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Jake's Rock Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Randers on Sep 7, 2009
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From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "John Knapp...


This is a boulder created by Monolithic Sculptures, Inc . It was recently installed in Hales Corners Park. It is a memorial to Jake Knapp, an 18 year old avid climber who passed away back in March 2004 due to a sudden seizure. His family donated the money for this rock to be placed in the park. There are plenty of trees around, so the area is shady. Although the rock is synthetic material, it is unbelievably like bouldering on real rock. You may have to put up with kids who like to play around the rock. It is surprising how many different problems are on this boulder. Tons of pockets, edges, and jugs all over this thing. Its great!

Getting There 

The boulder is in a wood-chip area immediately south of the Pool area and West of the Basketball courts.

Hales Corners Park, 5765 S. New Berlin Road. Hales Corners, WI 53130

Climbing Season

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Weather station 1.6 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Jake's Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Jake's Rock:
Jacob's Ladder   V0- 4-     Boulder   
Dream Builder   V0 4     Boulder   
Jungle Fever   V2 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 10'   
Cooper    V2+ 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 10'   
Lay Low   V2+ 5+     Boulder, 7'   
Humpty Dumpty Buffalo Direct   V3 6A     Boulder   
unknown   V3 6A     Boulder, 1 pitch, 10'   
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Jungle Fever V2 5+  WI : Jake's Rock
Climbs the arete feature on the plaque side of boulder.I am not ultra familiar with boudlering grades but i think v2 is some what accurate. This problem could probably be done easier or harder, but i feel this way is one of the funnest. (Sit start to right hand undercling, match on sloper just above, bump right hand to good edge then bump again to slopy hold near top) ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

Photos of Jake's Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Swilling atop Jake's Rock.
Swilling atop Jake's Rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: Chad throwin' down on the Northeast Arete.
Chad throwin' down on the Northeast Arete.
Rock Climbing Photo: deadpoint to sloper..mantle out (slap happy V1)
deadpoint to sloper..mantle out (slap happy V1)
Rock Climbing Photo: Chillin' on top. (North Facing Side of the boulder...
Chillin' on top. (North Facing Side of the boulder...
Rock Climbing Photo: South Face of the Boulder.
South Face of the Boulder.
Rock Climbing Photo: Philwaukee pulling down.
Philwaukee pulling down.
Rock Climbing Photo: JD pullin down on Jakes Rock. A great freestanding...
JD pullin down on Jakes Rock. A great freestanding...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jake Knapp Memorial Rock
Jake Knapp Memorial Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Plenty of tree's next to Jake's Rock offer good sh...
Plenty of tree's next to Jake's Rock offer good sh...
Rock Climbing Photo: lay low V2/3
lay low V2/3
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua Knapp pulling down.
Joshua Knapp pulling down.

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By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Sep 8, 2009
Wow, this is special. A very sad story, but a great thing for the family to donate this to the community.
By Tradoholic
Sep 9, 2009
Whoa! Awesome! I was discussing with someone earlier this type of installation and how to get it done. How is liability dealt with? Are the waivers or a sign posting dangers?
By Brian Runnells
Sep 9, 2009
I'm not sure of the exact year since it's been so long, but Jake did not pass away in 2009. More likely 2002 or thereabouts. Hard to believe it's been that long.

That said, I'm super psyched to finally go check out this boulder after hearing about it for so long. It looks a great way to remember Jake and the plaque says it all.
By Randers
From: Waukesha, WI
Sep 9, 2009
Correction. I found out it was March 2004 according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
By Randers
From: Waukesha, WI
Sep 10, 2009
Picture Caption From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

"John Knapp and his son Josh climb the newly installed Jake’s Rock climbing boulder at Hales Corners Park on Wednesday. The boulder was donated to the park by the Knapp family to honor Jacob, who died suddenly from a seizure in March 2004. The purchase of the 16-foot-long, 11-foot-tall boulder was made possible from donations given to the family at the time of Jacob’s death and fund-raisers. Jacob, a climber, was 18 and a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the time of his death. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Jack Orton"
By Holly Knapp
Sep 13, 2009
One of the Jake Knapp's that you two are talking about did pass away this March 2009 of a sudden seizure as well. They call this SUPDEP "sudden unexplained death in epilepsy" and he was my brother and not a climber especially with his socks and sandals. If you want to see our Jake Knapp we have a website with his story

I am deeply sorry for the loss of your Jake Knapp.
By Ryan Strong
From: Golden, CO
Jul 21, 2011
Jake's Rock has pretty much an endless amount of problems depending on your creativity. I put up a few routes just to give people an idea of what the stone looks like and how moderate some of the holds can be. Come check it out it would be awesome to see more climbers frequent Jake's Rock. PM me if you ever wanna meet up it is near my house!
By John Hayes 1
From: Shorewood
Jul 13, 2015
Nice rock for a quick climb, dip in the pool with the kids, and followed up by some more boulder challenges. My kids (6 and 8) visited today for the first time and loved it. Both boys, who climb regularly, and me found plenty of fun challenges on this thing. Anyone know what it's made of? Fiberglass mostly? Very cool, no matter what. Respect to Jake and family.

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