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Aimless Wanderer TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Battle Of the Bulge TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dean's Torture TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Down On The Corner TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Hanging By A Tendon TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Howling Coyotes TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Kings & Queens TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
On the Roof TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Ririe Gully TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Smooth Transitions TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Up Against The Wall TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
White Dome TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Yellow Jacket Crack TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Elevation: 5,178 ft
GPS: 43.581, -111.74 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Ty Madsen on Jun 4, 2010
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Short basalt boulders/cliff right on the side of the reservoir. All routes are top-rope only. Long pieces of webbing are recommended for use as anchors. Steel poles cemented on top of cliff should be used for On the Roof, Aimless Wanderer, and White Dome. 60 meter rope can be set up to two side-by-side routes.
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Getting There

Drive East on Swan Valley Highway (if coming from Idaho Falls) until you reach Meadow Creek Road. Turn right. Continue for 3 miles to the entrance. Turn right toward parking. Just below parking area is where the cliffs are located. A trail to the south descends to the base of the cliffs.

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David Ashby
Rexburg, Idaho
David Ashby   Rexburg, Idaho
Had a great morning climbing until the deputy sheriff came and told us that we were climbing on private property. When I asked him who owned the land, he withdrew his private property comment and said that it was BLM land. There are "No Trespassing" signs posted on the fence above this area. The fence only goes so far and we walked right around the fence following the trail. We told the deputy that the signage was confusing and that there were blogs and websites citing this area as open to climbing. When we asked him why they closed it down, he said that too many people got hurt. I asked him what the injuries were from, and it sounds like too many stupid kids come out here to go cliff jumping. Instead of posting signs for no cliff jumping they just posted signs for no trespassing. It's totally stupid. Sheriff was cool about everything. Checked out our DLs, then let us go.

Anyway, be aware that the Sheriff's dept. patrols this area regularly and they are trying to stop climbers and cliff jumpers.

It's a shame. We had a great time climbing this morning. The routes aren't terribly difficult but have some fun cracks and challenging in places depending on the routes/moves you try. Sep 20, 2014
Rexburg, Idaho
Scottay   Rexburg, Idaho
Still open to climbing but there is a 3 dollar entrance fee to the reservoir. The routes are very short and a couple of them (the ones by Yellow Jacket crack) sometimes have quite a few yellow jackets hanging out in key holds but the setting is spectacular and the climbing is fun. Sep 15, 2013
What makes you think its closed? I have gone night climbing there a few times with friends in the past. Actually a lot of fun. It would be fun to bolt some routes, get a Ross-park type area going for beginning leads. Jul 27, 2012
this area may very well be closed to climbing now.

but if not, some of the shittier anchor bolts have been replaced i believe. Jul 19, 2012
I haven't climbed many of these routes, so if anyone has any further information regarding them, feel free to let me know or post something. Jun 5, 2010

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