Bouldering at Governor Dodge


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The Hoofer Mountaineering Club reserved a group campsite at Governor Dodge State Park, about an hour from Madison, for a mid-September Saturday night. We made good use of the perfect weather on Saturday as we bouldered along the Backbone ridge near the Plan B area. The Backbone ridge is a beautiful wall with dozens of problems ranging in difficulty from V0 to V8.

Part of the group also spent some time sport climbing on the Qual Wall and bouldering on the nearby Lonely Boulders. To end the day, we went to the Godfather Boulder, which is probably the most famous rock in the park. It’s tall, overhung, and has problems with names like Corleone’s Corner and Sleeping with the Fishes.

The Hoofer Mountaineering Club often reserves group campsites in state parks near Madison, which always makes for a fun, social weekend full of great climbing. Whether you are interested in learning how to climb, looking for climbing partners or just want to use lots of awesome gear before committing to buying, the club is a great option.

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