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Giant City State Park

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Devils Standtable Area 
Shelter 1 Bluff 

Giant City State Park 


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Location: 37.5979, -89.1884 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Dave Hug, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Drew McWilson on Nov 27, 2009
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The beautiful Shelter 1 Bluff in mid fall
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Description 

There are two 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 usually. Shelter 1 has the best climbing 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.


38 Total Routes


['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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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 : Gill Roof
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Makanda Bluff, Southern, Illinios, photo: Bob Horan Collection.

Return to Forever "Classic" V3-4 6A+  IL : Giant City State Park : Shelter 1 Bluff
This is the infamous bouldering traverse problem that lines the lower edge of Shelter 1. This traverse holds three different crux sections. If you can find them, there are no hand rests along the way. This is truly a world class climb....[more]   Browse More Classics in IL

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By roger fritz 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
Administrator
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.

Best,
David Hug