical Endeavours
University of Minnesota Climbing Wall (members only)
Winona
Rock Solid Youth Center

Climbing Season



Weather station 11.8 miles from here

1,401 Total Routes

['4 Stars',89],['3 Stars',523],['2 Stars',543],['1 Star',180],['Bomb',12]
['<=5.6',85],['5.7',54],['5.8',78],['5.9',116],['5.10',156],['5.11',111],['5.12',68],['5.13',22],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',109],['V2-3',321],['V4-5',111],['V6-7',51],['V8-9',30],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',19],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Minnesota:
Nightfall   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches, 180'   Grand Marais Area Ice Climb...
Best Boulder in Minnesota   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Sandstone : Eldon
Pocket Hercules   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   Sandstone : Eldon
The Raven   V11-12 8A+     Boulder, 12'   Sandstone : 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 Perfect Crimb   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Perfect Crimb Area
Looking for Lust   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Annadonia Area
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
Sleeping Bat in a Ziplock Bag   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Cyclops Area
Scars and Tripes Forever   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 200'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Laceration Jam   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 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
Roof Burner   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 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'   rock climbs : Sigma Wall
Living All Over Me   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Winter 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
Palisaid   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Trad   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Browse More Classics in Minnesota

Featured Route For Minnesota
The start and crux holds of friction fighter chalk...

Friction Fighter V4 6B PG13  MN : Duluth Rock (Duluth) : ... : North Little Foxx
A Little Fox classic and a must do for any Minnesota Hardman! The most obvious line on the three slabs. Sit start under bulge on two bomber side pulls. Pull up over the bulge to a sloppy/frictiony rail and then move your left hand to a small rail where you can fit 2-3 fingers. Find a small nub for your left foot on the slab and pull up into a right hand foot match. 10 feet of mellow climbing brings you to a good rest. Here you can contemplate either down climbing or committing to the top ou...[more]   Browse More Classics in MN

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

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By Oklobzija
Sep 30, 2014
CONDITION REPORT 
I'm missing 2 things from Sawmill!

1: today I lost my dogs tagg collar

2: large Mad Rock pad.

If you see either please let me know. This is Nic Oklobzija
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 Oklobzija
Apr 25, 2012
facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid...


We will be hosting Daniel Woods and Paul Robinson in town this weekend. It cost only 10$ and you can climb with them and watch the movie after!!
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 Oklobzija
Aug 3, 2013
Hello,

What area are you referring to?
By Oklobzija
Sep 18, 2013
Hello Friends!!! The Minnesota bouldering guide is finished and headed to print, please go here to pre-order your copy!!!

midwestboulderingguide.blogspo...
By Oklobzija
Oct 9, 2013
You can purchase a guide now on our site. Can someone add this to the guidebook links?



midwestboulderingguide.blogspo...
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...
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 Oklobzija
Jun 28, 2014
HARDEST BOULDER 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.