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Submitted By: Doug Lintz on Oct 23, 2006
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The quarry is hidden in the trees near the south parking area. A well traveled path leads up to the entrance. An obvious single large block of quartzite sits inside the amphitheatre-like excavation. There has been some landscaping on a few sides to improve the landing zones.

Getting There 

From the south parking area and paved bike path take the first mown path up into the trees. At treeline follow the path right which leads to the quarry's entrance. Walk time is less than 5 minutes.

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For the Bouldering @ Blue Mounds area.

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Quarry Boulder

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Quarry Boulder:
Rain With a Chance of Boulders   V1 5 PG13     Boulder, 15'   
Perseus   V5 6C     Boulder   
Pieta   V6 7A     Boulder   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Michelangelo's "Pieta"

Pieta V6 7A  Minnesota : Blue Mounds State Park (Luv... : ... : Quarry Boulder
Begin on low edges and work your way up to the high right hand edge (v4). Match hands on the edge and move through difficult pinching and a powerful gaston finishing with a long reach around the roof to a mono slot (v6). Set up on the pair of sloping edges just right of the slot and make a committing dead-point to a good three finger edge one more committing reach right and a high step take you to the top out jugs (v3). CLASSIC! ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Minnesota

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Rock Climbing Photo: Purple V0 - David Black V3 - Nike Red V5/6 - Perse...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Jon stickin the move while getting some solid air ...
Jon stickin the move while getting some solid air ...
Rock Climbing Photo: this is one move below my highpoint
this is one move below my highpoint
Rock Climbing Photo: Low on the hard line (SE arete) on the Quarry boul...
BETA PHOTO: Low on the hard line (SE arete) on the Quarry boul...
Rock Climbing Photo: The business side of the Quarry Boulder.
BETA PHOTO: The business side of the Quarry Boulder.

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By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
Oct 23, 2006
Several V0 to V2 variations can be done on the "backside" of the boulder with less than desirable landings. Pad and spotter are recommended. The 45 degree overhanging SE side of the boulder has an excellent committing problem that traverses right until going up and over the lip at an undercling. I haven't finished it but would probably be V6/7. Anyone out there sent this?
By Bingman
From: Fort Collins, CO
May 19, 2008
I've tried this problem as well - it's hard! Keep working it Doug - this would be a badass send!
By Conor Raney
From: Pinedale, WY
Sep 26, 2009
Does any1 know who has the first ascent on the SE facing arete? Or If there is even been an ascent?
By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
Oct 16, 2009
Coner, could you move the two pics you posted in this area to the new East Quarry Boulder area? It might reduce confusion. Make sure to post some pics when you send the hard line on the Quarry Boulder.
By Conor Raney
From: Pinedale, WY
Oct 17, 2009
I didn't put the East Quarry Boulder pics up on this page. But I know the person who did. So I could ask him to move it. But yeah I will for sure have a lot of pictures IF i send it....don't wanna jinx myself.
By Sam Daley
From: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 28, 2009
Someone should put up specific problems for this area. I really enjoyed the obvious line right up the "backside" of the boulder. Also there was a fun climb on the shorter overhang starting on side pulls and moving up using an amazing jug!
By Conor Raney
From: Pinedale, WY
Jan 28, 2010
went out and worked on the SE face overhang today. Awesome conditions. I found the definite crux...easily V10+. I'm trying to move past it. So damn hard. Its this throw to a high undercling with left hand and you have to get your body over the arete and walk up the arete somehow. WOW! It requires SOO much tension. But it's the funnest move yet I think. I could establish a route that cuts up the arete about half way up and you could top out. It'd be around V7-8. I could have sent that today but the start of the route is icy and the top of the boulder is full of snow. Its awesome because the only part of the boulder that's open is the part that you can climb. The rock gets warm around 12 until 4ish. Can't wait to get back!!
By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
Jan 29, 2010
Nice work Conor! V10 or harder? I thought the undercling move would be easier, no gimme for sure but not that hard. Definitely out of my league.

