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Wisconsin Strip

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Batman TR 
Cathuseleft T,TR 
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chimney T,TR 
Deuchler's Corner Center TR 
Deuchler's Corner Left T,TR 
Deuchler's Corner Right TR 
Impossible Crack T,TR 
Inside Corner TR 
Lloyd's Lament TR 
Mother T,TR 
Old Man TR 
Rurp City T,TR 
Softer Than Ice, Harder Than Diamonds T,TR 
Split the Difference T,TR 
Triple Overhang T,TR 

Wisconsin Strip  

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This prominent cliff on the Wisconsin shore of the St. Croix River is the furtherest north area on the Wisconsin side of Interstate State park. This area contains a high concentration of long (by midwest standards) good quality routes, both leads and top rope problems. This cliff is often quite busy with both climbers and hikers.

Getting There 

There are two options for reaching this crag. The first is to park on the Wisconsin side. After entering the state park and passing the visitor center the road forks. Park at the parking area at this junction and take the pothole trail to the left (its a circular trail so either way works but left is by far shorter). The climbing area starts shortly after passing a wooden overlook. An alternate approach for visitors with Minnesota state park stickers is to park at the main parking area on the Minnesota side and cross highway 8 on the pedestrain bridge to the side of the roadway. Shortly after crossing into Wisconsin a trail leads off to the right. This trail eventually connects with the potholes trail and reaches the top of the cliff.

To reach the bottom of the cliff descend a third class gully on the north side of the cliff line. The bottom slab can be a little tricky so rope up if needed.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

16 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Wisconsin Strip:
Lloyd's Lament   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     TR   
Cathuselum   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   
Old Man   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch, 45'   
Inside Corner   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR   
Impossible Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   
Split the Difference   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 45'   
Cathuseleft   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 45'   
Batman   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     TR   
Deuchler's Corner Right   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     TR   
Deuchler's Corner Center   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     TR   
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Split the Difference 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  WI : Interstate State Park : Wisconsin Strip
Great crimpy climbing that keeps pushing you left and right. The climb is 5.10b if you avoid the good holds to the right. A well-set top-rope will get you this climb and INSIDE CORNER on one rope...[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

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At the top of the picture is the Old Man of Taylor...
At the top of the picture is the Old Man of Taylor...
andrew on inside corner Photo: Taylor Krosbakken
andrew on inside corner Photo: Taylor Krosbakken

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By John W. Knoernschild
From: Wisconsin
Mar 30, 2010
Please post some photos. So many routes have been added without a single photo.
By Mr. Mix
From: Sauk City, WI
Feb 18, 2012
John, this is your typical comment, go drive up there and take some pics of Paul reaching the top out from the ground you lazy ass.
By Zach Bramel
From: MN
May 15, 2012
Found a cam under a boulder on the strip last week. If someone thinks it's their's, message me the brand, type, and size to verify and I'll get it to ya.
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