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Dudley Davis Quarry Park: Shorewood Hills, Madison Rock Climbing 

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An old, abandoned quarry turned into a park in one of the nicest neighborhoods of Madison, WI yields plenty of potential for prime bouldering. The rock is mostly sandstone, with some dolomite. The sandstone parts are strong enough to hold on to. The area is mostly visited by people out for a short stroll and the neighborhood kids. Seldom is it frequented by climbers. There is an upper terrace and a lower terrace; the lower is very sunny, while the upper is quite shaded. Plenty of climbable area.

Getting There 

From the corner of Midvale Blvd and University Avenue, head east on University. Turn left on Highbury, and left again on Tallyho Rd. Make a quick right back on to Highbury, and after a house or two there should be a road heading into the quarry. The road is mostly dirt, but there might be some wood chips on the road. Parking is somewhat limited.

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Classic Climbing Routes in Dudley Davis Quarry Park: Shorewood Hills, Madison

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When in Doubt...   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   
Parvus   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   
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The Shorewood Hills neighborhood
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Sign at top of park, on Topping Rd
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The entrance to the quarry

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By Burt Lindquist
From: Madison, WI
Apr 25, 2016
Bouldering area right in the city of Madison? Whaaatt?

By Aidan Eno
Apr 27, 2016
Yeah, I recently discovered this park, and I've started to brush off some holds and turn it into a bouldering area right here in Madison. It's been tough work, but it's getting better after each session I spend there. I hope people who live in Madison, but can't find the means or time to get out to Devil's Lake, start to use it as an outdoor resource. At least, that's my goal. Happy climbing!
By Doug Hemken
From: Madison, WI
Apr 28, 2016
Some history of the park is here:

Sounds like a place that could use a helping hand!
By Tradiban
Apr 28, 2016
Damn. I never looked there. Good find! Keep it up!
By jaysquared
From: Madison, WI
Jun 4, 2016
The dolomite on the upper terrace is really chossy, but the sandstone lower down is ok. While the rock is much taller on the upper terrace and some might be tempted to throw a rope on it, there is a good chance some very large blocks would come loose. Be careful!
By Kevin.K
Jul 16, 2016
Visited the park fort the first time today and there's good opportunity for more routes here. If someone wants to come establish some routes with me it'd be cool if we could use a step ladder and brushes to really clean it up. I'll just keep working at it in the meantime.
By Zach Hansen
Nov 4, 2016
Hey, I'd be interested in establishing some more routes here, I live <5 minutes away, so it's super convenient.
By Ethan Clark
From: Verona WI
Nov 25, 2016
I visited today, neat place that's easy to miss. I had no idea it was there. There's certainly potential there, but also TONS of loose rock. That said I saw a few things I'll be back to clean up and climb. Too wet today, didn't bring shoes. I really like the drive up access.
By Aidan Eno
Feb 6, 2017
I don't live in Madison anymore, so I won't be able to help clean up the area. You guys should definitely try to clean it up though. I recommend finding a route you think looks fun, then climb it, and any place that is too dusty or full of loose rock brush out with a large painter's brush. That's how I did it. Good luck y'all. Go set some routes.
By James Mutschler
Apr 7, 2017
Interesting little area. The upper tier does not seem to do well with freeze/thaw, as we removed softball sized rocks from most of the existing problems. Be very careful, very chossy up top.

The lower tier, at least the spots not covered in mulch piles, was pretty solid and had some fun moves. Best stuff is right by the entrance.

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