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Swamp Wall Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Please make sure to park S.W. Minnow back here whe...


The magical mini kingdom of Swamp Wall: a bog filled with rich moss, carnivorous plants, breathtaking flowers, a deep dark swamp, high quality sport climbing and recently, a Huck Finn style raft to access all routes (complete with hand line to pull raft across the entire cliff!).

Swamp Wall provides a unique experience to remember: climbing off of a raft onto beautiful, steep granite, while in the middle of remote Canadian wilderness. TIP: Plan yourself a few late August days here, when the bugs are down and the temps are still warm. You'll smile all day as you swim and climb and soak up the sun.

Although all current routes have been Deep Water Soloed (except Mothman and Swamp Monster) and the water at the base has been measured in 5-6 places at around 14'-18' deep, you should remember that this is a Jack Pine Swamp, with dark water. It is difficult to impossible to see what is under the surface. Swim and climb at your own risk!

THE CLIMBING is sneaky steep and dynamic, all on great rock. It will be exciting to see further development in the next year or two.

THE RAFT and HAND LINE: In the fall of 2015 we built a Huck Finn style raft (S.W. Minnow) to access Swamp Wall routes. After realizing that rowing the raft around can be cumbersome and slow-going, a Hand Line was installed in the fall of 2016. Now you can pull yourself along the cliff at light speed. Currently, the Hand Line spans nearly the entire width of the Swamp Wall, to the base of Howlin' At The Moon (aka Waiting For Tyler), a 5.8 on the left side (as facing the wall) of Swamp Wall. Hand Line bolts have been installed the entire span of the wall, to the back of Swamp Wall (to access Mothman) and are awaiting a generous human to donate old rope, as we ran out during installation.

The S.W. Minnow has comfortably held 6 people at once, but I would not recommend many more.

Please show your love and respect to the S.W. Minnow and the Hand Line. Park the Minnow where you found her and report any maintenance issues to:

Getting There 

From Jeff's World Proper access gully, take the trail (marked by cairns) west until you come to a fork (left cairn trail goes to Secret Lake). Follow the cairns right to access the Swamp Wall and raft. (Check for BETA photo of raft)

Climbing Season

Weather station 14.9 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Swamp Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Swamp Wall:
Beach Party   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Electric Stegosaurus   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Angie on Good Omann

Good Omann 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Minnesota : Jeff's World (MN/CA border) : Swamp Wall
Traverse left from the raft to the start of the climb. Cleanest route on the wall. Easy climbing on vertical to less than vertical terrain. If you're lucky you'll hear otter grunts echoing out from the underwater cave....[more]   Browse More Classics in Minnesota

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Rock Climbing Photo: Here is where the S.W. Minnow should be as you app...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff checking the depth.
Jeff checking the depth.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Swamp Wall
The Swamp Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: photo by: Sean Foster
BETA PHOTO: photo by: Sean Foster

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By KurtH
May 23, 2016
While these climbs have been deep water soloed and the depth has been checked at some spots, keep in mind it's in a jackpine swamp and visibility is about 1 foot down...who knows what lay below. NOTE THERE ARE SOME SUBMERGED LOGS, INCLUDING UNDER BEACH PARTY. Getting injured here could be catastrophic, considering the evac time to Duluth trauma center could be 6-12 hours. A bad spot to get hurt, so if you are gonna go for it, make sure to really suss it out.
By KurtH
Oct 20, 2016
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