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Areas in Jeff's World (MN/CA border)

Browns Bay 1 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Crane Lake DWS 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Crane Lake Wall 3 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Emerald Wall 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Government Bay 1 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Grandma' cabin, little vermillion lake 2 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Jeff's World (Proper) 1 / 23 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 23
M&M Hill - Crane Lake 4 / 27 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 31
Mooselandia 0 / 3 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Namakan DWS 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Secret Lake and Warmup wall 7 / 31 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 37
Serenity Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Sunset Boulders 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Swamp Wall 0 / 10 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Vermillion Gorge 0 / 0 / 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Elevation: 1,122 ft
GPS: 48.265, -92.488 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: jeffengel on Oct 6, 2007
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Description [Suggest Change]

Jeff's World is accessed through Crane Lake, MN. You may know of Crane Lake as the gateway to Voyager National park, the BWCAW and Quetico Provincial park, but it is also the gateway to some great single pitch climbing. All on good granite. Some of it is covered with lichens, but there is quite a bit that is very clean. There is bouldering, sport climbing, top roping and trad routes. There is still plenty of undeveloped potential available.

Most of Jeff's World climbing is accessed by water, so a boat or a canoe is a a good thing to have.

Much of the established climbing is actually in Canada and are accessed by first clearing Canadian customs at the port of entry on Sandpoint lake. Sandpoint lake is the next lake north of Crane lake. You can get to the climbing areas on the Canadian side of the boarder without clearing customs. To do that you have to first obtain a Remote Area Boarder Crossing Permit (RABC). With an RABC permit you can travel within 5 miles of the boarder without clearing customs. See the following web site to obtain an RABC permit. They take about 2 months to get.

cbsa.gc.ca/travel/canpass/r…

If you don't have a boat or canoe to get to the climbing areas, there are outfitters that will pick you up at Crane lake and deliver you (and your canoe if you don't want to paddle the 12 miles) to the Canadian climbing areas. These outfitters will also rent boats or canoes. If you really want to get plush, gets some people together and rent a houseboat for the week. Below are some links with more information about Crane Lake outfitters:

visitcranelake.com/index.html
voyagaire.com/
norwaylodge.com/
anderson-outfitters.com/
handbergs.com/
visitcranelake.com/resorts/…
visitcranelake.com/resorts/…

Getting There [Suggest Change]

To get to Crane Lake from Minneapolis/St Paul, take I-35 to Cloquet. At Cloquet take SR-33 to US -53. US -53 goes all the way to International falls. After passing through Virgina Minnesota you will eventually get to the town of Orr. At Orr turn east on CR - 23 to Crane lake. Its at the end of the road in about 28 miles.

See the beta picture for a satellite view of the crane lake area and all the climbing areas.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Jeff's World (MN/CA border)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Gary Gnu
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Poison Ivy
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Spellbound Arete
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Old Man Smoldering (OMS)
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
Baby Come Home
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Crazy
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Assassin's Creed
Sport 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
Qisma (kiss-mah)
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 8
Gargoyle
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 4
Blueberry Fortress
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 4
Electric Stegosaurus
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 4
Hotel Catahoula
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
Popcorn
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 4
Reflections
Sport
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 3
Cathedral
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gary Gnu Secret Lake and Warmu…
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Poison Ivy Secret Lake and Warmu…
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Spellbound Arete Emerald Wall
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Old Man Smoldering (OMS) Secret Lake and Warmu…
 4
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Baby Come Home Secret Lake and Warmu…
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Crazy M&M Hill - Cran… > Willie Wall
 3
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Assassin's Creed M&M Hill - Cran… > C Section
 4
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Qisma (kiss-mah) Secret Lake and Warmu…
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Gargoyle Jeff's World (Proper)
 8
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Blueberry Fortress Government Bay
 4
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Electric Stegosaurus Swamp Wall
 4
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Hotel Catahoula Secret Lake and Warmu…
 4
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Popcorn Secret Lake and Warmu…
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Reflections Secret Lake and Warmu…
 4
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Cathedral Jeff's World (Proper)
 3
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
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Paul Getzke
Bloomington, mn
Paul Getzke   Bloomington, mn
I am very excited about the future of bouldering around the Buyck/Crane Lake area. The entire area is the remains of an ancient mountain range and granite outcrops all over the place. Big boulders are not exactly plentiful, but they are out there to find in the thick northern woods. The region has to be one of the most remote-feeling area in Minnesota and that makes for good adventure bouldering. Car camping is 5 star at Lake Jeanette and also good at Echo Lake. There is very little useful information to be found on the web, but if you keep looking you will find some videos and blogs describing a few of the boulders, but they never say where they really are. I have found quite a few at this point, but will respect "the mystery" until someone decides to post them on this site. I highly recommend this area if you like bouldering and camping in Boundary Waters-like beauty, but also like having the creature comforts of car camping. Mar 18, 2011
Bria Schurke   MN
Partners Wanted

Living in and out of Ely this summer and fall..Ive got a car, a canoe and sport and trad gear. Hit me up if you want to climb in the area!

bria.schurke@gmail.com Jun 6, 2016
A taste of what you are in for if you travel to Crane Lake and beyond.


vimeo.com/157768423 Sep 7, 2016
KurtH  
Anderson's offers shuttles priced at about $150 for a boat of that holds up to 12 people and 6 canoes to get to the Clearwater Bay of Sandpoint Lake (where the trailhead to Secret Lake begins). This price is one way, so for a trip with 6 people each person would contribute $50 round trip. A good option if you are short on time, otherwise the canoe can take anywhere form 2.5 - 5 hours depending on wind (or longer if it's REALLY windy). Jun 12, 2017

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