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mwelly007


Mar 12, 2008, 1:30 PM
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Spring Climbing  (North_America: United_States: Minnesota: South_West: Blue_Mounds_State_Park)
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Is spring climbing possible here? Next week march 17-21st per say?


krosbakken


Mar 15, 2008, 9:43 PM
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hey I was thinking the same thing.

Anyone out there know?


Hendu3p


Mar 16, 2008, 8:04 AM
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If the weather is good, the climbing is on. I know at the Palisades, spring is pretty muddy though. I don't know too much about Blue Mounds in the spring. Have you been there before? I'm looking at going this next week if the temperature hits the 50s.


krosbakken


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No I have never been to Blue mounds but it looks solid. I was thinking of going next weekend too.

I was reading in the Minnasota guide book and this is what it said:

By far the best time of the year to visit Blue Mounds is in the spring. The southwest corner of the state is often the first to thaw, and temperatures at the base of the climbs can be 20 - 30 degrees warmer than the predicted highs in the twin cities. This also means, of course, that temperatures can be brutally hot in mid - summer. Autumn can be as pleasant as spring if you aren't too tired of traveling be that time of the year.

So by the sounds of that there is probably no snow, maybe just a little muddy.

So does anyone for sure know that next weekend would be climbable at the Blue Mounds?

Thanks


Edit: Does anyone know if there would be snow on the ground?


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Hendu3p


Mar 16, 2008, 11:48 AM
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Just keep checking the weather. If you're interested I can PM you if I'm going to be up there.

A few notes about Blue Mounds:

The rock is really slick, so 95% of climbers toprope instead of trad climb (there are no bolts). Bring plenty of webbing. Hexes and nuts work great for pro at the top, but any trees or boulders are anywhere from 20-50 feet away from the edge. The entrance to the climbing area is south of the main entrance to the park, but you'll need to stop and register as a climber (no cost involved) and get a parking pass ($5/day).


krosbakken


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I sent you a pm. Tell me if you didn't get it.


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