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West Side- Backbone Ridge

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Another Warmup 
Bane of Vince, The 
Battle of the Bulge 
Battle of the Midwest 
Belly of the Beast 
bottom of the barrel  
Dire Straight 
Early Bird 
Eighteen (and life) 
Face Left of Wright's Arete 
first things first 
Forgotten Finger Crack  
Layback Crack Attack 
Leaning Rock 
Left out 
Me So Gorny 
Me So Gorny Direct...AKA Don't Commit! The Footchip You Are On Is Broken!  
Midwest Hardcore (aka 6hrs) 
Mr. Clean 
Nameless Sit 
Nameless Slab 
One Hand Clapping 
Picasso center 
Picasso Left 
Picasso Pillar 
Picasso Right 
Picasso way left 
Product of the Southwest 
Prostrator, The 
Sandstone Violence 
Take My Picture 
Trail Crew 
Twelve A 
Vitamin V-less 
World Peace 
Wright's Arete 
Yet Another Warmup 
Unsorted Routes:

West Side- Backbone Ridge Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.0511, -90.0994 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, Chris treggE, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Tradiban on Apr 15, 2009
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Panoramic of the West side of Backbone Ridge. Not...


The western side of the ridge proper. Great afternoon and evening sun. The rock is generally a bit better on this side. Good landings for the most part, but some problems are quite tall. Be careful!

I have left the numbers on the original problems posted by JJ Schlick, from his topo.

Getting There 

Follow the trail around to the right past the fork. Problems will be obvious on the right.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.9 miles from here

45 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',25],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in West Side- Backbone Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West Side- Backbone Ridge:
One Hand Clapping   V0 4     Boulder   
Picasso Right   V1-2 5     Boulder   
Scarete   V2 5+     Boulder, 25'   
Wright's Arete   V2 5+     Boulder   
Face Left of Wright's Arete   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   
Picasso center   V3 6A     Boulder   
Leaning Rock   V3 6A     Boulder   
Trail Crew   V3 6A     Boulder   
Midwest Hardcore (aka 6hrs)   V4 6B     Boulder   
Left out   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 25'   
Nameless   V5- 6C     Boulder   
Product of the Southwest   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   
Battle of the Bulge   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 20'   
Sandstone Violence   V8 7B     Boulder   
World Peace   V11 8A     Boulder   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in West Side- Backbone Ridge

Featured Route For West Side- Backbone Ridge
Rock Climbing Photo: Face left of Wrights Arete.

Face Left of Wright's Arete V3 6A  Wisconsin : Governor Dodge State Park : ... : West Side- Backbone Ridge
Maybe this is Wrights Arete, but there is a direct line that avoids using the arete and staying on the face. A good fun highball none the less....[more]   Browse More Classics in Wisconsin

Photos of West Side- Backbone Ridge Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Sticking the move to the jug
Sticking the move to the jug
Rock Climbing Photo: The Boy on a new project at Group B.
The Boy on a new project at Group B.
Rock Climbing Photo: Picasso problems to Wright's Arete.
Picasso problems to Wright's Arete.
Rock Climbing Photo: Area near Scarete.
Area near Scarete.
Rock Climbing Photo: Backbone West, Battle of the Bulge to Sandstone Vi...
Backbone West, Battle of the Bulge to Sandstone Vi...
Rock Climbing Photo: South End of Backbone West.
South End of Backbone West.

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By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Dec 4, 2009
To whoever left the folding canvas chair up here, I have it in my car. You can pick it up or I can bring it to Boulders for you.
By Langlois
From: NYC
Dec 5, 2009
Thanks for taking care of that Chris. I think that piece of trash has been there for over a month. Thankfully with the exception of that chair and some chalk graffiti I think the climbers at the dodge have been pretty low impact
By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Dec 5, 2009
Haha, I didn't want to call it trash in case it was someones favorite chair, but yeah, it's pretty much falling apart.
By Langlois
From: NYC
Dec 5, 2009
Actually that thing might look good in my living room...
By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Dec 5, 2009
Hate to see your living room.

I'll leave it at Boulders for ya.
By Tradiban
Jun 14, 2011
Best to display these right to left, they are now in order albeit not perfectly. LMK if I need to change anything.
By Garyasdf
Apr 16, 2012
With the aid of the panoramic pics and the previously supplied route pics, doesn't Vitamin V-less occur after Sandstone Violence? With some other juggling and way too much time looking at the monitor, I've got:

Sandstone Violence
Vitamin V-less
Bottom of the Barrel
Mr. Clean
The Prostrator
Early Bird
Forgotten Finger Crack
The Bane of Vince

This could be off as I'm doing this just from the evidence of the pictures and the panoramics. Hope this helps.

By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Apr 16, 2012
Yeah you are right, I suppose. I changed it.

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