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All Along the Watertower 
All for V4 
All for V6 
Alternator Left 
Alternator, The 
Best Boulder in Minnesota 
Best Touch 
Bow Hunter, The 
Chairman Meow 
First Born Traverse 
Helke V3 
Invisible Touch 
Last Touch 
Lean With It, Rock With It 
Nervous Addition, The 
Nose Thing, The 
Nutrigrain (a.k.a. Please Hammer Don't Hurt Em') 
On Ice 
Panic Arete Stand 
Pocket Hercules 
Raven Stand, The 
Raven, The 
Riverside Direct 
Riverside Jump or Swim 
Riverside V4 
Tengo De La Muerte 
That Girl's a Bitch 
Unnamed Arete 
Warmup Traverse 
Warmup Wall 

Eldon Rock Climbing 


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BETA PHOTO: Throwing down on Pocket Hercules.

Description 

The best bouldering between Colorado and the NE US. There are about 40 problems, most on high quality sandstone. The texture is more Rocktown grain than So Ill grain, which, personally, I think is about as good as sandstone gets. It's best in the fall and winter, as springs here are wet, and summers are buggy.
Access is only recently possible on this land, and it is a huge deal that we are now able to climb here. Let's take good care of it. Some suggestions for being kind to our new area:

PICK UP YOUR trash.
NEVER use a wire brush, or a brush with very stiff bristles. A "soft" nylon toothbrush or a boars hair brush should be fine.
WIPE OFF your feet before you step on, as grit on the bottom of your shoes will polish the holds.
WAIT 2-3 DAYS after it rains so that you don't rip off any holds (they come off easier when they are still a little wet.
DO NOT CHIP or manufacture holds. This is grounds for excommunication. See Ivan Greene's story: dpmclimbing.com/articles/view/...
So yeah, don't do that.
DO NOT cut down trees to access boulders (except on trail building days - under the guidance of land managers). Embrace the local climbing ethic that all life is valuable.
DO NOT use a blow torch on the rock. This permanently damages the rock.

Look for the classics Warm up Wall v3-6, (problem Left of Pocket Hercules) v3, The Best v5 in MN v5, Pocket Hercules v8, Tengo de la Muerte v10, and The Raven v12, and many others.

Getting There 

The old way to access this area was to park at Robinson and walk across the bridge. I never actually used the road that approaches from the same side of the river. I'll have to get back to you on how to do that.

Climbing Season

For the Sandstone area.

Weather station 7.4 miles from here

30 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',4],['V2-3',2],['V4-5',7],['V6-7',5],['V8-9',6],['V10-11',2],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Eldon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Eldon:
Alternator Left   V1 5     Boulder, 8'   
The Bow Hunter   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   
Warmup Wall   V2 5+     Boulder, 6'   
Helke V3   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   
Riverside V4   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   
All for V4   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   
Panic Arete Stand   V5 6C     Boulder   
Best Boulder in Minnesota   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   
The Alternator   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   
Nutrigrain (a.k.a. Please Hammer Don't Hurt Em')   V5 6C     Boulder, 8'   
The Nose Thing   V6 7A     Boulder, 8'   
That Girl's a Bitch   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   
The Raven Stand   V7 7A+     Boulder, 8'   
First Born Traverse   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   
Pocket Hercules   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   
Invisible Touch   V8 7B     Boulder   
Chairman Meow   V9 7C     Boulder, 10'   
The Raven   V11-12 8A+     Boulder, 12'   
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Featured Route For Eldon
Rock Climbing Photo: Based on media of those who have sent, not the rec...

The Raven V11-12 8A+  Minnesota : Sandstone : ... : Eldon
Long term project put to rest by Nik O. He earned this one. Only seen a few repeats, including ascents by Daniel Woods and Paul Robinson. Both said they found the problem to be of high quality. Sit-start in obvious pocket jug. Move up the feature, finishing to the left on crimps. Paul finished straight up. Crux is the intro moves. Note: I have not climbed this. Just rated it to give users an idea of the quality.REMEMBER: -If it has rained in the past 24 hours, do not climb at Eldon.-Wipe...[more]   Browse More Classics in Minnesota

Photos of Eldon Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Zack Hitz sticking the Nose.
Zack Hitz sticking the Nose.
Rock Climbing Photo: The family that boulders together... Gezel clan, F...
The family that boulders together... Gezel clan, F...
Rock Climbing Photo: Panic Arête.
Panic Arête.
Rock Climbing Photo: Warmup wall.
Warmup wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Levi on All For V4 - see other picture for descrip...
Levi on All For V4 - see other picture for descrip...
Rock Climbing Photo: Don't know names or grades, only introduced to thi...
Don't know names or grades, only introduced to thi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jim on All For V4 on the River Boulder. This probl...
Jim on All For V4 on the River Boulder. This probl...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fun problem on the warm-up wall.
Fun problem on the warm-up wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Zack Hitz starting Hammer.
Zack Hitz starting Hammer.
Rock Climbing Photo: Working up the arête.
Working up the arête.
Rock Climbing Photo: Adam on The Best V5 in MN. Don't know FA history. ...
Adam on The Best V5 in MN. Don't know FA history. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Heard this referred to as Please Hammer Don't Hurt...
Heard this referred to as Please Hammer Don't Hurt...
Rock Climbing Photo: Not a problem of note. VB. From parking lot, follo...
Not a problem of note. VB. From parking lot, follo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cruising.
Cruising.
Rock Climbing Photo: Paul on Riverside V4. Not sure of name, that's wha...
Paul on Riverside V4. Not sure of name, that's wha...
Rock Climbing Photo: Warmup wall.
Warmup wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: James on unknown V2. On the trail just before reac...
James on unknown V2. On the trail just before reac...
Rock Climbing Photo: I only say it because it needs to be said; DO NOT ...
I only say it because it needs to be said; DO NOT ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Warmup Wall. Go left, go right, go in circles....
The Warmup Wall. Go left, go right, go in circles....
Rock Climbing Photo: Lynn on Pocket Hercules; V7. Start hold broke 2014...
Lynn on Pocket Hercules; V7. Start hold broke 2014...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hanging by the river.
Hanging by the river.
Rock Climbing Photo: Boris on V2ish problem. Don't know what this is ca...
Boris on V2ish problem. Don't know what this is ca...
Rock Climbing Photo: Eldon Bouldering Map
Eldon Bouldering Map
Rock Climbing Photo: WAIT 2-3 DAYS AFTER IT RAINS - Chunk off the right...
WAIT 2-3 DAYS AFTER IT RAINS - Chunk off the right...

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By Sean Foster
Aug 15, 2014
The parking lot at Eldon is now open to the community. Read details here: mnclimbers.org/news/parking-lo...
By JesseJ
Sep 9, 2014
Any more word yet on what problems are here? I've found most of the classics listed, but I'm definitely a few short of the 40 that are supposed to be here. I've got some pictures from what I believe to be warm-up wall, and best v5, but I just don't know enough to post the climbs themselves yet
By Hamburglar Naymark
From: Denver
Apr 14, 2015
Sean, you are the man!
Cole
By Shannon Katsos
3 days ago
The gate was dummy locked when I found it, and access now requires a MN State Park pass and climbing permit (free from Banning State Park).

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