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Giant City State Park

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Devils Standtable Area 
Shelter 1 Bluff 
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Giant City State Park  

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Location: 37.5979, -89.1884 View Map  Incorrect?
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There are two main climbing areas within the park: the Shelter 1 Bluff and the Devil's Standtable Area. The rock is sandstone and it's not very crowded. Shelter 1 has the best climbing routes and it includes the famed boulder problem "return to forever". The Devil's Standtable Area has the best bouldering in the park.

Getting There 

From Carbondale take Highway 13 East. Turn right (near the intersection of McDonalds and Walmart) and head South on Giant City Rd. Continue for about 15 minutes and the road leads directly to the park. From the entrance follow the signs to the appropriate destination.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

61 Total Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',29],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Giant City State Park:
Standard   V3-4 6A+     Boulder   Devils Standtable Area : A: Gill Roof
Pinch Me   V6 7A     Boulder   Devils Standtable Area : A: Gill Roof
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Camel's Hump 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13  IL : Giant City State Park : Shelter 1 Bluff
This popular TR goes up the huge hump in the wall. By placing a picnic table at the base of the climb, you can make the start easier. Begin at the bottom-right of the hump and climb up toward the center. Top out through vertical bucket climbing. According to the 1972 guide Sandstone Climber, "every inch of the Camels Hump has been climbed."...[more]   Browse More Classics in IL

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By roger fritz from rockford, IL
From: Rockford, IL
Oct 15, 2012
We took a side trip from jackson falls to Giant city shelter one climbing area. There are some fine lines there. Why has no-one posted these? Are you locals keeping them secret? Come-on share them with us!!!
By Dave Hug
From: Carbondale, Illinois
May 16, 2014
Hey Roger, I assume your Danae's father and I'm pretty sure I have met you once. Anyway I am not sure why nobody has updated this site for G.C. but I have taken it upon myself to do so. Keep an eye out for updates and thanks for pointing this out.

David Hug
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