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Jeff's World (MN/CA border)

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Jeff's World (MN/CA border) Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Jeff's World is accessed through Crane Lake, MN. You may know of Crane Lake as the gateway to Voyager National park, the BWCAW and Quetico Provincial park, but it is also the gateway to some great single pitch climbing. All on good granite. Some of it is covered with lichens, but there is quite a bit that is very clean. There is bouldering, sport climbing, top roping and trad routes. There is still plenty of undeveloped potential available.

Most of Jeff's World climbing is accessed by water, so a boat or a canoe is a a good thing to have.

Much of the established climbing is actually in Canada and are accessed by first clearing Canadian customs at the port of entry on Sandpoint lake. Sandpoint lake is the next lake north of Crane lake. You can get to the climbing areas on the Canadian side of the boarder without clearing customs. To do that you have to first obtain a Remote Area Boarder Crossing Permit (RABC). With an RABC permit you can travel within 5 miles of the boarder without clearing customs. See the following web site to obtain an RABC permit. They take about 2 months to get.

cbsa.gc.ca/travel/canpass/rabc...

If you don't have a boat or canoe to get to the climbing areas, there are outfitters that will pick you up at Crane lake and deliver you (and your canoe if you don't want to paddle the 12 miles) to the Canadian climbing areas. These outfitters will also rent boats or canoes. If you really want to get plush, gets some people together and rent a houseboat for the week. Below are some links with more information about Crane Lake outfitters:

visitcranelake.com/index.html
voyagaire.com/
norwaylodge.com/
anderson-outfitters.com/
handbergs.com/
visitcranelake.com/resorts/crn...
visitcranelake.com/resorts/crn...

Getting There 

To get to Crane Lake from Minneapolis/St Paul, take I-35 to Cloquet. At Cloquet take SR-33 to US -53. US -53 goes all the way to International falls. After passing through Virgina Minnesota you will eventually get to the town of Orr. At Orr turn east on CR - 23 to Crane lake. Its at the end of the road in about 28 miles.

See the beta picture for a satellite view of the crane lake area and all the climbing areas.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 18.4 miles from here

127 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',37],['3 Stars',70],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',3],['5.8',12],['5.9',19],['5.10',33],['5.11',23],['5.12',22],['5.13',8],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',4],['V4-5',2],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Jeff's World (MN/CA border)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Jeff's World (MN/CA border):
Slabbatical   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport   M&M Hill - Crane Lake : The Slabs
Gary Gnu   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Secret Lake and Warmup wall
Hanging Chad   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 35'   M&M Hill - Crane Lake : C Section
Mermar    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Secret Lake and Warmup wall
Poison Ivy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 65'   Secret Lake and Warmup wall
Clouds   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 66'   M&M Hill - Crane Lake : C Section
Crab Legs   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 36'   M&M Hill - Crane Lake : C Section
Old Man Smoldering (OMS)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Secret Lake and Warmup wall
Sean 10c   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Secret Lake and Warmup wall
Gargoyle   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 50'   Jeff's World (Proper)
Contortion   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 40'   Jeff's World (Proper)
Machine Gun Whiskey   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Secret Lake and Warmup wall
Blueberry Fortress    5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 40'   Government Bay
Popcorn   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Secret Lake and Warmup wall
Cathedral   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 80'   Jeff's World (Proper)
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Rock Climbing Photo: One of MANY boulders up and around Jeff's World. S...
One of MANY boulders up and around Jeff's World. S...
Rock Climbing Photo: The boat landing for Secret Lake/Jeff's World on C...
BETA PHOTO: The boat landing for Secret Lake/Jeff's World on C...
Rock Climbing Photo: Camping at Secret Lake
Camping at Secret Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: If you're a lucky one, you'll get to stay with Jef...
If you're a lucky one, you'll get to stay with Jef...
Rock Climbing Photo: Stan on Lakota Son Rise, 5.13a, Secret Lake.
Stan on Lakota Son Rise, 5.13a, Secret Lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hike into Secret Lake/Jeff's World.
Hike into Secret Lake/Jeff's World.
Rock Climbing Photo: Zay on Qisma, 5.10c, Secret Lake
Zay on Qisma, 5.10c, Secret Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Kurt Hager on Lakota Son Rise, 5.13a, Secret Lake.
Kurt Hager on Lakota Son Rise, 5.13a, Secret Lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bob on Electric Stegesaurus, 5.11d, Swamp Wall.
Bob on Electric Stegesaurus, 5.11d, Swamp Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cold Cut Crack, Picnic Beach area. FA Brent Bargha...
Cold Cut Crack, Picnic Beach area. FA Brent Bargha...
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading to the crag with Nakoma and Crew
Heading to the crag with Nakoma and Crew
Rock Climbing Photo: Secret Lake area in November.
Secret Lake area in November.
Rock Climbing Photo: On our way back to the cabin, Pele reflects on the...
On our way back to the cabin, Pele reflects on the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Camping at Secret Lake. Secret Lake Wall (now with...
Camping at Secret Lake. Secret Lake Wall (now with...
Rock Climbing Photo: Psicobloc potential near Jeff's World
Psicobloc potential near Jeff's World
Rock Climbing Photo: View from atop Mooselandia wall. Swamp Wall swamp ...
View from atop Mooselandia wall. Swamp Wall swamp ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Major climbing areas around Crane Lake.
BETA PHOTO: Major climbing areas around Crane Lake.

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By Paul Getzke
From: Bloomington, mn
Mar 18, 2011
I am very excited about the future of bouldering around the Buyck/Crane Lake area. The entire area is the remains of an ancient mountain range and granite outcrops all over the place. Big boulders are not exactly plentiful, but they are out there to find in the thick northern woods. The region has to be one of the most remote-feeling area in Minnesota and that makes for good adventure bouldering. Car camping is 5 star at Lake Jeanette and also good at Echo Lake. There is very little useful information to be found on the web, but if you keep looking you will find some videos and blogs describing a few of the boulders, but they never say where they really are. I have found quite a few at this point, but will respect "the mystery" until someone decides to post them on this site. I highly recommend this area if you like bouldering and camping in Boundary Waters-like beauty, but also like having the creature comforts of car camping.
By Bria Schurke
From: MN
Jun 6, 2016
Partners Wanted

Living in and out of Ely this summer and fall..Ive got a car, a canoe and sport and trad gear. Hit me up if you want to climb in the area!

bria.schurke@gmail.com
By SeanFoster
Sep 7, 2016
A taste of what you are in for if you travel to Crane Lake and beyond.