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Rattlesnake Mound

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Rattlesnake Mound Rock Climbing 


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Administrators: Doug Hemken, James M Schroeder, Chris treggE, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Tradoholic on Aug 8, 2008
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Quincy is closed to climbing, Rattlesnake is open

Description 

Large bluff line with big sandstone boulders scattered about. Established problems are all over, but there is still lots to explore, and hard stuff to be done. Access is good, you can see some boulders from the road.

Apparently, this is part of the Quincy reserve now. Climbing does not appear to be prohibited at this time, please keep a low impact and low profile here.

Getting There 

East of 14th Ct in Adams Cty. See directions on Central Sandstone page.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.6 miles from here

59 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',33],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',12],['5.7',2],['5.8',2],['5.9',2],['5.10',3],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',3],['V2-3',19],['V4-5',10],['V6-7',2],['V8-9',4],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Rattlesnake Mound

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rattlesnake Mound:
Jump for Joy   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Main Cliff East
Down South Raven   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   House Boulder Area
Beached Whale   V4 6B     Boulder   House Boulder Area
Can't hang   V5 6C     Boulder   Main Cliff East
Chaos   V7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Main Cliff East
Pigmy   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 22'   Main Cliff West
Solo Crack   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR, 35'   Main Cliff West
Cottonmouth   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Main Cliff East
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Rock Climbing Photo: Pi on the start holds

Warm Up Center SDS V4 6B  WI : Central Sandstone : ... : House Boulder Area
Start sitting with right hand on undercling/rail and left hand on a solid roundish crimp out to the left. Put feet anywhere below the rail, pull up, and swing/lunge up to a sweet left hand crimp. Reposition feet and bump right hand up rail and/or to good hold above the rail (or any of the ok but not as good holds). Find a good foot and have fun the rest of the way up.This start has probably been done before but I thought that it was a natural and fun way to start. It adds a couple of good moves ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

Photos of Rattlesnake Mound Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The House boulders.
The House boulders.
Rock Climbing Photo: East side in early morning
East side in early morning
Rock Climbing Photo: Sandstone
Sandstone
Rock Climbing Photo: Rattlesnake Mound from the raod.  House boulder on...
BETA PHOTO: Rattlesnake Mound from the raod. House boulder on...
Rock Climbing Photo: Not all beginners are young'ns
Not all beginners are young'ns
Rock Climbing Photo: House Boulder
House Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Rattlesnake.
Rattlesnake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Location and names of routes on main west face. 1-...
Location and names of routes on main west face. 1-...
Rock Climbing Photo: Paul and Mike enjoying a great day at the mound.
Paul and Mike enjoying a great day at the mound.
Rock Climbing Photo: Striking chossy rock in the early fall sunlight
Striking chossy rock in the early fall sunlight
Rock Climbing Photo: Dihedral around the corner from Kutcher Krack. OK ...
BETA PHOTO: Dihedral around the corner from Kutcher Krack. OK ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Candy, age 60, finishes a stellar performance on B...
Candy, age 60, finishes a stellar performance on B...

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By Brian Runnells
Nov 6, 2008
Really cool and interesting area. Some of the rock like the house boulder is pretty high quality for Wisconsin and has a quartzite/sandstone feel to it. These boulders have really cool grassy landings.

Much of the rocks on the bluffs is more reminiscent of Governor Dodge in that the quality of the rocks is lower and more sandstone-y.
By John W. Knoernschild
From: Wisconsin
Jun 6, 2011
The boulders here are quite amazing and exactly the opposite of the Dodge in quality. I agree that the cliff line is about Dodge quality though. Great area! Great concentration of quality boulder problems.
By Tradoholic
Jun 25, 2011
Can this be split into Area's please?

I suggest, "House Boulder Area", "Sawyer's Boulder", "Main Cliff West", "Main Cliff East", "Star Destroyer Area" and "Kutcher's Bluff".
By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Jun 28, 2011
Sorry, I'm in the Black Hills. Good idea. I can create and populate the areas, and assign them to you Nick to order the routes and write the descriptions? I will get to this when I get back in early July.
By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Jun 25, 2012
Please be patient while we try to get this better organized. Nick let me know if I put a problem in the wrong area. I think I got them all right but wasn't familiar with a couple of the lines.
By Tradoholic
Jun 28, 2012
I have sorted all of the routes L to R but I think Mammoth and Sharks Tooth currently in the Kutcher's Area should be moved to the House Boulder Area. Am I right on this?

Also, please check my sort for Main East, I couldn't recall if the Proj cave was farthest left or not.
By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Jun 28, 2012
I think you are correct, Mr. Fascist.
By Tradoholic
Jun 30, 2012
Who are you calling a fascist?!!?!?
By Silent Destroyer
From: Appleton, WI
Apr 9, 2015
There is a new sign here that's been up for a little over a year does anyone know what I'm talking about
By SteveSchultz
Apr 10, 2015
No, what does it say?

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