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Paul Getzke

Bloomington, mn
65 years old · Male

Member Since
Jun 23, 2009
Last Visit: Aug 12, 2016
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Leads Follows
Boulders V4
Favorite Climbs
Minnesota Bouldering
Other Interests
Eating, Drinking and Smoking, not always in that order
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I started climbing over 30 years ago and quickly found bouldering to be my real calling. I haven't owned a rope since 1995! I climb outside year-round and particularly like winter bouldering, when the air is super dry, the sun is out and the temps are moderate. The past 12 years or so I have been quietly developing The Big Boulder, North Shore Overhangs and The Mysterious Island, all in the Louisville Swamp near the Twin Cities. I have also spent a great deal of time scoping out the potential near Duluth, Odessa and Granite Falls. I have competed in the Phoenix Bouldering Contest twice, placing in the top ten in my age group (OK, so there were only 10 guys in my over 50 age group). My early role model was John Gill and I have traded emails with him on more than one occasion. Sadly, he has never climbed in Minnesota.


Comments View All 28

Aug 12, 2016
Perhaps exfoliation would be a better word. The granite layers exfoliate from the heat of the fire. View Comment
Jul 15, 2016
So does anyone know what's up with Falling Ant Slab? I was there in June and was surprised to see 2 or… View Comment
Feb 19, 2016
I hate to keep asking, but is anyone willing to give the location of the Vermillion Gorge Boulder? It is a… View Comment
Sep 23, 2015
The North Shore Overhangs was not covered by the Minnesota Bouldering Guide and it has not been officially… View Comment
Jan 9, 2015
By all means we must respect "the rules", but I have to say this has been one of my favorite problems for y… View Comment
Sep 29, 2014
I would like to thank all of those who worked so hard to open up bouldering at Banning State Park (and the… View Comment

Forum Messages View All 7

General > Training Forum
Reply: Hard bouldering @ 40+... guys and gals who still c…
Jan 18, 2016 I am age 62 and have been bouldering for a very, very long time. I am still climbing pretty much whatever I want to. Yes, I have been lucky in the injury department. My secr… View Message
Regional > Midwest
Reply: Blue Mound Camping
Jun 24, 2015 Free camping is hard to come by in that part of Minnesota...no National Forest Service land to take advantage of like most other parts of the state. No forests at all really.… View Message
Regional > Midwest
Reply: Louisville Swamp Boulder Conditions
Apr 30, 2014 I climbed at the Swamp twice last week, between rainy days. The approach to the boulder was not flooded at that time. I was thinking about going again this weekend, but expect… View Message
Regional > Midwest
Reply: Devil's Lake rating system
May 7, 2013 Climbing ratings at Devils Lake and Taylors Falls in Minnesota began with the F scale. Since the end of the scale was supposed to be F10, things started to bunch up once stand… View Message
Regional > Midwest
Reply: Katy MO limestone
Aug 16, 2012 I had to consult a map, but Katy is near Columbia and that area has a lot of limestone to climb. Back in the 1980's, I had a client in Columbia and traveled there several time… View Message
Regional > Midwest
Reply: Place to rent climbing shoes in Minneapolis?
Jul 31, 2012 REI/Bloomington rents rock climbing shoes View Message

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