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By Eero46
Nov 7, 2012

Any Suggestions on bouldering locations in Iowa?


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By Jason England
From Marion, IA
Nov 12, 2012

What part of Iowa re you in?


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By Woodchuck ATC
Nov 12, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

The flat part of Iowa??


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By pete cutler
From Des Moines, IA
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!


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By Joe Stark
From Iowa
Nov 13, 2012
Warming up

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!


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By Eero46
Nov 13, 2012

Sweet. I am just looking for some areas to explore that do not have much development.


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By Joe Stark
From Iowa
Nov 13, 2012
Warming up

Pictured Rocks has lots of short, steep rock just off the parking area that isn't tall enough to warrant bolts.


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By Mike Noth
From IA
Nov 13, 2012
Mike Noth

the backside of the des moines art center has a good traverse circuit - they didn't appear to mind...


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By Eero46
Nov 13, 2012

Is pictured rocks worth the two hour drive to boulder for a day?


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By Joe Stark
From Iowa
Nov 13, 2012
Warming up

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...


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By Eero46
Nov 13, 2012

driving from central IL looking to explore a little


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By pete cutler
From Des Moines, IA
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


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By Eero46
Nov 14, 2012

Is there any other parks with potential?


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