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Member Since: Jun 25, 2009
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Location: MN : Louisville Swamp Boulder (S...
By: Nathan Migdal When: Aug 20, 2014

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Comments: Last week, I paid the big boulder a visit for the first time in several months. It was good to be back, except for the: heaps of trash around and on top of the rock, tick marks on every kind of hold imaginable, and colored chalk marking some of the best problems like they were goddamn gym routes.

As a result, I am strongly considering removing the routes I added to this page in the hopes that it will deter this vandalism and further embarrassment to the rest of us. I'm pretty ashamed, actually... more >>


Location: MN : Swede's Forest
By: Nathan Migdal When: Aug 31, 2011

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Comments: Thanks for stepping up to the plate Sam. This page needed more beta.


Location: MN : Louisville Swamp Boulder (S... : Dyno (V1)
By: Nathan Migdal When: Nov 5, 2010

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Comments: What happened to the picture? Private land issues?


Location: MN : Louisville Swamp Boulder (S...
By: Nathan Migdal When: Oct 4, 2010

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Comments: The Minnesota River Valley Wildlife Refuge continues to advise against entering preserve lands during this high-water flood period. Honestly, it could be a couple of weeks until the granite boulder is safely reachable and the sandstone climbing will be questionable this Fall. Just a heads up. fws.gov/midwest/minnesotavalle...


Location: MN : Louisville Swamp Boulder (S... : Photo
By: Nathan Migdal When: Aug 23, 2010

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Comments: This old swamp has some of the coolest geology in the state, even though none of the climbs are very tall. The horizontal roof sections are sometimes covered in patina making for bomber holds. It's the vertical portions of the sandstone that feel soft and sometimes break in certain places. Avoid any damp/wet holds. Funny... the rock on the island is sandstone too but much much better quality.


Location: MN : Louisville Swamp Boulder (S... : Photo
By: Nathan Migdal When: Aug 9, 2010

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Comments: Can't wait to go back this fall!


Location: MN : Louisville Swamp Boulder (S... : Honeycomb (V2)
By: Nathan Migdal When: Aug 9, 2010

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Comments: I dream about the day we can start this problem then traverse a few laps around the boulder before finally topping out. Call it... the Meteor Shower Project? :P


Location: MN : Louisville Swamp Boulder (S... : 3 Finger Fitness (V3)
By: Nathan Migdal When: Aug 9, 2010

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Comments: Someone's been gettin busy at the asteroid this summer! Congrats on the send Sam.


Location: MN : Winona, Sugar Loaf : Franklin's Tower (5.7)
By: Nathan Migdal When: Jul 14, 2010

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Comments: There has to be more routes on the sugar loaf... at least some trad potential. Until your post, I had never even heard about this formation. Looks promising, at least in the photos posted. Are there more than two established routes here?


Location: MN : Louisville Swamp Boulder (S... : Dank Nugs sit start (V1-)
By: Nathan Migdal When: Jun 13, 2010

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Comments: Now that some of the holds have changed on this problem, I like it more than ever. more interesting finish now


Location: WI : Interstate State Park : Mike's Boulder
By: Nathan Migdal When: Jun 13, 2010

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Comments: Okay. So (from the beta photo) 'red holds' in close reach of 'yellow holds' are still on for Mike's Left, whereas Mike's Right is only 'red holds'? This means those yellow-circled holds in the photo aren't the only ones "on route" for Mike's Left, since it's not an eliminate. Do I understand that right or is my learning disability holding me back again? I bring this up Nic because my style is a bit different from most climbers. I like to use small holds/moves availible on a problem as opposed to... more >>


Location: WI : Interstate State Park : Mike's Boulder : Photo
By: Nathan Migdal When: Jun 13, 2010

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Comments: Bonus points if you avoid knocking down the icicles.


Location: MN : Barn Bluff (Red Wing)
By: Nathan Migdal When: Jun 10, 2010

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Comments: spn... I think the purplish-red crystals in the rocks lining the base of Barn Bluff are dolomite mixed with various impurites such as iron and alluminum. This page may shed some more light on your question. mindat.org/gallery.php?loc=549...


Location: IL : Jackson Falls : Spleef Peak : The Garden Route (5.10a)
By: Nathan Migdal When: Jun 10, 2010

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Comments: Bolt spacing is classic. Loved the variety of holds and balancy moves here.


