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Submitted By: TravisMelin on Aug 11, 2008
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Barrel ridge consists of a tight cluster of several quality boulder problems, and good potential for possible 30-40ft TR routes. The rock is high quality for the park, and most all of the landings are flat and forgiving. Most route are +/- a few degrees off vertical. Despite there only being a few routes this area is definitely worth a visit.

The area is now split into 3 seperate areas. The Ridge proper, which holds the most problems. Also then the Sandbox Boulders and the ABC boulder. Enjoy!

Getting There 

Enter the park and drive in the direction of qual wall. As you drop into the valley start looking to your right....Park 50yds past a car sized boulder 5 feet off the right hand (south) side of the road. This should put you below a few large pine trees, with a barely visible bluff on the south side of the road. Hike up the steep hill and around the right hand side of the bluff where a trail should become evident. From there take the trail past an 8ft mini sandstone pillar. Following the right hand side of the ridge a short distance past some tall clean faces will take you to I.G.N, Steve Done, and eventually to what we started calling the Vadge Boulder (top out and see why). Going left around the ridge will take you to the Testtickler, and a good area for new development. (Despite the lengthy description the approach is 10min at max)

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.2 miles from here

29 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Barrel Ridge:
Melincholy (AKA Little Roof)   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   Sandbox Boulders
Welcome to the Top   V1 5     Boulder, 12'   Barrel Ridge Proper
Steve Done   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 8'   Barrel Ridge Proper
Fairytale Land   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Barrel Ridge Proper
A Real Cool Hand   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Barrel Ridge Proper
Testtickler   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Barrel Ridge Proper
Breakaway   V5- 6C     Boulder, 10'   ABC Boulder
It Gets Nervous   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Barrel Ridge Proper
Eschew Obfuscuity   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 12'   Barrel Ridge Proper
Broken Dreams   V6- 7A     Boulder, 10'   ABC Boulder
Alpine Bouldering Club (A.B.C.)   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   ABC Boulder
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Featured Route For Barrel Ridge
On the send run...  April 09.  Tricky problem but ...

Eschew Obfuscuity V5-6 6C+  WI : Governor Dodge State Park : ... : Barrel Ridge Proper
Squat start in diagonal undercling rail, move up to two good crimps. Head up using some small slopes on the left and underclings on the right. The crux is squeezing hard enough to bring your feet up high enough to reach the final pocket. As with its neighbor to the right the sit start does add some difficulty but just isn't that fun....[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

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By TravisMelin
From: Roanoke, VA La Crosse, WI
Aug 11, 2008
Photos coming soonish.
By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 11, 2008
Good work Travis,

I had looked at all that stuff, but never found the time. Really cool to see all the new stuff going up. When the rock there is good, it's great! Looking forward to the photos. JJ
By sweatpants
From: Broomfield, CO
Aug 11, 2008
yo good job man! thanks for the work.
By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Aug 21, 2008
Yeah this area is sweet. Loads of new stuff that is super good and more to be developed.
By sweatpants
From: Broomfield, CO
Aug 30, 2008
fun area for sure. lots more developement to be done. the left side of the bluff where there aren't any problems there could be some really classic looking easy problems. In the end i think this place could be chalk full of really quality easier stuff. Its like a mini groupsite B. Also, I am convinced the the Barrel Boulders are pretend and that they dont actually exist. I made it to barrel ridge when i was looking for the barrel boulders.
By TravisMelin
From: Roanoke, VA La Crosse, WI
Aug 30, 2008
barrel boulders are on the bluff prior to barrel ridge. about 100yrs up the road before hitting barrel ridge.
By TravisMelin
From: Roanoke, VA La Crosse, WI
Sep 13, 2008
My ratings on the newly posted routes may be way off. The rock was soaked when I was there, and I basically towel dried the holds every ten min or so to be able to work them. So if anyone makes it out there anytime soon let me know if the stuff is accurate at all...