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Hueco: V4 Font: 6B

Type:  Boulder
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Submitted By: Jon Marek on Jan 11, 2012

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Reed sending the Prow


The Prow is a must-do classic problem for Blue Mounds! Wonderful big moves on perfect quality pink quartzite, slightly overhanging the whole way. Begin on the brick pinch. The crux is the long move to a sloping block, tiny feet for the crux section. Airy finish, Superb!


The obvious prow when approaching via the ORC wall.


Several pads. This rock is tall.

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By Sam Daley
From: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jan 12, 2012

Awesome Jon, keep posting them. I'm getting excited to make another trip to see all the problems you have put up!
By Jon Marek
From: Sioux Falls, SD
Jan 12, 2012

If you let me know when you are coming, I will give you a free copy of my 20 page bouldering guide to BM, and I will show you around!
By Mike Housiaux
From: Rapid City
Feb 29, 2012
rating: V4 6B

WOW. As I checked in at BM this weekend I couldn't help but over hear some people talking in the office about the quarry area and rocks being moved in the quarry iteself as well as the north end cliffs that run behind. I went to check this out for myself and everything looked like it normally would. Until I stumbled upon this problem. Someone had the need to bring a hacksaw into a STATE PARK with the intention to cut down a tree. The tree in the picture was cut down, rocks have been removed and re-poistioned which is what brought me to this area when I heard the parks people talking about erosion problems. First off Who honestly brings a hacksaw to a State Park to cut down a tree or anything of that matter for a boulder problem?? Had this dumbass realized that BM has more bouldering then most could ask around here. 2nd I'm not from MN, I know that most people who have worked this problem have come across state from SD, which makes this worst because that makes you a guest in someone elses crag. I fully believe in not degrading and removing items to gain a route. If there is a tree or shurb leave it, go find another boulder. Its really sad to see arrogance and selfishness. Had Hacksaw Mcgee thought about it he would realize that this could in fact become a topic in a next state meeting and close climbing. Its dumbasses like Hacksaw Mcgee that get areas closed! A Effin really!? Anyone tread lightly not pointing fingers or anything just saying it only takes one to show a league of dumbasses that now its "OK" to just cut down trees in BM. Leave No Trace. Your not the only one that uses this park. -Mike
By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
Feb 29, 2012

Are you sure it wasn't the park people? They've cleared cliff line vegetation in the past. If it was climbers then that is seriously not cool.

C'mon people. Don't screw this up for everyone.
By AlPiNiSt10
From: Lead,SD
Mar 1, 2012

It wasn't park people for sure. It was the tree in the picture. Some rocks have also been dug up and re-situated.
By Jon Marek
From: Sioux Falls, SD
Mar 1, 2012

I have not been to BM in months (too busy with work which sucks) so I have not been there to see the damage for myself. I will say that the tree in question is not near the prow and was certainly not cut down for that purpose. As for the cutting, it is unfortunate, but not surprising; over the last year I have noticed that someone has made several different attempts to cut the tree down (which is why in the guide I call it the "giving tree"), cutting off most the lower branches.
I cannot speak for any boulder moving in the last several months, there were a few stones moved (by me) about a year ago, but no digging or tools were used ever. The cutting of the tree leads me to suspect more aggressive boulder moving has gone on. I hope this is not as bad as it sounds.
This is too bad to hear about, I hope it was the park service (they have done stupider things) but I doubt it.
By Reedrombo
From: Home is where you park it
Mar 1, 2012

I don't want to take away from the tree being cut down issue. But I seem to have lost a pair of glasses at blue mounds about 4 weeks ago. I went out there last weekend in hopes of finding them but the snow was too deep on the north side. They are black framed eye glasses. I think i lost them at the quarry boulder, or the prow. So if anyone finds them please let me know

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