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Minnesota 


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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 

Albert Lea
Albert Lea Rock Gym
Duluth
Vertical Endeavours
University of Minnesota Duluth Climbing Walls (North Shore and Inland Walls)
Minneapolis
Vertical Endeavours
Minnesota Climbing Co-Op
Midwest Mountaineering (bouldering wall)
Rochester
Prairie Walls
St. Paul
Vertical Endeavours
University of Minnesota Climbing Wall (members only)
Winona
Rock Solid Youth Center


1,314 Total Routes


['4 Stars',86],['3 Stars',475],['2 Stars',508],['1 Star',176],['Bomb',13]
['<=5.6',85],['5.7',54],['5.8',76],['5.9',110],['5.10',143],['5.11',112],['5.12',67],['5.13',22],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',98],['V2-3',295],['V4-5',100],['V6-7',42],['V8-9',23],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',16],['>=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'   Grand Marais Area Ice Climb...
Dance of the Sugar-Plump Faeries   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Shovel Point
The Future   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Annadonia Area
Looking for Lust   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Annadonia Area
The Perfect Crimb   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Perfect Crimb Area
Scars and Tripes Forever   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 200'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Sleeping Bat in a Ziplock Bag   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Cyclops Area
Number 6 a.k.a. The Bulge   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Interstate SP (Taylors Fall... : Minnesota Strip
Frequent Flatulence   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : New Vice Area
Laceration Jam   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Roof Burner   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Sport   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : The East End
Poseidon Adventure   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 80'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Chinese Freedom   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Winter Wall
Work Ethic   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Cyclops Area
Sigma   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   rock climbs : Sigma Wall
Oz - (AKA The Road To Emerald City)   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 175'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Living All Over Me   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Winter Wall
Superior Arete   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 100'   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Paradigm Shift   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Barn Bluff (Red Wing) : Winter Wall
Palisaid   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Trad   Tettegouche SP (North Shore... : Palisade Head
Browse More Classics in Minnesota

Featured Route For Minnesota
Fun moves. <br />photo: B. Fellenz

The Woodpecker V8 7B  MN : Lake County Road 6 Area (No... : ... : Picnic Rock
Start right hand pinch edge, left hand undercling. Establish on boulder and make big move to large edge, continue upSmall holds and pods to the Scary finish. A full value boulder problem. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in MN

News and Events For Minnesota
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Minnesota: Climbing with a view.
Minnesota: Climbing with a view.
Carter Stritch on some wave ice. (unknown route name: Red Stripe?) <br /> <br />North Shore, Lake Superior
Carter Stritch on some wave ice. (unknown route na...
Sunrise on Thomas Lake, Boundary Waters, MN.  July 07.
Sunrise on Thomas Lake, Boundary Waters, MN. July...
yep theres multi pitch climbing here in mn. me and my brother on laceration jam 5.10b. <br />Photo: Taylor Krosbakken
yep theres multi pitch climbing here in mn. me and...
Nesting loon on Thomas Lake, Boundary Waters, MN.  July 07.
Nesting loon on Thomas Lake, Boundary Waters, MN. ...
A little blurry, there were 2 of them and they didn't hold still for long.  November 09, near Brainerd, MN.
A little blurry, there were 2 of them and they did...
An unknown tourist scrambling around where he shouldn't be.
An unknown tourist scrambling around where he shou...
Sunset somewhere near Austin MN.
Sunset somewhere near Austin MN.
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 <br />
BETA PHOTO: mn crag map
Fight Club
Fight Club
Duluth Rock Foxx Rocks
Duluth Rock Foxx Rocks
beautiful fall day on the Minnesota strip, early October 2011
beautiful fall day on the Minnesota strip, early O...
Boulders Represent!  Dobbe at the 2011 'Best of the Midwest' at Prairie Walls climbing gym.
Boulders Represent! Dobbe at the 2011 'Best of th...
The MN Bouldering guide is out. Now $25 at Escape Climbing. <a href='http://www.escapeclimbing.com/extra/mn-bouldering-guidebook/' target='_blank' rel='nofollow' >www.escapeclimbing.com/extra/mn-bouldering-guidebook/</a>
BETA PHOTO: The MN Bouldering guide is out. Now $25 at Escape ...
every good Minnesota crag pack should have at least one carpet sample
BETA PHOTO: every good Minnesota crag pack should have at leas...
2011 'Best of the Midwest' bouldering comp at Prairie Walls climbing gym.
2011 'Best of the Midwest' bouldering comp at Prai...
The headwaters of the Mississippi, Itasca State Park, MN.
The headwaters of the Mississippi, Itasca State Pa...
Come on out to one of the best outdoor climbing event in the midwest. $15 for 15 and over and $10 for kids 14 and under
Come on out to one of the best outdoor climbing ev...
Everyone climbing @ Taylor's Falls should file a permit to climb. It is Free and is great for access/park relations.  <br /> <br />(Even if you are just bouldering) <br /> <br />The park uses permits to count user base.
BETA PHOTO: Everyone climbing @ Taylor's Falls should file a p...
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:

www.dpmclimbing.com/climbing-videos/watch/best-midwest-2011

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 nicros fivten
Apr 25, 2012

www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=340270959370410&set=a.117>>>


We will be hosting Daniel Woods and Paul Robinson in town this weekend. It cost only 10$ and you can climb with them and watch the movie after!!

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 nicros fivten
Aug 3, 2013

Hello,

What area are you referring to?

By nicros fivten
Sep 18, 2013

Hello Friends!!! The Minnesota bouldering guide is finished and headed to print, please go here to pre-order your copy!!!

midwestboulderingguide.blogspot.com/

By nicros fivten
Oct 9, 2013

You can purchase a guide now on our site. Can someone add this to the guidebook links?



midwestboulderingguide.blogspot.com

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. www.escapeclimbing.com/extra/mn-bouldering-guidebook/

A Field Guide to Minnesota Bouldering
A Field Guide to Minnesota Bouldering

By Paul Getzke
From: Bloomington, mn
5 days ago

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!