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The WAZ Boulders (Rochester)

The WAZ Boulders (Rochester) Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 200'
Location: 46.45299, -93.12011 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Kris Gorny, Chris treggE, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Darin Limvere on Oct 24, 2007
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Currently off limits to climbers


A couple of unique sandstone boulders sitting atop a hill in the center of America's heartland. The rock closely resembles rock found in the Red River Gorge. Mostly a fun eliminate area, there are a few pure lines available. Originally found by Dave Brandt and Jim Blakely sometime in the early 90's (maybe 80's) it sat unclimbed until 1999. Unfortunately, it is on private land that is owned by an old farmer. For a while, people were allowed to use the area as long as they called the farmer first. For whatever reason, only about 50% of those who climbed there would end up calling the guy. The farmer eventually got bummed on climbers and dropped the hammer on all who entered. As well, a small tree got cut down and he apparently had quite an attachment to the little guy... If things had gone differently back then, there would still be this rad little area for locals to frequent. Although I've heard of full camo nighttime bouldering missions, I would NOT suggest climbing there until a new land owner comes along. The farmer has a seriously fast golf cart that would be quite hard to out run with a crashpad on your back. Those who lived in Rochester and had the pleasure to climb there should feel lucky. The closest place to pick up a 6pack is Tilly's Tavern which is on hwy 52 in Oronoco. They do "off sale" until 10pm. Poor selection

Getting There 

Since this area is currently off limits to climbers I will only say that it is 10 minutes nw of Rochester. The approach involved quite a few cow turds one had to manuever.

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Weather station 18.4 miles from here

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By Mike Krowka
Nov 24, 2007
It's the WAZ baby. From the golden era of P-Dub. Good times for all. Oh how I miss it so.
By bob bickford
May 16, 2009
I'm pretty sure that the photo I submitted is from the area that is described here. It was taken in 1986 as evidenced by the horrible fashions that existed at the time ( short running shorts, headband, and first generation Calma rock shoes). If this is not the WAZ, then it is yet another area that Jim Blakely discovered. To confuse things further, there is a second area even closer to Rochester,just north on county road 112. It is hidden by a commercial nursery and is comprised of the same hard sandstone. That particular pile of boulders was discovered and developed in the 70's by Rob Whitaker. The fact that it wasn't discovered by Jim Blakely is rather amazing because Jim spent an enormous amount of time searching for quality rock in Southern Minnesota in the 70's and 80's. If the area in the photo is indeed the WAZ, I spent a summer bouldering there and the evidence of my activities was obscured by the passage of time.
By bob bickford
May 16, 2009
I welcome any inquires from the new generation of Rochester climbers and would be very interested to see if the photo I submitted is from the WAZ. What is WAZ anyway?
By Buddy Tangalos
From: Salt Lake City
May 27, 2009
I do consider myself lucky having climbed the Waz.
By J.Roatch
From: Leavenworth, WA
Mar 9, 2012
Is the farmer with the golf cart still around? Sounds like a cool place
By Jordon
From: Rochester
Nov 23, 2016
Are there any updates to this crag? Maybe some more detail on how to get there or the other site mentioned in the comments? Is the land owner letting anyone on his property now?

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