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Railroad Amphitheater

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Railroad Amphitheater 

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BETA PHOTO: Railroad Amphitheater seen from frozen Devils Lake


The Railroad Amphitheater is a terrific climbing spot with easy access and fairly long, interesting routes. The north wall of the Amphitheater is overhanging and includes challenging routes like Catenary Crack, Cop-Out, Cop Ripper, and Jack the Ripper. The south wall includes Pine Tree Step-Across and Pine Tree Dihedral, both long, fun routes. Railroad Amphitheater is also home to Lumby Ridge, a series of climbs on the southeast ridge of the formation.

Getting There 

To get to the Railroad Amphitheater walk north along the railroad tracks from the South Shore parking lot. About 150 feet past the electric fence you will see the Amphitheater, sitting just off the tracks. Top-rope setup access can be found by going around either the north side or the south side of the formation.

16 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Railroad Amphitheater:
Pine Tree Dihedral   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, TR   
The Pillar   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, TR   
Pine Tree Step-Across   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b R     Trad, TR   
Birch Tree Dihedral   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, TR   
Snedegar's Nose   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, TR   
Tang Shwang   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Catenary Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, TR   
Jack the Ripper   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, TR   
Cop-Out   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, TR   
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Jack The Crooked Cop 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c  WI : Devil's Lake : ... : Railroad Amphitheater
A sure to be neo-classic this is my favorite line on the wall linking the meat of "Jack the Ripper" with the best part of "Cop Out".It starts with a tricky boulder problem and follows a thin seam to a no hands rest. Then an airy traverse into a perfect dihedral and through the roof on good holds....[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

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Railroad from the water.
Railroad from the water.
Some French climbers at Railroad, August 30, 2009.
Some French climbers at Railroad, August 30, 2009.
Shot #2 of the French climbers at Railroad.  August 30, 2009.
Shot #2 of the French climbers at Railroad. ...
The face is "Face-Off" 5.9. The Arete left of the face is "Old Shoes" 5.10c
BETA PHOTO: The face is "Face-Off" 5.9. The Arete left of the ...
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