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Is the Route Included in the Price of the Condo? T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c V2+ 5+ PG13
Redfield T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Elevation: 2,550 ft
GPS: 43.056, -87.886 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Colin Erskine on Feb 6, 2006
Admins: Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, Chris treggE

Description

On the East Side of Milwaukee (just off of the lake front), this limestone wall can give you a quick "fix" if you can't get any place more substantial. It's a short wall, approximately 25ft tall and 50ft long, made to support a bridge around a bike path that follows the lake front. It's located, oddly enough, where Lafayette Ave. and Summit Ave. connect on the top of Lafayette Hill. Most of the routes/problems that are here are eliminates, but there's enough available to make it interesting.

Getting There

From Lincoln Memorial Drive, make a right on the road up Lafayette Hill (there's a Alterra Coffee there, as well as tennis courts). At the stop sign, make a left onto Lafayette Ave. Almost immediately, you hit Summit Ave; turn right and park. The wall is located under the bridge.

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Schulb72
Winston-Salem, NC
Schulb72   Winston-Salem, NC
Seconding Riverwestein, this can be a fun area just to play around on TR or try some trad placements but CHECK your placements. The rock can be crumbly in some places.

Also, always fun to get a shout out from the nearby condo tenants :) Feb 23, 2013
Andy N.
Milwaukee, WI
Andy N.   Milwaukee, WI
This same wall can easily be top-roped or lead. Cams hold pretty well in many of the cracks, but the walls are crumbly in some places, so TEST YOUR ANCHORS!! Set up your anchor point where Summit Ave meets Lafayette - the northwest corner of that intersection. There's a concrete wall bordering the sidewalk on Summit. Just north of the concrete is a wood-log fence. Climb over the fence, and attach webbing at the base of the fence post and at the base of one of the few trees right there. You'll have to climb through some trees and you'll look rather suspicious doing it, so be quick.

If done right, your anchor point for top-roping or your finishing point for leading will sit right at the top of this ~25ft wall. Rappel down to the pedestrian path to begin your climb.

Bring a towel to dry your shoes as the base of the climb starts in oft-wet grass, and water frequently seeps through the limestone bricks nearer to the bridge, puddling at its base.

Expect oohs & ahhs from surprised joggers and bicyclists, and don't be surprised to see onlookers watching comfortably from their patios at the twin Park Lafayette condos towers opposite the climb.


Click or Copy+paste this google maps link to see the location. Climb this fence, and create your top anchor point as I explained above:

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Scroll down to zoom out and see the specific location. Aug 20, 2012

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