Elevation: 1,388 ft
GPS: 43.405, -89.729 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Doug Hemken on Sep 25, 2009
Admins: Ian CB, James Schroeder, chris tregge, Doug Hemken

Description

The South Bluff is the large, mesa-like ridge that sits south of the lake and north of Sauk Prairie Recreation Area.  With no official trails, the bouldering on the South Bluff can feel remote (for the Midwest).  There are fairly easy to follow user trails to The Reserve and the Burma Boulders, but everything else requires some bushwhacking, boulder-hopping, or both.  Wherever you go, you are likely to have the place to yourself.

Most of the bouldering is up near the mesa rim, where quartzite ledges and boulders form a crown around the hilltop.  Many of the areas along the north rim, above South Shore Road, have wonderful views of the lake.

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Classic Climbing Routes at South Bluff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 66
Stairway
Boulder
V1 5
 57
Tall Boy
Boulder
V1 5
 3
Dorothy's Slab
Boulder
V2 5+
 55
Pocket Problem
Boulder
V3 6A
 30
SW Corner of Lake Boulder
Boulder
V3 6A
 63
Flying Mancuso
Boulder
V5 6C
 14
Power of the Scoop
Boulder
V5 6C PG13
 4
The Titan (aka Birthday Prow)
Boulder
V6 7A
 41
Amazing Pillar
Boulder
V6 7A
 56
Starfish
Boulder
V6 7A PG13
 3
Vision Quest
Boulder
V7 7A+
 15
There is no White Knight
Boulder
V8 7B
 8
The Magician
Boulder
V8 7B
 15
Green Haze
Boulder
V9 7C
 5
White Rabbit
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Stairway 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 66
V0 4 Boulder
Tall Boy 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 57
V1 5 Boulder
Dorothy's Slab 04. Cloven Hoof
 3
V1 5 Boulder
Pocket Problem 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 55
V2 5+ Boulder
SW Corner of Lake Boulder 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 30
V3 6A Boulder
Flying Mancuso 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 63
V3 6A Boulder
Power of the Scoop 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 14
V5 6C Boulder
The Titan (aka Birthday Prow) 13. Boomtown
 4
V5 6C PG13 Boulder
Amazing Pillar 03. The Reserve > Amazing Pillar
 41
V6 7A Boulder
Starfish 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 56
V6 7A Boulder
Vision Quest 10. Vision Quest/Chode
 3
V6 7A PG13 Boulder
There is no White Knight 02. Ghost Talus > White Knight
 15
V7 7A+ Boulder
The Magician 03. The Reserve > Amazing Pillar
 8
V8 7B Boulder
Green Haze 02. Ghost Talus > Green Fire
 15
V8 7B Boulder
White Rabbit 03. The Reserve > Amazing Pillar
 5
V9 7C Boulder
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