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Minnesota Strip

Minnesota > Interstate SP (Taylor…

Description

The Minnesota strip is probably one of the most popular climbing destinations at Taylor's Falls if not in all of Minnesota, and rightly so. It contains a high concentration of high quality routes ranging in difficulty from 5.5 to 5.11. It is probably the highest cliff lines at Taylor's Falls, with routes ranging from 70-90 feet. The majority of the routes here are leadable using traditional protection.

Getting There

From the parking lot/visitor's center (the park entrance nearest town) walk down the paved road toward the boat dock. As this road deadends at the river boat take a right down a hiking trail. Walk about 20 yards to the base of the Minnesota strip.

Top Rope Approach/Descent: Two approachs exist. The first is to the climber's right up a trail that leads to the old parking lot on Highway 8. Walk past the old parking lot to the left scrambling over several large boulders to the top of the climbs. The second approach is on the climber's left. Scramble to the base of Number 6 a.k.a. The Bulge and continue to the climber's left. A third class gully leads to the top.

Routes from Left to Right

5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 113
Number 6 a.k.a. The Bulge
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 32
Fancy Dancer
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 62
Blue Moon
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 43
The Column
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 62
Column Direct
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 48
Columeister
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 31
Jammermeister
Trad, TR
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 1
Organic
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 45
Good Knight
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 61
Fallen Knight
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 9
Armor All
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 101
Piece of Cake
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 48
Piece of Pie
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 78
Rose Bush
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 15
Pink Pants Delight (unknown)
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 7
Station 62
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Number 6 a.k.a. The Bulge
 113
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Fancy Dancer
 32
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, TR
Blue Moon
 62
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
The Column
 43
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Column Direct
 62
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Columeister
 48
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Jammermeister
 31
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Organic
 1
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c TR
Good Knight
 45
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Fallen Knight
 61
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Armor All
 9
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Piece of Cake
 101
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Piece of Pie
 48
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Rose Bush
 78
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Pink Pants Delight (unknown)
 15
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Station 62
 7
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR

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rosebud
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Cali!
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Fall shot of Minnesota strip. Climber on top rope is on The Column
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The Real Thing
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Sonny & Juanita area
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piece of cake/pie
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Looking up at Jammemister
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Minnesota Strip Right
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The main wall, Minnesota strip
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The Minnesota Strip: (From L to R) The Bulge, Fancy Dancer, Blue Moon, The Column, The Column Direct, Fallen Knight, Good Knight, Piece of Cake, Piece of Pie, Angel Food (Far Right)
[Hide Photo] The Minnesota Strip: (From L to R) The Bulge, Fancy Dancer, Blue Moon, The Column, The Column Direct, Fallen Knight, Good Knight, Piece of Cake, Piece of Pie, Angel Food (Far Right)
A shot of the Minnesota Strip taken from kayaks with the Column, Columnmeister, The Bulge and Blue Moon in view.
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Bulge, Blue Moon, Column
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Ian Harmon
Minneapolis, MN
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thanks ian!

-=glenn=- Jun 7, 2006