Blue Mounds

Climbing Areas

brochure Blue Mounds - Climbing Areas

Map and Guide of Climbing Areas at Blue Mounds State Park (SP) in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).

BLUE MOUNDS STATE PARK Climbing Areas You are climbing on Sioux Quartzite One of Minnesota’s hardest rocks, it resists erosion and preserves nearly two billion years of history. Sioux Quartzite’s story began when rivers moved grains of sand, eroded from Earth’s most ancient crust, into piles. The pink, purple and red colors come from iron in the water. Blobs of bacteria, among the earliest life on the planet, lived in these wet sand piles and left white circles still visible today. With heat and time, the sand cemented into sandstone, and eventually baked into quartzite. Over one and a half billion years later, thick glacial ice scraped and scoured the quartzite, leaving cuts and grooves in the stone, and a blanket of gravel, sand, and clay over the landscape. Cycles of freezing and thawing peeled pieces of the stone away, creating boulders and cliffs for us to climb on. *Please refer to guidebooks for more details* BLUE MOUNDS STATE PARK Climbing Information mndnr.gov/bluemounds Warning and Liability Disclaimer Rock climbing is a dangerous activity. Please seek competent instruction and develop good skills before climbing on your own. The State of Minnesota does not certify climbers, instructors or guides, or otherwise determine their qualifications. It does not rate climbing locations, routes or conditions, or determine their safety. The State of Minnesota is not liable if a climber is hurt or killed while climbing in Minnesota State Parks. If individuals choose to climb, they do so at their own risk. Climb in designated areas only. Check park kiosks or online for current closures. Climbing Permits Are Free and Last for One Year Climbing areas are restricted by Minnesota State Park Rules (6100.1355 (8) Rock Climbing), and climbing is allowed by permit only. Permits are free and are good for one calendar year. Individuals may obtain a permit at the park office or climbers parking lot self-registration station. You need a permit from each park where you climb. Organized groups need a commercial climbing permit to climb in Minnesota State Parks. Organized groups include, but are not limited to: schools, camps and businesses that provide instruction or guiding to climbers. Permits for groups require insurance certification and at least one week’s notice to authorize the permit. Contact the park office to obtain application materials. Safety: Please Heed Postings Routes with closed signs are closed for a reason, usually due to unsafe conditions or sensitive natural resources. Respect the postings and give the area a wide berth. Please report any potential safety hazard to park staff. Rocky crags and cracks are prime habitat for insects, bats and snakes. While some may sting or bite if grabbed by mistake, they are a vital resource and should be left alone. There are no venomous snakes in this park. Ethics Promote Safety and Advancement of the Sport Rock climbing puts climbers in direct contact with other park visitors. For your safety and the advancement of the sport, practice good climbing ethics, including the following examples: Keep climbs available - Do not leave climbing equipment unattended to reserve a climb. Park policy allows park rangers to move unattended equipment. During periods of high use, please free up climbs and share them with other climbers. Climbing Anchors - Minnesota State Parks strongly endorse a "clean climbing" philosophy. In all but very limited, pre-approved instances, placement of hardware will be limited to that which can be temporarily placed using the climber’s fingers. All such protection must be placed and removed without altering the rock. Chalk - If you must use chalk, use a neutral color. Brush holds clean before leaving an area. Pets - Pets are welcome in Minnesotas state parks, as long as they are kept on a leash six feet or shorter and are personally attended at all times. Please do not tie pets up along pathways and leave unattended while you climb. Plants - Do not remove vegetation from climbs. Trash and Graf fiti - Keep the park clean and pack out trash. Inform park staff of any graffiti in the climbing area so that it can be removed. Trails - Use established trails when accessing climbs to keep you safe and to prevent erosion. 2017, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources This guide is published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4040. Phone: 651-296-6157, 888-MINNDNR. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is an equal opportunity employer. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities.

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