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The Point  

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Submitted By: TravisMelin on Dec 4, 2007






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Be quiet! This area is directly below the oft visited Grandads overlook


Small area with only two routes at the moment. Great views from the top, almost overlooks the city.

Getting There 

Follow the cliff line all the way to the end of the bluff. The last descent looking band of rock is what your looking for.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.3 miles from here

5 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Point:
Randyland   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 40'   
Uptown Bar   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 45'   
Combat Engineer   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 45'   
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Combat Engineer

Combat Engineer 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  WI : Grandad's Bluff : The Point
Crux comes immediately after clipping the second bolt. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

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By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Sep 8, 2010
Nice work on the new routes guys.
By Corey Morris
From: Fort Hood, TX
Sep 8, 2010
Thx Remo...I'll try to do some photo shop with an overall view of this ampitheatre when the trees lose their leaves...
By Corey Morris
From: Fort Hood, TX
Dec 29, 2011
I'm going to Kuwait soon, but truly hope these routes have been getting some travel and will get better with time. :) And will be back at some point to finish what Fred and I have started....
By Matthew Clausen
Oct 25, 2013
I had the pleasure of camping a weekend in La Crosse this fall, and got a day in at Grandad's Bluff.

First wall our group decided to climb was The Point because of the beautifully open belay ledge and a decent mix of ratings for everyone.

This wall, unfortunately, is composed of sandstone that is TOO LOOSE for ethical climbing, especially the band that composes the upper 30% of the rock face.

Pebbles and chips were falling towards my belay partner for the first 70%. Fist-size chunks melted off near the chains.

I am grateful to the guys who put the effort in to develop the area, and there are other walls at the bluff with suitable stone for climbing.

This wall should not be climbed, despite the tempting bolts, because:
1) Your belay partner is at high risk for a rock strike.
2) Degradation of the rock wall, especially in such a public area, due to climbing activity leads to political and legal action to close down entire climbing areas--let's be proactive as a climbing community and stay off The Point.

Beautiful area and classic climbs on other exposed faces in the bluff. Have a great time on those!
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