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Minnesota, USA 

Minnesota: Climbing with a view.
Minnesota: Climbing with a view.

Minnesota, USA (Wikipedia link)

State in the north-central United States.

Borders:
North: Manitoba and Ontario, Canada
East: Lake Superior and Wisconsin
South: Iowa
West: South Dakota and North Dakota

Web Links 

Useful links about Minnesota and rock climbing in Minnesota:
Explore Minnesota
Minnesota Climbers Association (MCA) - Access Fund Local Affiliate
Minnesota Climbing (forum)
Minnesota Department 0f Natural Resources
Minnesota State Highway Map


Minnesota Rock Climbing Guide Books 

Rock Climbing Minnesota and Wisconsin. 2nd edition by Mike Farris
PRAIRIE WALLS: A Climbers Guide to Minnesota's Blue Mounds State Park by Don Hynek and Eric Landmann
Midwest Bouldering Guide by Nick O.

Climbing Gyms and Indoor Walls 

Albert Lea
Albert Lea Rock Gym
Bemidji
Bemidji State University Climbing Wall
Bloomington
Bloomington: REI - Pinnacle Wall
Duluth
Vertical Endeavours
University of Minnesota Duluth Climbing Walls (North Shore and Inland Walls)
Eagan
Life Time Fitness Club Climbing Wall
Minneapolis
Vertical Endeavours
Minnesota Climbing Co-Op
Midwest Mountaineering (bouldering wall)
Plymouth
Life Time Fitness Club Climbing Wall
Prior Lake
Dakotah! Sport and Fitness Rock Wall
Rochester
Prairie Walls
Roca (in construction)
St. Paul
Vertical Endeavours
University of Minnesota Climbing Wall (members only)
Winona
Winona State University Climbing Center (open to public)

Climbing Season



Weather station 11.8 miles from here

1,431 Total Routes

['4 Stars',90],['3 Stars',541],['2 Stars',551],['1 Star',184],['Bomb',12]
['<=5.6',88],['5.7',58],['5.8',78],['5.9',117],['5.10',156],['5.11',111],['5.12',67],['5.13',24],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',113],['V2-3',328],['V4-5',113],['V6-7',51],['V8-9',32],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',19],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Minnesota:
Nightfall   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches, 180'   * Ice and Mixed climbs : Grand Marais Area Ice Climb...
Best Boulder in Minnesota   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Sandstone Bouldering : Eldon
The Raven   V11-12 8A+     Boulder, 12'   Sandstone Bouldering : Eldon
Dance of the Sugar-Plump Faeries   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Shovel Point
The Future   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Annadonia Area
The Perfect Crimb   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Perfect Crimb Area
Looking for Lust   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Annadonia Area
Scars and Tripes Forever   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 200'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Sleeping Bat in a Ziplock Bag   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Cyclops Area
Number 6 a.k.a. The Bulge   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Interstate SP (Taylors Fall... : Minnesota Strip
Frequent Flatulence   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : New Vice Area
Laceration Jam   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Roof Burner   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : The East End
Chinese Freedom   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Winter Wall
Poseidon Adventure   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 80'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Work Ethic   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Cyclops Area
Sigma   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Robinson Park : Sigma Wall
Living All Over Me   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Winter Wall
Oz - (AKA The Road To Emerald City)   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 175'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Palisaid   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Trad   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
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Featured Route For Minnesota
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Quick Draw Moves to Hollywood 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  MN : Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Large Roof Area
This route should get more traffic. It's pretty fun. From the Big Roof, walk back left along the face, avoiding the poison ivy. This is the middle of 3 lines on a big flake. Stay on the flake for full value and fun. Try for the onsight! *RCM&W #119, p. 138...[more]   Browse More Classics in MN

