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Roof Burner

5.11-, Sport,  Avg: 3.2 from 133 votes
FA: Nate Postma, 1991
Minnesota > Barn Bluff (Red… > E End


Roof Burner is a great route for the grade at the bluff. Not very technical but quite sustained and pumpy. Climb up the slab to the right and traverse left to the first bolt. From there move left through the first roof. Climb up and a bit right on increasingly pumpy holds. At the second roof, traverse right across it's lower lip to a bolt above. Pull the second roof and straight to the chains from there. There aren't really any good rests on this route. A large spray painted area is at the base of this climb. Just around the corner from the "Winter Wall" easily recognized by the two roofs next to a left facing corner.


bolts, bring a shoulder sling for the first bolt

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Pulling over the roof
[Hide Photo] Pulling over the roof
Brennan on route
[Hide Photo] Brennan on route
[Hide Photo] Sepehr!
The line going up over the two roofs is Roof Burner
[Hide Photo] The line going up over the two roofs is Roof Burner
moving through the first roof
[Hide Photo] moving through the first roof
View from the bottom
[Hide Photo] View from the bottom

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chris tregge
[Hide Comment] The wandering nature of this climb makes it long and pumpy. Bring a long sling for the bolt under the roof to reduce drag. Jun 1, 2007
[Hide Comment] The easiest roofy route at Red Wing, and one of the best routes. The character changes a couple of times, and the rock is good. Oct 25, 2007
randy baum
Minneapolis, MN
[Hide Comment] goes on gear. small nuts. singles of blue, yellow, orange TCUs; singles of #2,3 camalots. three to four 24" runners. Oct 25, 2008
[Hide Comment] The route description doesn't agree with my recollection of this climb. I believe the climb goes to the right of the bolt line, directly over the first roof. It is significantly harder this way, I believe its 5.11 rating is correct. Climbed as described, it seems more an alternative finish to Barn Dance and definitely no harder than 5.9. May 2, 2010
Evan Johnson
Minneapolis, MN
[Hide Comment] Q1: What is the bolt off to the right of the bolt line for? There would be some crazy rope drag if you were to clip it along with any of the others to the left. It appears to be by itself.

Q2: Is the jug on the left side of the first roof off route? Haven't seen any responses to Mark Wehde's comment. Jul 11, 2011
[Hide Comment] Re: Mark Wehde's comment, the route did historically go right at the first roof. The crack above & left of the first roof was off route. A few years back the key hold on the face above the roof broke making the move over the roof, not using the crack, harder than before ... Probably 5.12 something. The route also historically used the bolt out right rather than the bolt(s) on the left, which were added later. The right route surmounts a second bulge and is harder than the left variation. Aug 27, 2011
Ted Kryzer
Lakewood, CO
[Hide Comment] To sum it up, over hanging 5.10 climbing to make it 5.11. A must do. Sep 19, 2012
Anthony Miklas
Phoenix , Arizona
[Hide Comment] Super fun lead. Not a challenging 5.11, but fun nonetheless. Sep 9, 2015
[Hide Comment] When your at the chains and pumped there are plenty of good holds to the left to hold yourself there as you clip in. Aug 1, 2016
Kit Kercheval
[Hide Comment] I found two very good rests on this route and a mediocre knee bar on the first roof. Jun 28, 2018