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By Tom Hanson
Jan 12, 2007
Climber Drawing

Is anyone knowledgable with Taylors Falls climbing history?
No one ever responds to my post inquiries about TF.
Are there any folks out there who visit MountainProject Midwest Forum that have any knowledge of history related to the park?
If you know of someone who has such knowledge can you encourage them to visit this site?
I left TF back in '82 and I am curious with what the scene is like there these days.
I am also wondering if anyone is familiar with the lone tower of rock that sits on the Missesota side of the river, below the dam.
Back in the mid to late '70's my friends and I did multiple routes on the formation and called it That Dam Rock.
Does this get climbed on these days?


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By Tom Hanson
Jan 22, 2007
Climber Drawing

It appears that no one climbs at TF anymore, or perhaps they have gone into hibernation for the long Minnesota winter?


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By Neil O Cary
Jan 22, 2007

I climb at TF. I don't know of any formations called That Dam Rock. There are a couple areas that are closed due to cliff jumpers, rock stability, etc; this could be one of them but I honestly have no idea.

Have you tried contacting the rangers at the park? Recently, sometime in 2006, a new welcome / information sign got put up at the park that has a map of the climbing areas as well as other attractions at the park.

Kaija Webster, the MN regional coordinator for the Access Fund could be able to help as well. Contact info here: www.accessfund.org/about/rc.php

Shawn Tracy, current president of the Minnesota Climbers Association, may have some history; just guessing here. MCA site: mnclimbing.org/index.php

Mike Farris might be someone to get ahold of too. He is the author of the current MN/WI guidebook. His website: mfarris.net/

N.


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By Greg Hand
From Golden, CO
Jan 22, 2007
Papa Smurf

Hi Tom,
I have posted a few pictures of my climbing at TF from 68-71. Here is one that demonstrates a good belay anchor:

Solid belay anchor
Solid belay anchor

This is my 67 Camaro with Chuck Calendar belaying. The Highway Patrol pulled over and told us we could not do that.
A few years ago they had the 50th reunion for Minnesota Rovers. I was not able to attend, but the web site for it is: reunion.mnrovers.org/
There are pictures and stories from each decade.


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By Tom Hanson
Jan 22, 2007
Climber Drawing

Thank you Neil,
Your assistance is greatly appreciated!


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By BruceC
Feb 23, 2007

Is anyone knowledgable with Taylors Falls climbing history?

Tom - You ARE the History - We're old now - get used to it:)

I have good reason to suspect you to be a notorious sandbagger hence rendering your Dam rock allegations of route...moot. :)
But in answer to your question, in the few times I've been back to TF I have not seen anyone on anything not in the guidebook and well known. It's really a sorry state of affairs.

I remember being lowered to the water level for what was to be the second ascent of a wall just south of that spot. (our mutual friend Brad R assured me had been climbed recently) After thrashing and flailing much of the day he finally admitted to the sandbag - no one had been on that wall that he knew of. That is a memorable day - one that stands out as one of the best at TF.

I'm beginning to think you need to make a trip back to the state, my boy. Your nostalgia is showing....


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By Petah
From minneapolis/st.paul
May 5, 2014
Autumn Brew Review 2009

Greg,

More photos please!

That is amazing and important.

Thanks!


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By Peter L Scott
May 7, 2014

Hey Tom. Sorry I missed this in Feb. I am guessing no one climbs up by the damn. I think most climbers a TF don't even know there's a damn just up river from the bridge. The only developments have been bouldering as far as I know. Some day some young persons is going to get curious and check that shit out. Hey curious guy or gal, did you know less than half of Palisade Head has been developed. The whole cliff north of Poseidon Adventure has never been touched. Be prepared, it won't be easy. It true sea cliff climbing. There is no talus or ledges at the bottom.


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By SeanFoster
May 8, 2014
Shovel Point, North Shore, MN

Peter, Tom, Greg, et al.

If you would be willing to discuss TF history, or Palisade, or any other MN crag with me, I have a video camera, editing tools, and blog that I would love to use to share your stories.


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By Peter L Scott
May 9, 2014

Sean, I would really like that. I could help with what I know from 1979 to 2000. You can e-mail me at peterscott2001@tds.net or on FB. It would be great to get the history documented before us oldtimers are gone.


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By SeanFoster
May 9, 2014
Shovel Point, North Shore, MN

Peter, headed out of town for the weekend. I will be in touch next week. I enjoy your history lessons on FB, so am glad that you have interest.


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