Photos of Minnesota Slideshow Add Photo
Minnesota: Climbing with a view.
Minnesota: Climbing with a view.
Baby woodpeckers at our campsite on Insula Lake in...
Baby woodpeckers at our campsite on Insula Lake in...
Sunrise on Thomas Lake, Boundary Waters, MN.  July...
Sunrise on Thomas Lake, Boundary Waters, MN. July...
Nesting loon on Thomas Lake, Boundary Waters, MN. ...
Nesting loon on Thomas Lake, Boundary Waters, MN. ...
yep theres multi pitch climbing here in mn. me and...
yep theres multi pitch climbing here in mn. me and...
A little blurry, there were 2 of them and they did...
A little blurry, there were 2 of them and they did...
Sunset somewhere near Austin MN.
Sunset somewhere near Austin MN.
An unknown tourist scrambling around where he shou...
An unknown tourist scrambling around where he shou...
Nic climbing at Robinson Park in Sandstone MN
Nic climbing at Robinson Park in Sandstone MN
Welcome to Minnesota!
Welcome to Minnesota!
mn crag map
BETA PHOTO: mn crag map
Fight Club
Fight Club
Duluth Rock Foxx Rocks
Duluth Rock Foxx Rocks
The MN Bouldering guide is out. Now $25 at Escape ...
BETA PHOTO: The MN Bouldering guide is out. Now $25 at Escape ...
The headwaters of the Mississippi, Itasca State Pa...
The headwaters of the Mississippi, Itasca State Pa...
2011 'Best of the Midwest' bouldering comp at Prai...
2011 'Best of the Midwest' bouldering comp at Prai...
every good Minnesota crag pack should have at leas...
BETA PHOTO: every good Minnesota crag pack should have at leas...
beautiful fall day on the Minnesota strip, early O...
beautiful fall day on the Minnesota strip, early O...
Come on out to one of the best outdoor climbing ev...
Come on out to one of the best outdoor climbing ev...
Boulders Represent!  Dobbe at the 2011 'Best of th...
Boulders Represent! Dobbe at the 2011 'Best of th...
Come check it out!
Come check it out!

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By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Mar 5, 2011
Great video from Prairie Walls climbing comp:

dpmclimbing.com/climbing-video...
By Tom Hanson
Oct 7, 2011
I was waxing nostalgic and thought
I'd see what has been posted on Carlton Peak on The
North Shore, but was disappointed that nothing has been posted.
Edit: Thank you Chris for pointing me in the right direction.
By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Oct 7, 2011
Look again Tom! (Look under Temperance River SP).
By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
May 11, 2013
Dear Administrators of this fine state. Both your links to the climbing guidebooks for MN are broken. In addition, there is a new 2nd edition of the Farris book. As you know.
By Kris Gorny
Administrator
May 13, 2013
Chris -- updated the broken links. Thanks for pointing this out.
By scott isaacman
From: Silver Bay, MN
Aug 2, 2013
There are several places where the Superior Hiking Trail and good crags intersect. Unfortunately, climbers have been leaving trash and human waste in those areas. As a result, people are pissed off and want to ban climbing. Haven't you heard this before? Please follow Leave No Trace principles or areas may become closed to climbers.
By Ryan Angelo
Nov 5, 2013
The MN Bouldering book is now available at Escape Climbing for $25. Psyched to finally have this book in print. escapeclimbing.com/extra/mn-bo...
A Field Guide to Minnesota Bouldering
A Field Guide to Minnesota Bouldering
By Paul Getzke
From: Bloomington, mn
Apr 14, 2014
I FINALLY got a copy of the new guidebook....outstanding job by all involved! If you boulder in Minnesota, and you should, you need to buy this book. Now if the next edition would also cover the Buyck/Crane Lake area, I'd be a very happy man. Thanks for all the work and looking forward to a great 2014 bouldering season here in Minnesota!
By John McB
From: Minnesota
Sep 23, 2014
Hello friends!

Question for those climbers coming from the Rochester / SE Minnesota area. I recently moved to Rochester and I went exploring in Quarry hill. Is there some reason that there isn't climbing here? I understand that it's quarried rock and likely bad for Trad, but I found some areas that seemed to have near bullet proof features that may be decent for bouldering. I tried stopping in the nature center to possible get some info, but they were closing up. Any ideas? Anyone tried to climb here before? Website attached for reference

qhnc.org/
By Kris Gorny
Administrator
Oct 9, 2014
@ John McB

I have asked around and found out people used to do some bouldering there. The best they found was up on top of the hill. Reportedly, there was a fairly long but low wall of not to awful quality to do some traverse work on. On the far left end there were a few top out problems that were fun. One continuing problem was that the place was also a partying destination for local kids and there have been issues with throwing glass bottles against the cliff face. So, if that still continues, you may have to brush off glass sometimes. The park director at Quarry Hill, Pam Mayer, is a climber and probably she doesn't care if you boulder there at all.

You can also stop by the local climbing gym in Rochester, Prairie Walls. Dave Brandt, the gym owner, used to boulder at Quarry Hills and he may be the source of more info.

Hope this helps.
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