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Routes in Wisconsin Strip

Batman TR 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Cathuseleft T,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Cathuselum T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Chimney Left Face T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Deuchler's Corner Center TR 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Deuchler's Corner Left T,TR 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Deuchler's Corner Right TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Impossible Crack T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Inside Corner TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lloyd's Lament TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Mother T,TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Old Man TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Outside Corner TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Rurp City T,TR 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Scare Case TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Softer Than Ice, Harder Than Diamonds T,TR 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Split the Difference T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Triple Overhang T,TR 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
chimney T,TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
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Description

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.

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John W. Knoernschild   Wisconsin
Please post some photos. So many routes have been added without a single photo. Mar 30, 2010
Mr. Mix
Sauk City, WI
Mr. Mix   Sauk City, WI
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. Feb 18, 2012
Zach Bramel   MN
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. May 15, 2012
Matt Grotenhuis
Minnetonka, MN
Matt Grotenhuis   Minnetonka, MN
It's a long shot, but I left 2 cams and some other gear at the top of Batman on August 5th when I had to leave in a hurry. If anyone picked them up, I'd definitely appreciate getting them back. Aug 21, 2015
Peter Stangl
Minnesota
Peter Stangl   Minnesota
Fun area! Only thing to look out for is people messing with your gear placement if you set up a TR. You'll be down below, while people are walking by up top. Jan 10, 2018
I see that one of the area's major historical routes was either left out or given the wrong name." Walking on air" is a route that ascends a tricky slab to a rest on the corner and then goes straight up the face just left of Batman. For those of you who believe that you've bagged a first ascent doing anything in this area i.e Scare Case, better think again. Just about every possible variation of anything on the Wisconsin strip, for the exception of Diamonds and Ice, was probably climbed by a combination of Tom Duechler, Tom Anderson, Dick Anderson, and/or Dick Wildberger back in the late 70's. Apr 5, 2018

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