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DescriptionAREA IS CLOSED TO CLIMBING. INCLUDED HERE FOR HISTORICAL REFERENCE ONLY, IN CASE THIS AREA EVER OPENS TO CLIMBING AGAIN IN THE FUTURE.
DO NOT CLIMB HERE!!!
Scientific and Natural Area, no dogs, no camping, tread lightly. Granite Boulders.
From Chris Craft: This area was discovered by Dave Brandt in the summer of 2001 and developed with help from the Prairie Walls crew. Myself and a few others added lines here and there from 2002-2005. I was lucky enough to be around when both Dead Leaves and the Tetanus Kettle were sent (Thanks Nic O. and Jim M.)
A rough guide to this area was written up by Mike Munter in late 2004/early 2005. While lots of the names of the boulders and problems in this guide didn't match up to names give by first ascentionists, it was well written and great as far as showing people where to go. This is likely where much of the confusion as far as names/grades/FA's originates.
Paul Getzke: Swede's is spread out, and so far I have found three main areas. The first, referred to as the Skink Boulders in the guide, is the first area you come across as you walk from your car toward the quarry. The main boulder is a big boy, but better problems are found down the hill on a second boulder. Problems like Swedish Lighting and Swedish Meatballs can be found there. As you continue walking, you will come to a "T" intersection. Ahead of you is the quarry. The left trail goes to the Lost Boulders, where some of the video was shot. The right trail goes around the quarry until you walk past a bunch of huge stacked granite blocks. Before the stacked blocks, look for a yellow DNR sign that is mostly hidden in the brush. Follow, bushwhack or whatever past the sign and you will find the Kung Fu boulders.
Chris Craft: There is another area on the edge of the pond one hikes past as she approaches the Skink Boulders. It's approximately halfway between the parking area and the visible Skink Boulder. There are a few easier climbs with one hard one going up the left side of the triangular face of the boulder that's just inside the edge of the pond. You need thick ice to be able to climb on these boulders. Pocket Change (listed in Munter's guide at V6, is my hardest FA at Swede's, and likely the thinnest climb there). It follows the left arete and uses very small crimps on the face for one's right hand.
CLOSED TO CLIMBING Details
Swede's Forest is currently closed to climbing. As it is considered a Scientific & Natural Area, climbing in Swede's Forest is illegal. MN DNR is working on getting signs made to post at the parking area.
Classic Climbing Routes at Swede's Forest Boulders
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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