Iowa Rock Climbing Guidebook

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Iowa Limestone
by Patrick Mees
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A rock climber's digital guide to Iowa Limestone, sometimes referred to as Wild Iowa. This guide includes 3 areas located in Eastern Iowa near Monticello: Pictured Rocks, Indian Bluffs and Ozark Wildlife Area. While unexpected and the butt of endless climber jokes, Iowa does have some decent rock climbing. Formed in ancient seas 2-300 million years ago, the Silurian Dolomite was revealed by erosion and contains some incredibly formed features. One might encounter pockets, crimps, combos, slopers, jugs and fossils on route. While the Iowa climbing history predates the surge of bolting in the early 1990's, that is when climbing began to really develop near corn and hog farms above the North Fork of the Maquoketa and Maquoketa Rivers. Over 100 bolted sport routes offer most styles of limestone climbing from technical slabs to steep jug hauls from 5.6 to 5.12. This is mostly a sport climbing guide. A few trad lines have been added, updates may include more. Read more about Iowa climbing here: Iowa Limestone.

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