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What would you day if I told you of perfect (albeit defaced) granite boulders standing 10-15 feet high existed in Wisconsin? You'd probably think I was crazy, but you'd be wrong. The Monico Boulders are this place.
Approximately one mile South of Old 26 on Highway 45, just South of Monico, WI. The main boulders lie on the West side of the highway.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Monico Boulders:
After reading about these boulders, I looked at my topo map and realized that I have seen these boulders too. I remember you could see one heavily graffiti boulder from the highway. I never checked them out, but they look pretty thin and pretty hard! Looks like it could be some decent climbing though.
The Monico Boulders were originally a hang-out training area for a couple of local Rhinelander climbers. I spent a summer in the area and climbed a bunch at Monico. The big long angled arete is a standing project. I cleaned off the moss and needles, but never finished it. I've never had access issues, but its always a good idea to stay discrete.
Just drove by there today (April 13, 2011) and the site is for sale. I called the agent listed on the sign and the owner is selling the entire 4.27 acres which include the boulders. Asking price is $35K but he is supposedly, "a very motivated seller". Wouldn't it be great if someone could buy it up and actually keep a piece of climbing land north of 29 actually open. Send me a msg if you want more beta on the listing agent - I have their number.
By Chris treggE Administrator From: Madison, WI Apr 13, 2011
Is there water or anything else of note on the property? Is there a house or cabin?
I climbed here a couple years ago and thought there might be room for a couple new problems... I'm surprised no one has done the project yet. This summer I'll be back in WI for a couple months, staying not far from Monico and will work on it a bit... anyone been there lately?