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Meader Wall

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Big Man on Campus S 
Brown Reason to Live S 
Hawaiian Bill S 
Macroputz TR 
Man In The Black Pajamas, The S 
Micro Putz S,TR 
Nihilist S 
Ninja TR 
Patent Pending S 
Pork Tornado S 

Meader Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: TravisMelin on Jun 22, 2007
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BETA PHOTO: Meter Wall with routes as seen from the west.


This is THE destination in La Crosse. Most all the routes on this wall would be classic at any larger crag like Barn Bluff. Currently there are 9 bolted lines here, with maybe 1 more in the making. The cliff is about 55 feet tall and overhangs by about 4 feet on many of the routes.

Getting There 

To access the wall Park at the second to last pullout, and hike west and down along the powerline cut. Follow the trail straight for about 400yards, turn right towards the flag just after a large rock step. As always when on grandads keep a low profile, carry all gear concealed in a bag, and be safe. Tickets for climbing or hiking are almost 200$ .

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Meader Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Meader Wall:
Patent Pending   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport   
Big Man on Campus   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 45'   
Hawaiian Bill   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Nihilist   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 45'   
Pork Tornado   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Brown Reason to Live   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
The Man In The Black Pajamas   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 45'   
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Featured Route For Meader Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Jonathan , RP attempt. Sept 08

The Man In The Black Pajamas 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  Wisconsin : Grandad's Bluff : Meader Wall
Sustained, long, and progressively more powerful pulls on thin holds quickly lead into a burly undercling, and finally a crux stab at a good pocket. All this made more exciting as the crux throw is made with the bolt below your feet...(dont worry its a good fall:). Rest up in the cave at the top, as there is still a slopey V2 move to get the anchors clipped....[more]   Browse More Classics in Wisconsin

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Common Meader Wall sightings.
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By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Jun 27, 2007
The Meader Wall is one of the best sport crags in the state. It is small, but the routes there are hard and super fun. I'm grateful to have grown up with this as my home wall.
By Kris Gorny
Jun 29, 2007
Dave, Steve, and Fred have done an incredible job developing the whole area. They have recently practically excavated the Adidas Wall and put up 7 cool sport routes on it. Hats off to you guys.
By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Jun 30, 2007
Amen to that. Great routes, well protected and beautiful climbing.
By josh wabaunsee
Oct 26, 2007
the wall should be spelled Meader wall...named for Gary Meader
By TravisMelin
From: Portland, OR, Roanoke, VA L
Oct 27, 2007
Thanks, I had wondered if it was misspelled...
By TravisMelin
From: Portland, OR, Roanoke, VA L
Nov 13, 2007
Two new routes have been drilled, and bolted.
New routes are:
Big Man on Campus at probably 5.12- with a bouldery feel
Man in the Black Pajamas very likely 5.13a featuring thin sustained crimping to a powerful crux stab.
By Michael Ringsred
From: Bozeman, MT
Jun 1, 2009
Can anyone give a better description from the second pullout on how to find the meader wall. perhaps starting from the addidas wall.
By Jonathan Williams
From: Minneapolis
Jun 1, 2009
From the addidas wall, walk to the main trail (about 50 yards away from the routes). Turn right. Walk approximately 100-200 yards down the main trail, until you see a small open area/"miniprairie" to your right. Follow a small trail across the open area to the cliff wall. The trail meets the wall at the Mushroom Wall-- look for the purple mushroom spray painted on the wall. Follow the trail to the left (around a small boulder) and walk along the cliff band. You will pass a few small walls including the Donkey Punch Wall. Walk ~5 minutes until you reach a dirt hill and the large open space at the base of the Meader Wall. The wall itself is ~ 100 feet in length and clean, large, and overhanging. You cannot miss it. If you find yourself asking, is this is? Then you haven't found it yet. It's pretty obvious, as well as being the last part of the trail that is right along the cliff band.

Or, you could just wander around a bit and look for bolts in the cliff. It's not all that tough to find. JW

Update. See photos under "Grandad's Bluff" for photo map to the walls.
By ChrisFrayer
From: Platteville, Wi
Jun 13, 2010
How is the summer climbing at this wall. Any decent shade?
By fat cow
From: St. Paul, MN
May 20, 2012
no it's pretty much an oven in the summer
By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
May 21, 2012
Defintely can climb there in the summer but you want to be wrapping up by 10 or 11am.
By Ely Finucane
From: Lakewood, Colorado
May 31, 2012
the evening is a good time to go too! Any climbers in the area should get on the LAX Climbing Crew group i created on facebook. Great for finding partners and condition reports on the bluff.

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