Location: IL : Jackson Falls : Photo
By: Nathan Migdal When: Jun 10, 2010

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Comments: Thanks Burt. A big contribution for sure


Location: WI : Interstate State Park : Mike's Boulder
By: Nathan Migdal When: Jun 10, 2010

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Comments: It seems like a good idea to warm up here by doing a few laps on the face w/out eliminations. Any guess at the V grade for all holds on? V3 maybe?


Location: WI : Interstate State Park : Indian Head : Mantrap (5.10c/d)
By: Nathan Migdal When: Jun 10, 2010

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Comments: This climb is basically two technical boulder problems sandwiching a well-needed rest point halfway up the route. For the very confident 5.11 and up leader, this climb on gear would be a significant accomplishment. After toproping it today, some of us think it could be led so long as a few crashpads/spotters are present at the bottom. Protection is sparse at first, but there are a few bomber placements higher up. One of my favorite climbs in the area because if demands creative movements...


Location: WI : Willow River State Park
By: Nathan Migdal When: Mar 30, 2010

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Comments: Heheheh. Willow as a "bouldering destination": that would set em up for disappointment huh? What I refer to are some of the great warm up traverses beneath the amphitheater that don't involve topping out so much as long traverses to finishing holds. Similar to gym problems in concept I suppose. A few clean boulder problems sit amidst the amphitheater chockstones but they tend to be over just as soon as they start. My goal for posting is to briefly describe where leaders can warm up below the mai... more >>


Location: MN : Louisville Swamp Boulder (S...
By: Nathan Migdal When: Dec 25, 2009

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Comments: Merry Christmas everyone! This last Wednesday, while briefly bouldering (amid snowfall) the swamp's ISLAND with Sam et al, it became clear that this rocky oasis holds possibly the highest quality sandstone bouldering in the state. Paul, your description of this rock as being nearly quartzite-strong was no exaggeration. If only the Mysterious Island were larger and more of this near-perfect sandstone could be found around the swamp... Besides the NORTH SHORE OVERHANGS,(which actually feel chossy ... more >>


Location: MN : Blue Mounds SP (Luverne) : North Quarry Area : Kanaranzi Buttress (East Fa... : Kanaranzi Right (5.9+)
By: Nathan Migdal When: Nov 26, 2009

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Comments: If anyone does know, they should keep it a secret... that's the essence of adventure climbing after all. Or at least don't post it on this page please. Happy sends.


Location: WI : Willow River State Park : Photo
By: Nathan Migdal When: Nov 24, 2009

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Comments: lookin like the old White Noise on this one. Took a while to get that roof crux, but now this is one of my all-time favorite sport climbs. Clean, never dull and really well-protected.


Location: MN : Louisville Swamp Boulder (S... : Viva Brasil! (V1)
By: Nathan Migdal When: Nov 24, 2009

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Comments: Done.


Location: WI : Willow River State Park
By: Nathan Migdal When: Oct 20, 2009

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Comments: I wonder why there's no mention of the not-too-bad bouldering adjacent to the falls. It's obvious that the sport route quality trumps any bouldering here to the nth degree, but if nobody brings up a few of the better "problems" and traverses on the left side of Willow Falls, I'd be glad to. Anyone who wants to beat me to the punch, go ahead. At this point, I'm not going to name anything: probably just describe the problems and take a few photos.


Location: MN : Louisville Swamp Boulder (S... : Pocket of Pain (sit start v... (V3-4) : Photo
By: Nathan Migdal When: Jul 27, 2009

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Comments: Lately I've been bringing a can of 25% DEET OFF spray along for the ride when bouldering here. Spraying into the starting pocket until the wasps are dead has worked fairly well to handle the issue. Those buggers always come back though. I have no problem with wasps in general, as they serve a purpose in controlling garden and agricultural pests. But surely they can find somewhere else in this great big swampy preserve to nest.


Location: MN : Louisville Swamp Boulder (S...
By: Nathan Migdal When: Jun 25, 2009

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Comments: After checking out the big rock earlier this week I noticed a lot of dried moss on the boulder's east-facing side. Has it ever been completely cleaned so all faces are moss free? My friends and I were discussing coming back with some brushes to give the old asteroid a shave. While the east face isn't as tall as the west, there seems to be a good bit of potential for putting up traverse problems.