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Shared By: Randers on Sep 7, 2009
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This is a boulder created by Monolithic Sculptures, Inc . It was recently installed in Hales Corners Park. It is a memorial to Jake Knapp, an 18 year old avid climber who passed away back in March 2004 due to a sudden seizure. His family donated the money for this rock to be placed in the park. There are plenty of trees around, so the area is shady. Although the rock is synthetic material, it is unbelievably like bouldering on real rock. You may have to put up with kids who like to play around the rock. It is surprising how many different problems are on this boulder. Tons of pockets, edges, and jugs all over this thing. Its great!

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The boulder is in a wood-chip area immediately south of the Pool area and West of the Basketball courts.

Hales Corners Park, 5765 S. New Berlin Road. Hales Corners, WI 53130

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Remo   Madison, WI
Wow, this is special. A very sad story, but a great thing for the family to donate this to the community. Sep 8, 2009
Whoa! Awesome! I was discussing with someone earlier this type of installation and how to get it done. How is liability dealt with? Are the waivers or a sign posting dangers? Sep 9, 2009
I'm not sure of the exact year since it's been so long, but Jake did not pass away in 2009. More likely 2002 or thereabouts. Hard to believe it's been that long.

That said, I'm super psyched to finally go check out this boulder after hearing about it for so long. It looks a great way to remember Jake and the plaque says it all. Sep 9, 2009
Waukesha, WI
Randers   Waukesha, WI
Correction. I found out it was March 2004 according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Sep 9, 2009
Waukesha, WI
Randers   Waukesha, WI
Picture Caption From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

"John Knapp and his son Josh climb the newly installed Jake’s Rock climbing boulder at Hales Corners Park on Wednesday. The boulder was donated to the park by the Knapp family to honor Jacob, who died suddenly from a seizure in March 2004. The purchase of the 16-foot-long, 11-foot-tall boulder was made possible from donations given to the family at the time of Jacob’s death and fund-raisers. Jacob, a climber, was 18 and a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the time of his death. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Jack Orton" Sep 10, 2009
One of the Jake Knapp's that you two are talking about did pass away this March 2009 of a sudden seizure as well. They call this SUPDEP "sudden unexplained death in epilepsy" and he was my brother and not a climber especially with his socks and sandals. If you want to see our Jake Knapp we have a website with his storyjakeconnect.weebly.com

I am deeply sorry for the loss of your Jake Knapp. Sep 13, 2009
Ryan Strong
Golden, CO
Ryan Strong   Golden, CO
Jake's Rock has pretty much an endless amount of problems depending on your creativity. I put up a few routes just to give people an idea of what the stone looks like and how moderate some of the holds can be. Come check it out it would be awesome to see more climbers frequent Jake's Rock. PM me if you ever wanna meet up it is near my house! Jul 21, 2011
John Hayes 1
John Hayes 1   Shorewood
Nice rock for a quick climb, dip in the pool with the kids, and followed up by some more boulder challenges. My kids (6 and 8) visited today for the first time and loved it. Both boys, who climb regularly, and me found plenty of fun challenges on this thing. Anyone know what it's made of? Fiberglass mostly? Very cool, no matter what. Respect to Jake and family. Jul 13, 2015
Rem Secora Pearl
Marlborough, MA
Rem Secora Pearl   Marlborough, MA
This is a great family-friendly rock-like structure with a good number of easy to challenging boulder routes. Oct 31, 2018