A couple of unique sandstone boulders sitting atop a hill in the center of America's heartland. The rock closely resembles rock found in the Red River Gorge. Mostly a fun eliminate area, there are a few pure lines available. Originally found by Dave Brandt and Jim Blakely sometime in the early 90's (maybe 80's) it sat unclimbed until 1999. Unfortunately, it is on private land that is owned by an old farmer. For a while, people were allowed to use the area as long as they called the farmer first. For whatever reason, only about 50% of those who climbed there would end up calling the guy. The farmer eventually got bummed on climbers and dropped the hammer on all who entered. As well, a small tree got cut down and he apparently had quite an attachment to the little guy... If things had gone differently back then, there would still be this rad little area for locals to frequent. Although I've heard of full camo nighttime bouldering missions, I would NOT suggest climbing there until a new land owner comes along. The farmer has a seriously fast golf cart that would be quite hard to out run with a crashpad on your back. Those who lived in Rochester and had the pleasure to climb there should feel lucky. The closest place to pick up a 6pack is Tilly's Tavern which is on hwy 52 in Oronoco. They do "off sale" until 10pm. Poor selection
Since this area is currently off limits to climbers I will only say that it is 10 minutes nw of Rochester. The approach involved quite a few cow turds one had to manuever.
I'm pretty sure that the photo I submitted is from the area that is described here. It was taken in 1986 as evidenced by the horrible fashions that existed at the time ( short running shorts, headband, and first generation Calma rock shoes). If this is not the WAZ, then it is yet another area that Jim Blakely discovered. To confuse things further, there is a second area even closer to Rochester,just north on county road 112. It is hidden by a commercial nursery and is comprised of the same hard sandstone. That particular pile of boulders was discovered and developed in the 70's by Rob Whitaker. The fact that it wasn't discovered by Jim Blakely is rather amazing because Jim spent an enormous amount of time searching for quality rock in Southern Minnesota in the 70's and 80's. If the area in the photo is indeed the WAZ, I spent a summer bouldering there and the evidence of my activities was obscured by the passage of time.