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Nov 7, 2012
Any Suggestions on bouldering locations in Iowa? Eero46
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Nov 12, 2012
What part of Iowa re you in? Jason England
From Marion, IA
Joined Aug 29, 2011
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Nov 12, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
The flat part of Iowa?? Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
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Nov 12, 2012
haha no.

Climb Iowa in Grimes- great gym
Wall-Nut Creek Mountaineering just south of ames
ISU, Iowa and UNI gyms
the parking ramp behind es-tas bar in ames

there's some so-so limestone cliffs in NE Iowa, but shit, Horseshoe Canyon Ranch is only 7 hrs from des moines. Easy weekend!
pete cutler
From Des Moines, IA
Joined Apr 30, 2012
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Nov 13, 2012
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There's lots of quality limestone on the eastern side of the state. That being said, it hasn't seen much development in the way of bouldering. So if you're into exploring and seeking out new lines you should check out some of the state and county parks. There are a couple, such as Whitewater Canyon, where climbing of any kind is not allowed so look into the rules and regulations before you hit the trail. Good luck! Joe Stark
From Iowa
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Nov 13, 2012
Sweet. I am just looking for some areas to explore that do not have much development. Eero46
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Nov 13, 2012
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Pictured Rocks has lots of short, steep rock just off the parking area that isn't tall enough to warrant bolts. Joe Stark
From Iowa
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377 points
Nov 13, 2012
Mike Noth
the backside of the des moines art center has a good traverse circuit - they didn't appear to mind... Mike Noth
From IA
Joined Aug 16, 2009
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Nov 13, 2012
Is pictured rocks worth the two hour drive to boulder for a day? Eero46
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Nov 13, 2012
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It's the most easily accessible crag so it's probably a good place to start. Where are you driving in from? There might be places closer to you... Joe Stark
From Iowa
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Nov 13, 2012
driving from central IL looking to explore a little Eero46
Joined Aug 2, 2011
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Nov 13, 2012
Pictured rocks is 3.5hrs from des Moines and I've driven it plenty of times fora day. You might want to bring a rope though... Not sure about the quality of bouldering - unless you're into high balls pete cutler
From Des Moines, IA
Joined Apr 30, 2012
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Nov 14, 2012
Is there any other parks with potential? Eero46
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