BETA PHOTO: Rusty ring Wall from below, "Rusty Rings" is on th...
The Rusty Ring Wall is the first wall above you as you get to the cliffs. Named for the ancient ring bolts (which look to predate Death of a Salesman) found on an unknown dihedral. The rock quality in this section is very good, and the belay area is just a kick ass hang. A lonely birch keeps you company.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rusty Ring Wall:
A very bouldery route to the right of Half Hearted. Start on the arete and work up to a jug underneath the roof. Some dynamic moves and serious cranking will take you through the crux and onto the corner/nose feature. A couple more balancy moves gaurd the anchor. Just a real beautiful line with engaging moves....[more]Browse More Classics in WI
I thought this wall was a bit short (25ft?) to be worth too much effort. Half Hearted looked by far the coolest route. Is there a direct start to the traverse 5.12? I will return to check it out in the spring!
By TravisMelin From: Roanoke, VA La Crosse, WI Feb 15, 2010
Hey Rhoads, Dont let the height deceive you, all the routes are really really fun. The traverse route looks contrived but is really fun. This wall has some of the best individual sequences at the Castle. I looked at the direct a bit but never found any holds...at all.
Noted Melin, at first glance I was disappointed at the height but I'll take your word for it until I actually climb them myself. i wonder who puts those rings in?!!? Old School!
By TravisMelin From: Roanoke, VA La Crosse, WI Feb 16, 2010
So old school! I have a friend who climbed here back in the 60's. I told him about it (the rusty rings) but he had no clue who might have put em in. He did mention that there used to be a really cool spire on the tippy top of the Castle, but long ago some hill billys blasted it off with dynamite. Who knows maybe those rings werent even put in by a climber?