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Rose Bush 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
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Submitted By: Ian Harmon on May 21, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Watching Ben rappelling down. The route basically ...


Climb the dihedral that eventually becomes slabby and angles to the right. Surmount this to a series of easier ledges and continue upward. Take one of several variations to the top. These ledges make this route a good place to practice multipitch climbing.
  • RCM&W #40, p.165.


Rose bush is one of the first routes you see on the Minnesota strip. As the trail comes around to reveal the cliff it is the inside corner immediated in front of you.


Nuts, Cams, and Hexes, nothing bigger than hand sized is needed. Standard top rope setup, extra webbing (60 ft should be more than sufficient) for trees and spread out placements.

Photos of Rose Bush Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Trying the Rosebush variation.  Thanks for the bel...
Trying the Rosebush variation. Thanks for the bel...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cruising Rosebush proper.
Cruising Rosebush proper.
Rock Climbing Photo: looking down from the belay station
looking down from the belay station
Rock Climbing Photo: Rose Bush.  2004 or so.
Rose Bush. 2004 or so.
Rock Climbing Photo: Another shot of Rosebush.
Another shot of Rosebush.
Rock Climbing Photo: Andy May on Rosebush.  We chose to climb the right...
Andy May on Rosebush. We chose to climb the right...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rose bush
BETA PHOTO: Rose bush

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By Chase Roskos
From: Golden, CO
Oct 24, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

A "local" 5.5. But definitely 5.6 anywhere else.
By yak
Dec 20, 2010

Compared to other upper midwest locations and crags across the country, the grade on this route (and the rest of Taylor's) feel spot on to me.
By Ryan Justen
From: St. Paul, MN
Sep 25, 2011

I've climbed at the MN Strip for years, but never been able to get on this one due to it's popularity. I finally climbed it today: Great Route!!! lots of fun moves for the grade.
By seagreene
From: Minneapolis, MN
May 1, 2014
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

This was the first route I climbed in MN last summer, taking the standard 5.5 route. I did a variation recently where you climb the bottom of Rose Bush and take a right to go up the dihedral on the right side of the large block (to climbers right of the start.) You end up climbing above the 5.9 face, but take the Rose Bush 5.5 start. I would call this variation a 5.9-.
By BryanE
From: Minneapolis, MN
Jul 15, 2015

Careful on this route. I led this today for my 2nd ever trad lead. About 2/3 of the way up just as you are about to exit the dihedral there is a bees nest (hornets?). I put my hand on a hold and saw them swarming but it was too late. Got stung about 3-5 times (one on the lips, couple on the left hand). Good thing the rest of the climb is easy after that because I just sprinted up it with no protection. My follower got stung in the same spot too.

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