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Chicago Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Jon Lauters on Jan 4, 2008  with updates from J. Stark
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Tucked away in a quiet corner of the park Chicago wall offers five challenging routes. Nothing's a giveaway over here. Pack a lunch.

Getting There 

From the circular parking area near the river access put the boat ramp on your left and head into the woods. You'll find a narrow foot trail leading into the woods through the tall grass. Follow this trail until you see a tall wall on your right with small caves in the face. Welcome to Chi-Town.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.9 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Chicago Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Chicago Wall:
Chicago Business Trip   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
Kneel Before Zod   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
Son of Jor-El   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Nate pulling down on Son of Jor-El

Son of Jor-El 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Iowa : Pictured Rocks : Chicago Wall
Scramble up past the smaller cave on the right to start. Steep route with big moves to good holds. Sustained....[more]   Browse More Classics in Iowa

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By J. Stark
From: Iowa
Mar 20, 2016
Three new routes in the 11a range. All open and ready for action.
By J. Stark
From: Iowa
Jun 16, 2016
A few thoughts.

Whether you are climbing or belaying, wearing a helmet is always a good idea.

New routes will always have a bit of rockfall. A competent developer should take the time to remove loose rock in an effort to keep belayers as safe as possible. However, these routes are on limestone and erosion is constant.

If you are a spectator you should NOT be under an active climber. People at the crag need to have situational awareness. Anything kicked or pulled off the route is going to fall down and if you're in the wrong spot and not paying attention you could end up getting injured or worse.

Human error is always going to be an issue. Whether through innocent ignorance or blatant stupidity, a climber crawling into a small cave and trundling large blocks is outside the control of the most diligent developer. Simply put I didn't take the blocks out of the cave because I didn't foresee competent climbers venturing inside, but rather past it and continuing up the route.

Climb safe and have fun.

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