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Norwich Ledge Rock Climbing 


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Location: 46.68137, -89.30029 View Map  Incorrect?
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Norwich Ledge is no doubt the largest cliff in the state. The wall ranges from 100 to 300 feet tall and is about a half mile wide. The climbing is dirty from lack of use and there are sections of loose rock. This area could become a developed some day, but for now I would call it adventure climbing.

Getting There 

The ledge is located outside of Bergland MI in the western UP. Drive north from the town of Bergland on Hwy 64 to Old 64. Turn east on Old 64 and drive 4 miles to the second right turn on Old 64. Turn right and drive aprox. 2 more miles to the end of the gravel road and a parking area for 2-4 cars.

(For winter access, when Old 64 takes a 90 deg left turn at 1 mile from the junction, go 50 feet further and take the RR tracks to the left. Ski another 3 miles on the tracks to the base of the cliff)

Across the road there is a dirt path to the top of the cliff, witch is about a mile walk.

From the top of the cliff, head slightly down and far left to the rappel line if you are looking for the fastest and easiest way to the bottom. One 60 M rap will take you to the dirt, or two raps, both less than 30M will also work. Both rappels are bolted. The top rap has two bolts, the mid station currently has only one bolt.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 12.8 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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


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Rock Climbing Photo: Fist winter ascent of the wall?  We climbed BOS wi...

Route to Glory 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Michigan : Norwich Ledge
Shares 2 pitches with "Book of Saturdays", but removes the first pitch and the long traverse. Pitch 1- Starts on a large slab with thin cracks for protection, then traverses over to large grass filled crack. Pulling grass can reveal the pro. Large cams or large hexes are a must. Wild country #6? . Pitch 2- Belay stance is to the left of the major grassy chimney of the second pitch; Use small nuts to protect belay. Look for stuck Omega Pacific nut to find out where to set ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Michigan

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Rock Climbing Photo: on the rails
on the rails
Rock Climbing Photo: First winter ascent of the wall?  Kim & I climbed ...
First winter ascent of the wall? Kim & I climbed ...
Rock Climbing Photo: norwick in the winter
norwick in the winter
Rock Climbing Photo: The view looking east while half way down on the W...
The view looking east while half way down on the W...
Rock Climbing Photo: First Ascent records in the NCT trail register at ...
First Ascent records in the NCT trail register at ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jake climbing Tripple Roof Dihedral (TRD)
Jake climbing Tripple Roof Dihedral (TRD)
Rock Climbing Photo: The cliff seen from Lake Gogebic.
The cliff seen from Lake Gogebic.
Rock Climbing Photo: a topo of the ledge
BETA PHOTO: a topo of the ledge
Rock Climbing Photo: the large cliff
the large cliff

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By ChristopherThies
From: Walworth County, WI
May 21, 2010
Excellent find/beta. Thanks - to you (& your crew) - for posting this crag.

I've never been there, but I think that this cliff (in the Trap Hills) may be more commonly referred to as either 'The Hack Site' or 'Hack Site Cliff'. I found a link to the reference/use of these names here:
books.google.com/books?id=CSvV...

'Norwich Ledge' [an old 1800's mining locale, spelled with an 'h'] is located about 5 miles East of 'Hack Site (Cliff)'. The first climbing mention of 'Norwich Ledge' I've found is Alan Bagg's "50 Short Climbs in the Midwest" (1978). Norwich Ledge is definately longer - it stretches out for about 5 miles.
By L.Walton
From: Arvada, CO
May 8, 2011
Any chance you could give a bit more of a description on how to get to Norwich Ledge? A pin-point on google maps would be ideal. Thanks for posting. I'll try to add more pics if I can find it.
By AJ Smith
Jun 25, 2011
Anyone know how to get there via the NCT shortcut? We took the rail tracks from the corner of old 64 and that was pretty long. Climbed a variation of the Book of Saturdays. Calling it "The Route to Glory". 5.8 might be a bit of a sand bag on the grade for the top two pitches. Vegetation makes the whole thing very hard, but the pro can be pretty bomber. The second (third on Book of Saturdays) can be pretty sketch.
By AJ Smith
Jun 25, 2011
Also there are bolts on the far climbers right of the cliff that you can use to rap down to the base. Two guys were out there bolting today in that area, so maybe a new routes going up!
By L.Walton
From: Arvada, CO
Feb 26, 2012
Props to those that put this up. My girlfriend and I tried the BOS route, but never found the actual line. Instead I lead some interesting 5.11ish route, which we bailed on due to nerves. We hiked in on the NCT, then got off trail (around the far left side of your cliff pic) and eventually made our way down the cliff face and then traversed along the base to what we thought was the climb.
By Ron Jon
From: Boyne City, MI
Jul 1, 2013
Has there been anymore development in this area in the past couple of years? Any sport routes? Its off the beaten path and hard to get to, which makes sense that there is not many routes here. But it would be awesome to develop the area. There is a ton of rock here, dont know about the rights/access, but something to take advantage of. Let me know. Thanks.
By Erol Altay
Oct 11, 2015
In recent past have done Book of Saturdays. Highly vegetated at this stage, with the crux being crawling into the belay cave where all the holds are moveable....and removable.

Yesterday did a two pitch 5.7 with Burt Lindquist that we call "Walt's Crawlers" after the eponymous sign at the gas stations at Bergland and Kenton Michigan. This line lies about 500' south of Book of Saturdays but is more exactly located by its exit directly at the overlook on the North Country Trail.

Also, at this point the crag may as well be called Norwich Ledge, since the real Norwich Mine is generally crap rock, but better distinguished by the short ice line that forms down a mine shaft on its west flank late in the year.
By climbing2man
From: Marquette, Mi
Oct 25, 2015
Friday October 23rd, Myself and 2 others bailed off of pitch 4. Left a #1 camalot and a couple nuts. Started down pouring when about to start pitch 4 and decided to bail. If anyone gets that gear I would love to get it back, wont climb on it but would be cool memorabilia to have.
By Joe Thill
Mar 10, 2016
Again, Kevin and I would love that gear back!
Better coordinates would be:

The start of the trail - ( 46.621386, -89.552523 )
The Actual Wall - ( 46.659297, -89.502905 )

I'd recommend that you skip the belay in the cave and continue farther to the climbers left to the start of pitch 4 and belay from there instead. WAYYYYY more protectable from there.

Totally doable with a rack of #.75, #.75, #1, #1, #2, #2, and a #3 with about two sets of nuts and you could most likely make due with less.
By jon jugenheimer
Administrator
From: Madison
May 22, 2016
I climbed Book of Saturdays in Feb, 2016. I didn't find any cams, but did find a few nuts in the roof on the cave belay pitch, I left them there as they were frozen in place. In winter, the cave has some ice in it to take screws. WAY safer than in the summer as that rock is complete shit.
By carter
From: Minneapolis, MN
Sep 8, 2017
Rappel line is located on the Eastern end of the cliff at 46.655936, -89.511530. There is a nice two bolt anchor. You can get to the ground with a full 60m rappel. There is a single bolt anchor half way down, but Id recommend just bringing two ropes or fixing a single line.

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