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Weekend Climbing at Blue Mounds State Park

Note: This meetup was previously going to be at Custer State Park but we decided to change the location to Blue Mounds as it's closer and has more top-rope routes available.


Information About Blue Mounds State Park

• Located in the southwest corner of the state, it's approximately a 3.5 hour drive from Minneapolis

• Blue Mounds consists of native tallgrass prairie and quartzite cliffs that rise 100 feet above the plains

• Bison roam the prairie!


Climbing at Blue Mounds State Park

• There are trad and top-roping routes. We will be setting exclusively top-roping routes.

Click here to explore some of the climbing routes available


Getting To and Camping at Blue Mounds State Park

• We will need to reserve individual camp sites. I will wait to reserve mine until a few people have RSVPed, at which time I'd be happy to try to reserve a number of campsites near each other and people can pay me back for the reservation fee ($8.50).

• A few of us will be leaving the Minneapolis area after work on Friday and will arrive at our campsites around 9pm. We will leave Sunday afternoon at the campsite check-out time, which is at 4pm.

• If you can't make it on Friday, you'd be more than welcome to join us for any time throughout the weekend!


Required Gear

• Climbing harness

• Climbing shoes

• Helmet (highly recommended)

• Camping gear


If you have ropes and equipment and can set routes, please let us know!

Please comment if you can host a carpool or if you need a ride and where you're located.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a car and can seat three more people comfortably (four uncomfortably, so I'd rather not do that). Leaving from Uptown, downtown mpls, or downtown St. Paul after work on Friday.

    1 · August 9, 2013

    • Alli

      You can ride up with Meaghan and Kevin on Saturday morning. I'll get the details in terms of their leaving time and location and will keep you posted.

      August 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm sorry, I have to cancel. Something came up unexpectedly

      August 22, 2013

  • Alli

    Important message to everyone who is attending: Please fully read the information on this document and provide input where requested. http://goo.gl/br0lKB

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • Dana

    I would really like to join in on the fun. Ive been to blue mounds once earlier this year would really like to go again. I have rope, webbing, tri cams, and a couple camalots to setup top ropes. At the moment im a maybe leaning on yes. Is it too late to jump in the fun?

    August 18, 2013

    • Alli

      Hi Dana, It's definitely *not* too late to jump in the fun! We'd love to have you!

      August 18, 2013

  • Claudia G.

    Also, I'll be bringing my rope (Mammut 10.0mm, 60m long). I don't have any anchoring gear other than some locking carabiners, but I'm planning on picking up some webbing.

    August 11, 2013

  • Alli

    4 campsites have been booked!!

    August 11, 2013

  • Claudia G.

    I'm excited to finally check out blue mounds! Anyone want to carpool?

    August 10, 2013

    • Claudia G.

      I'm leaving from Minnetonka most likely.

      August 10, 2013

  • Alli

    I can provide a car for carpooling and I have space for one or two more people.

    August 9, 2013

    • Alli

      I'm leaving from Uptown area

      August 9, 2013

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