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Elevation: 964 ft
GPS: 46.133, -92.856 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Zach Bramel on Jul 21, 2014
Admins: Kris Gorny, Chris treggE

Description

The best bouldering between Colorado and the NE US. There are about 40 problems, most on high quality sandstone. The texture is more Rocktown grain than So Ill grain, which, personally, I think is about as good as sandstone gets. It's best in the fall and winter, as springs here are wet, and summers are buggy.
Access is only recently possible on this land, and it is a huge deal that we are now able to climb here. Let's take good care of it. Some suggestions for being kind to our new area:

PICK UP YOUR trash.
NEVER use a wire brush, or a brush with very stiff bristles. A "soft" nylon toothbrush or a boars hair brush should be fine.
WIPE OFF your feet before you step on, as grit on the bottom of your shoes will polish the holds.
WAIT 2-3 DAYS after it rains so that you don't rip off any holds (they come off easier when they are still a little wet.
DO NOT CHIP or manufacture holds. This is grounds for excommunication. See Ivan Greene's story: dpmclimbing.com/articles/vi…
So yeah, don't do that.
DO NOT cut down trees to access boulders (except on trail building days - under the guidance of land managers). Embrace the local climbing ethic that all life is valuable.
DO NOT use a blow torch on the rock. This permanently damages the rock.

Look for the classics Warm up Wall v3-6, (problem Left of Pocket Hercules) v3, The Best v5 in MN v5, Pocket Hercules v8, Tengo de la Muerte v10, and The Raven v12, and many others.

Getting There

The old way to access this area was to park at Robinson and walk across the bridge. I never actually used the road that approaches from the same side of the river. I'll have to get back to you on how to do that.

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Mounds View, MN
David Gloe   Mounds View, MN
The Minnesota Bouldering Guidebook has much more information about bouldering here. You can pick it up at Vertical Endeavors or online here: escapeclimbing.com/extra/mn… Oct 26, 2017
The gate was dummy locked when I found it, and access now requires a MN State Park pass and climbing permit (free from Banning State Park). Aug 19, 2017
Hamburglar Naymark   Denver
Sean, you are the man!
Cole Apr 14, 2015
JesseJ  
Any more word yet on what problems are here? I've found most of the classics listed, but I'm definitely a few short of the 40 that are supposed to be here. I've got some pictures from what I believe to be warm-up wall, and best v5, but I just don't know enough to post the climbs themselves yet Sep 9, 2014
The parking lot at Eldon is now open to the community. Read details here: mnclimbers.org/news/parking… Aug 15, 2014

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