Video: 'Bouldering the Great Plains'

For episode No. 4 in our “Off The Map” video series, sponsored by Yakima, we travel to western Minnesota in search of some of the most obscure rock climbing on the continent. The episode, “Bouldering the Great Plains,” highlights the unlikely and rare rock — and the rare climbers who pursue it! — on a landscape dominated not by mountains but wheat fields, dirt roads, and old farms. Climb on!

—For a different kind of adventure, watch episode No. 1, “The Lost Coast,” in our Off The Map series, which covers a trek on California’s Pacific Coast.

Posted by Sean - 06/29/2012 02:13 PM

Really cool video. Reminds me of many fun adventures past.

Posted by Reed - 07/02/2012 12:24 PM

I’m surprised you guys didn’t make it to Blue Mounds State Park, the bouldering scene there is super obscure, one guy has been developing the whole thing and has put out a somewhat secret guidebook. I used to live close by, I live in SLC now and can vouch that some of the problems there are world class.

Posted by T.C. Worley - 07/03/2012 05:15 PM

Reed, I’m sure it was considered, but is not nearly as “off-the-map” as the places we visited. You are correct though -some good routes down there.

Posted by Dave Sandel - 07/09/2012 12:15 PM

Hey! I recognize those people!

I don’t think I’ll be making the trip west for those boulders though. Can we import some from Hueco?

Posted by Jenifer Fadness - 02/22/2013 04:46 PM

I saw a presentation by Stephen Regenold at the Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, and was thrilled to hear him mention Western Minnesota!

Love the video! Glad you enjoyed our part of the state.

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