Elevation: 1,131 ft
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Shared By: TravisMelin on Jun 22, 2007
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Spray-painted walls, busted beer bottles, and cups strewn everywhere from the frequent underage drinking parties would keep most away from this La Crosse crag. However the local climber will find that there are several super classic lines here that would be a pity to pass up because of the mess. BEWARE - Any ledge under 8 feet up may very well have broken glass on it, large rope tarp is a must to avoid glass shards.

Getting There

The first pull out after the Alpine Inn on the left. Park around the big oak tree, hike west up the road 10 feet, then cut left and down into to woods on a good trail. Approach takes about 5 min.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Witches Cauldron

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5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Yeast of Burden
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Yeast of Burden
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
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JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
Well, yah, judging from the photos, things haven't changed all that much at Witches... It's a shame, but what can you do about underage drinking? Yeast of Burden was one of my first TR projects. I actually popped a knuckle on that thing...

When I was in highschool we used to do regular glass clean ups both at Witches and Georges point, hauling out 5 gallon buckets of glass and various other party necessities. You know, dirty panties, used condems, old matresses...

For a while I maintained a garbage can at Georges, but with no releif in sight...

What can you do? I hope the routes are climbing well, and that maybe some more local highschool kids will pick up the sport and care just a little more.

JJ Sep 7, 2008
chris tregge
chris tregge   Beersconsin  
The graffiti and glass sort of add to the charm. The pics I posted were in no way supposed to be a slam. I have gathered what seemed like 100's of blue plastic cups from the "firepit" before, but it was actually pretty clean yesterday. The routes here are good, though I would say not nearly as straightforward as at Meader or Adidas (for better or worse). I sandbagged us with my faulty memory-- I thought I remembered the far left route being 10a from this site, and as an onsight warmup I was like, "holy crap, 10a??? I suck!!" Anyway it's good to get sandbagged every once in a while, esp. if it turns out it's just your own senility. Also yeah, Yeast is a good route, surprisingly tricky crux section for 11+. This is a nice little area away from the main Grandad bluff. Sep 7, 2008
Garrett Soper
Duluth, Minnesota
Garrett Soper   Duluth, Minnesota
Is it possible to approach from the top to put a TR on the far left route? Nov 17, 2008
chris tregge
chris tregge   Beersconsin  
I would think so, just not sure what your rap anchor would be, a tree? Look here and it looks like nathan raps in, so you should be able to as well. Or just lead it, it's safe lead. Dec 31, 2008
Corey Morris
Landstuhl, Germany
Corey Morris   Landstuhl, Germany
JJ, Yeast is now bolted different than the "original" line used to be...and thats ok. Oct 10, 2013
Highly recommend having a helmet for your belayer. Lots of decent sized rocks came off, even after it's been dry for several days. Jul 30, 2018