Elevation: 956 ft
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Shared By: James Schroeder on Sep 22, 2006 with improvements by Cals Chers
Admins: Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, chris tregge

Description

Hillbilly Hollow is a nice little sandstone bluff hidden behind a wayside along highway 39/51 in central Wisconsin. It has also gone by the following names Pasamead (Psamead?) Hollow, Area 51 and Liberty Rocks. It is a quiet getaway sporting about a day's worth of climbing.

At "The Hollow" one will find both traditional and sport routes ranging in difficulty from 5.6 to 5.13a. Two ultra-classic routes, Zig-zag Crack (5.10a Trad/TR) and Swiss Cheese (5.8 Sport/TR) make Hillbilly Hollow worth a stop if you are in the area.

Please be quiet and respectful when climbing here.  DO NOT CLIMB ON WET SANDSTONE!  Give the rock a day or preferably 2 to dry out after any soaking rain.  

Getting There

To find the wayside (Rest Area 81) start out southbound on Highway 39/51 from the Highway 21 interchange or further north. (Note: if approaching from the south one has to drive 5 min. past the wayside exit at Highway 21 and return southbound.) The wayside is located at about mile marker 120 (approx. 7 miles north of Westfield exit 113).

Once in the wayside locate the shelter/bathrooms. Walk around the shelter on the left (east) side and locate a trail into the woods approx. 50 ft southeast of the shelter. Follow this trail through the woods, and slightly uphill. Upon reaching the shoulder of the ridgeline (this will all be apparent at the time), continue left to follow the trail into the canyon and the base of the climbs - or go right to access the top of the routes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hillbilly Hollow

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A
 6
Moonshine
Boulder
V4 6B
 3
Sex Muscle
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 32
5.6 dihedral
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 23
Left Side Dihedral (aka Corner C…
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 16
Penitent Crack
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 9
Two Hands of Prayer
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 86
End of the Innocence
Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 80
Curse of the Drill
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 106
Swiss Cheese
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 25
Pine Tree Crack
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 85
PWB Arete
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 41
Zig-zag crack
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 31
Sunset Ascent
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 19
Manic Depression
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 13
Generation Gap
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Moonshine Hillbilly Bouldering
 6
V3 6A Boulder
Sex Muscle Hillbilly Bouldering
 3
V4 6B Boulder
5.6 dihedral Hillbilly Routes
 32
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Left Side Dihedral (aka Cor… Hillbilly Routes
 23
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Penitent Crack Hillbilly Routes
 16
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Two Hands of Prayer Hillbilly Routes
 9
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
End of the Innocence Hillbilly Routes
 86
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Curse of the Drill Hillbilly Routes
 80
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Swiss Cheese Hillbilly Routes
 106
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Pine Tree Crack Hillbilly Routes
 25
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
PWB Arete Hillbilly Routes
 85
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Zig-zag crack Hillbilly Routes
 41
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Sunset Ascent Hillbilly Routes
 31
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Manic Depression Hillbilly Routes
 19
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Generation Gap Hillbilly Routes
 13
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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