Keep it at and post some pics!
By Conor Raney
From: Pinedale, WY
Jan 29, 2010
well, its not the first undercling on the actual arete, its higher on the rock. But your heel hooked on the arete and its just this huge dynamic move and you have to catch yourself with your left hand. But yes, I wish I could get pictures of me climbing it so I could show you what I'm talking about, but Im new to this area and don't know anyone to come take pictures. I usually always go climbing alone. :( lol
By Bingman
From: Fort Collins, CO
Feb 4, 2010
Hey guys, I posted a photo I have from a few years ago on this boulder (SE Arete) before all the relevant cruxes, but just to hopefully inspire people to send this thing. That's nuts that it gets into the V10 range up top! Keep working it Conor and Doug - it'll be a really cool problem!

Sam - feel free to take the initiative on databasing the other routes on this thing. From what I understand most of em don't have names - though Doug would probably know better than I. Definitely some cool stuff though!
By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
Feb 4, 2010
I see someone added the hard problem to's database and named it "8 Legged Freak" V7. Pretty lame to be naming problems that haven't been climbed yet.
By Conor Raney
From: Pinedale, WY
Feb 6, 2010
ben, thanks for the photo!! I been working this thing alot the past 5 months! and I'm addicted to this thing! lol. but Doug, I also saw that someone already named it!! I laughed out loud that someone would grade it and name it before it was climbed!
By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
Mar 2, 2010
Nice work Jon. The line that I've been working over the years stays low while it traverses right until you're directly under the tallest part of the overhanging face. Then it's straight up on really bad sidepulls and an undercling.

I'll have to check out the line you're doing in the video next time I get back up there.
By Bingman
From: Fort Collins, CO
Mar 10, 2010
I also was referring to the line Doug was talking about, though this looks really cool as well! Looks like you're super close - send it!
By Conor Raney
From: Pinedale, WY
Mar 26, 2010
Went to the Quarry Boulder today to find someone had started digging out rocks underneath the boulder! This person found out that the rock they were trying to dig out was too big to get out of the ground and left it there!!! So this person dug close to 2 feet down and with probably a four foot radius leaving a point of huge rock exposed and a massive hole right in the fall zone! So I had to spend my whole F****** day digging the rest of the rock out, which was this massive slab. I spent the next hour gathering the flattest rocks I could to fill in the hole.

I am very upset for 3 reasons...1-I didn't get to climb 2-Spent 15 dollars in gas and 3-LEAVE NO TRACE!!! Whoever started this little project...I am NOT happy with. If you are too scared to climb something too dangerous for your likings, then DON'T climb it. Leave it how it is, because other people might like the danger of the climb. Now the surroundings of the boulder looks very unnatural. Let this be a message not only to this person but to everyone...just please leave everything alone. I wasted a whole day and ALL my energy to fix this problem. The worst day of "climbing" I've ever experienced. If you yourself did this or know the person who started this, I would like an apology to me and to the other climbers who enjoyed the previous surroundings.
By Conor Raney
From: Pinedale, WY
Oct 29, 2010
Jon, thanksgiving break I will be back for 2 days! Train like a mad man until then!! See you soon.
By Conor Raney
From: Pinedale, WY
Nov 3, 2010
Jon, I'm pysched to hear you almost got it! I wish I could be there earlier to see you send it.
By Conor Raney
From: Pinedale, WY
Nov 11, 2010
Really? Well I'm sure you'll get it! Keep working that beatch.
By Zach Bramel
From: MN
Sep 26, 2011
Has anyone tried this in awhile? Is it still a project?
By Conor Raney
From: Pinedale, WY
Sep 26, 2011
I haven't been up there since last winter. The arete to the apex has not been done, but quite possibly the other version. The guidebook authors told me they haven't heard of an ascent tho.
By Sam Daley
From: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sep 26, 2011
Who is putting a guide together? Is this Blue Mounds Bouldering, or the MN guide. Either way, I would love to see it. This place is awesome.
By Conor Raney
From: Pinedale, WY
Oct 3, 2011
A couple of guys down in Sioux City were gathering info on Blue Mounds bouldering and I haven't gotten an update as to how it is coming along.
By Craig Nelson
From: sioux city, iowa
Oct 9, 2011
Dudes I sent a new problem on the quarry boulder. I will have to get a picture up. It starts out the same as Johns video but moves left before the gaston under the lip. It goes at V6. I am so glad to stand on top of that thing after two years! Weeeeee

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