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Apr 22, 2014
Is there any good gear or solid holds up here???
I just moved to this flat little town 1.5 hours south of Chicago (moved here for a work project) and will be looking to meet climbers to partner up with in a couple of months...

Hoping to check out some of the classic "local" areas of the region, like Devils Lake, Jackson Falls, etc. Looking to meet people to climb with, sandbag me, general shit-talking and all that...

I'm quite busy with work and healing a couple chronic injuries but wanting to hit the classics maybe starting early June.

Cheers!

Oh and where the hell can a guy get in a good hike around these parts haha???
Alex Shainman
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
1,354 points
Apr 22, 2014
I went from IL to CO and recommend you reverse back here ASAP Chris Schmidt
From Grand Junction
Joined Nov 29, 2012
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Apr 23, 2014
Hour south of Chicago, eh? There are some great hikes if you like endless fields of corn. Occasionally you will stumble on some soybeans, and that's quite a treat. Craig T
From Chicago, IL
Joined Apr 19, 2010
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Apr 24, 2014
Is there any good gear or solid holds up here???
What!!!???...There are cornfields out here??? Haha oh yeah it's still springtime before the 10' tall grow season.

Dude! As soon as I passed through Nebraska I was like WTF have I gotten myself into??? What a sad day driving past CO haha. It's spelled coloRADo for a reason!

So...Anyone got any positive comments like how bitchin your local midwest climbing area is??? ;-)
Alex Shainman
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
1,354 points
Apr 24, 2014
Buy a road bike, dude. Rob Dillon
Joined Mar 22, 2002
991 points
Apr 24, 2014
Being south of Chicago puts you closer to the So Ill areas. Jackson Falls for sport, and Holy Boulders for bouldering are the standouts. You're also a wee bit closer to Red River Gorge. I would just start with the local gym though. We here in the midwest spend most of our time in gyms. Craig T
From Chicago, IL
Joined Apr 19, 2010
7 points
Apr 24, 2014
aed
North shore of Lake Superior in MN is good. It's a long way from Chicago, but make sure you make a trip up there. aed
From Jackson, WY
Joined Aug 19, 2009
182 points
Apr 24, 2014
Magic Ed
You should be near Kankakee State Park for some hiking--there's even a bit of rock there but climbing has been banzed.

Also note that you're only about 5 hours from the Red River Gorge.

Devil's Lake and Jackson Falls are both worthwhile destinations. You CO guys can laugh (hell, I'm a CO guy) but there is no better rock anywhere than Devil's Lake quartzite. Takes a bit of getting used to but the climbing is superb--strenuous and technical and no bolts.
Ed Wright
Joined May 14, 2006
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Apr 24, 2014
I also live south of Chicago and spent last summer in Moab, so I feel your pain on the featureless landscape. Jackson Falls seems to be the only real climbing in the state. Starved Rock state park offers some decent hikes and ice climbs in the winter, although, as you'll find out Illinois state government likes to regulate everything and the conservation police live up to their shitty reputation, so avoid them if you can. Welcome to the land of Lincoln bro ! Eric Jel
Joined Apr 24, 2014
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Aug 6, 2014
I too live out in the corn around the same distance from Chicago. Moved down here from the north suburbs. Where are you located? littledrummerboy14
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Aug 6, 2014
Is there any good gear or solid holds up here???
Thanks for replies. I haven't had time away from work to climb and I'm leaving in a couple weeks. Cheers! Alex Shainman
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
1,354 points
Aug 11, 2014
Wichita Mountains, Sunshine Wall
Alex Shainman wrote:
Thanks for replies. I haven't had time away from work to climb and I'm leaving in a couple weeks. Cheers!


Sorry you never made it up to Devils Lake. Granted there are no climbs over 110' at the lake but there are some incredible classic climbs to test your skills on. Seems like work interrupted any climbing time you might have had anyways.
BTW, this flatlander never climbs in gyms!!!

Safe travels
roger fritz from rockford, IL
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Joined Aug 9, 2009
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