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Elevation: 1,388 ft 423 m
GPS: 43.405, -89.72901
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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.
V1 5
 88
Tall Boy
Boulder
V3 6A
 98
Flying Mancuso
Boulder
V5 6C
 21
Power of the Scoop
Boulder
V5 6C PG13
 4
The Titan (aka Birthday Prow)
Boulder
V6 7A
 59
Amazing Pillar
Boulder
V6 7A
 91
Starfish
Boulder
V6 7A
 11
Corner right of Starfish
Boulder
V6 7A PG13
 5
Vision Quest
Boulder
V7 7A+
 25
There is no White Knight
Boulder
V8 7B
 13
The Magician
Boulder
V8 7B
 22
Green Haze
Boulder
V8 7B
 7
Shark Tooth
Boulder
V8 7B
 9
White Rabbit
Boulder
V9- 7C
 11
Man of War
Boulder
V10 7C+
 14
Full Sail
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tall Boy 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 88
V1 5 Boulder
Flying Mancuso 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 98
V3 6A Boulder
Power of the Scoop 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 21
V5 6C Boulder
The Titan (aka Birthday Prow) 13. Boomtown
 4
V5 6C PG13 Boulder
Amazing Pillar 03. The Reserve > Amazing Pillar
 59
V6 7A Boulder
Starfish 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 91
V6 7A Boulder
Corner right of Starfish 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 11
V6 7A Boulder
Vision Quest 10. Vision Quest/Chode
 5
V6 7A PG13 Boulder
There is no White Knight 02. Ghost Talus > White Knight
 25
V7 7A+ Boulder
The Magician 03. The Reserve > Amazing Pillar
 13
V8 7B Boulder
Green Haze 02. Ghost Talus > Green Fire
 22
V8 7B Boulder
Shark Tooth 05. Shark Tooth
 7
V8 7B Boulder
White Rabbit 03. The Reserve > Amazing Pillar
 9
V8 7B Boulder
Man of War 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 11
V9- 7C Boulder
Full Sail 02. Ghost Talus > Green Fire
 14
V10 7C+ Boulder
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