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East Side- Backbone Ridge 0 / 0 / 0 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
West Side- Backbone Ridge 0 / 0 / 0 / 45 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 45

Description

Backbone Ridge is the northern half of the Group B bouldering area. I have split it into 2 sections, the west side and the east side due to the volume of established problems.

See topo map below:

Updated (2009) Group B topo with Plan B Area and the Backbone Ridge split into east side and west side. Alternate approaches are the dotted lines.

Getting There

If nobody is camped at Group B, you can park there and walk through the site on the trail uphill. When you come to the saddle inbetween the 2 ridges, turn right. The eastern side is the side closest to Group B site. The western side is away from Group B campsite.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Backbone Ridge

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V0 4
 43
One Hand Clapping
Boulder
V1-2 5
 56
Picasso Right
Boulder
V2 5+
 46
Ashmatica
Boulder
V2 5+
 31
Scarete
Boulder
V3 6A
 37
Leaning Rock
Boulder
V3 6A
 49
Picasso center
Boulder
V3 6A
 39
Face Left of Wright's Arete
Boulder
V4 6B
 91
Get the Hell Outta Dodge
Boulder
V4 6B
 8
Midwest Hardcore (aka 6hrs)
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 97
Hangman
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 27
Left out
Boulder
V5- 6C
 36
Nameless
Boulder
V6 7A
 8
Product of the Southwest
Boulder
V7 7A+
 29
Highly Executed
Boulder
V8 7B
 17
Sandstone Violence
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
One Hand Clapping W Side- Backbone Ridge
 43
V0 4 Boulder
Picasso Right W Side- Backbone Ridge
 56
V1-2 5 Boulder
Ashmatica E Side- Backbone Ridge
 46
V2 5+ Boulder
Scarete W Side- Backbone Ridge
 31
V2 5+ Boulder
Leaning Rock W Side- Backbone Ridge
 37
V3 6A Boulder
Picasso center W Side- Backbone Ridge
 49
V3 6A Boulder
Face Left of Wright's Arete W Side- Backbone Ridge
 39
V3 6A Boulder
Get the Hell Outta Dodge E Side- Backbone Ridge
 91
V4 6B Boulder
Midwest Hardcore (aka 6hrs) W Side- Backbone Ridge
 8
V4 6B Boulder
Hangman E Side- Backbone Ridge
 97
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
Left out W Side- Backbone Ridge
 27
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Nameless W Side- Backbone Ridge
 36
V5- 6C Boulder
Product of the Southwest W Side- Backbone Ridge
 8
V6 7A Boulder
Highly Executed E Side- Backbone Ridge
 29
V7 7A+ Boulder
Sandstone Violence W Side- Backbone Ridge
 17
V8 7B Boulder
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Do NOT walk through the campsite if people are camping there!!!! The park staff were very perturbed by this! An easy bet is to park in the paved lot with the bathrooms on the road right before you reach the Camp B and then hike up through the woods. Jul 13, 2009
Chris treggE
Madison, Beersconsin
Chris treggE   Madison, Beersconsin  
Peter is too humble to post this, but it's a nice video of the "Backbone Ridge Hat Trick": (also some cool beta for SV)

vimeo.com/60232915 Mar 2, 2013
Remo
Madison, WI
Remo   Madison, WI
Hell yeah Peter! So were those all 2nd goes?;) Mar 5, 2013
RhodeIslandJeff
Westerly, RI
RhodeIslandJeff   Westerly, RI
A plethora of easy high ball vertical cracks. Backbone ridge is so much fun with some great sandstone features. A cool midweek afternoon in late April and I had the place to myself. At the end of my session I tried what I thought would be an easy narrow chimney on the west side and was sent packing. Can't wait to come back. Apr 24, 2014

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