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Column Direct

5.9+, Trad, TR, 85 ft,  Avg: 2.9 from 62 votes
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Minnesota > Interstate SP (… > Minnesota Strip

Description

Climb the detached leaning column without using either side of the arete for holds. The crux comes about two thirds of the way up this large block. Reach the top of the block and continue up the right side of the face taking a direct route. A fun and challenging route, that tests your balance and flexibility.
  • RCM&W #51, p.166.

Location

This route lies in the middle of the prominent column on the left, further side of the Minnesota strip.

Protection

Nuts, and small cams should do it. Standard top rope setup.

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column direct?
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Mr. Hat on "Column Direct", 5.9+, nearing the top.  Off to the left, Shirtless Mark can be seen in the middle of "Armor All" 5.10a
[Hide Photo] Mr. Hat on "Column Direct", 5.9+, nearing the top. Off to the left, Shirtless Mark can be seen in the middle of "Armor All" 5.10a
Blake on the column
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One of the tallest climbs for the area....and yes, technically cheating.
[Hide Photo] One of the tallest climbs for the area....and yes, technically cheating.
Minnesota Strip Left
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Philip Carlton
Minneapolis, MN
[Hide Comment] Did this one today. Bring some BD micro stoppers or similar to protect the crux; small Wallnuts wouldn't seat as nicely into the crack 2/3 of the way up the column. May 28, 2008