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Submitted By: Brandon Snyder on Mar 28, 2010
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The norwick ledge is no doubt the largest cliff in the state the wall ranges from 100 to 300 feet tall and is about a half mile wide the climbing is dirty from lack of use and there are sections of loose rock this area could become a developed area but as for now I would call it adventure climbing

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the ledge is located outside of bergland MI in the west end of the UP the access is for me curntly unknown and a long hike is requried look on a topo to find it

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Weather station 12.8 miles from here

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

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Book of Saturdays 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  MI : Norwick Ledge
This route is in the vein of adventure climbing the rock is dirty and some people might not think the rock to be to quality but I enjoyed the route. it stars on a long slab to a long 3rd class ledge were we belayed for a small part. you then climb through a chiminey to a corner that leads to a cave the rock here is sketch and is also the crux of the route. try and arange a belay in the cave then exit out onto the face and finish with a 100 foot pitch . walk off along ways either way. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in MI

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a topo of the ledge
BETA PHOTO: a topo of the ledge
the large cliff
the large cliff
norwick in the winter
norwick in the winter

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By ChristopherThies
From: Walworth County, WI
May 21, 2010
Excellent find/beta. Thanks - to you (& your crew) - for posting this crag.

I've never been there, but I think that this cliff (in the Trap Hills) may be more commonly referred to as either 'The Hack Site' or 'Hack Site Cliff'. I found a link to the reference/use of these names here:

'Norwich Ledge' [an old 1800's mining locale, spelled with an 'h'] is located about 5 miles East of 'Hack Site (Cliff)'. The first climbing mention of 'Norwich Ledge' I've found is Alan Bagg's "50 Short Climbs in the Midwest" (1978). Norwich Ledge is definately longer - it stretches out for about 5 miles.
By L.Walton
From: Madison, WI
May 8, 2011
Any chance you could give a bit more of a description on how to get to Norwich Ledge? A pin-point on google maps would be ideal. Thanks for posting. I'll try to add more pics if I can find it.
By AJ Smith
Jun 25, 2011
Anyone know how to get there via the NCT shortcut? We took the rail tracks from the corner of old 64 and that was pretty long. Climbed a variation of the Book of Saturdays. Calling it "The Route to Glory". 5.8 might be a bit of a sand bag on the grade for the top two pitches. Vegetation makes the whole thing very hard, but the pro can be pretty bomber. The second (third on Book of Saturdays) can be pretty sketch.
By AJ Smith
Jun 25, 2011
Also there are bolts on the far climbers right of the cliff that you can use to rap down to the base. Two guys were out there bolting today in that area, so maybe a new routes going up!
By L.Walton
From: Madison, WI
Feb 26, 2012
Props to those that put this up. My girlfriend and I tried the BOS route, but never found the actual line. Instead I lead some interesting 5.11ish route, which we bailed on due to nerves. We hiked in on the NCT, then got off trail (around the far left side of your cliff pic) and eventually made our way down the cliff face and then traversed along the base to what we thought was the climb.
By Ron Jon
From: Boyne City, MI
Jul 1, 2013
Has there been anymore development in this area in the past couple of years? Any sport routes? Its off the beaten path and hard to get to, which makes sense that there is not many routes here. But it would be awesome to develop the area. There is a ton of rock here, dont know about the rights/access, but something to take advantage of. Let me know. Thanks.
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