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Submitted By: Pete Hunt on May 30, 2011
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Description 

This is the first formation of the Mini Fortress Area when hiking in from the south. After passing the Prairie Walls area there is a small section of forest with no established climbs, followed by a section of exposed and climbable rock. This is the First Fortress.

Expect to have the place to yourself. I've never seen anyone else climbing here. There are some great climbs but also a few drawbacks. Cactus seem to be unusually plentiful at the top of this formation which can make anchoring more of a hassle than it needs to be. Also, there is little protection from the sun. Those things said, there are some nice climbs that I find worth doing.

Getting There 

See above. A short patch of forest north of Aroma Buttress separates First Fortress from the Prairie Walls Area.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.2 miles from here

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Featured Route For First Fortress
Crux section with good horizontal crack near feet ...

Surprise Ending 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  MN : Blue Mounds SP (Luverne) : ... : First Fortress
Follow the main crack up the nose and the face to its left. Easy climbing/good pro until the crack ends and you find the surprise ending. Head into the crux with gear around foot level in a nice horizontal crack. Have your belayer be aware of rocks behind you if you fall....[more]   Browse More Classics in MN

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