Giant City, Illinois (IL)
Formed over 12,000 years ago and attracting 1.2 million visitors yearly, Giant City State park boasts some of the most exciting and scenic rock climbing in the Midwest. Here you can get some advice from the ghost of a confederate soldier who used these grounds as a haven or have a powwow next to the remains of one of the oldest Native American stone walls. These sandstone bluffs provide adventure to the climbers of today, but provided shelter to ancestors over 10,000 years ago. Climbing and rappelling are permitted at the park in two locations. The areas of Devil's Standtable cliff and Shelter #1 bluff at the Makanda entrance are accessible to climbers, and ropes are permitted on these cliffs. No permanent anchors allowed. Watch out for the copperhead snakes that like to sunbathe on the ledges!
- The Streak- V0 A great warm up rock with an awesome top out.
- Teater Totter- V4 his boulder is said to have some of the best slopes in Giant City.
- Superball- V4 A great problem waiting to be solved just around the corner from the bouldering cave.
- Roof Traverse- V3 It seems easy till it is time to top out!
- Pinch Me- V6 You can find a lot of long reaches and confusing footwork on this problem.
- Medicine Man- V1 A short but smooth problem, right next to the waterfall.
- Leashless Angel- V10 You might need wings for this one. Long moves and small holds make for a difficult traverse.
- Higher Education- V6 Noted to be fun and scary at the same time.
- Giraffe’s Hat- V3 This top out on this one will have you feeling like you are as tall as the name.
- Gill Warm Up- V1 This is a fun problem…if you can figure out the first move.
- Even When Wet- V5 This crack feature is the highlight of this rock.
- Devil’s Traverse- V4 Lots of fast moves and quick feet will get you going here.
- Devil on a Leash- V6 This is an extremely hard V6. This problem will take a few tries!
- Center Line- V3 A breezy top out with a fun highball.
- Buzzsaw Arete- V4 Climbers say that everyone has a different beta on this rock.
- Broken English- V8 Mono’s and nubbins make this problem difficult in spots.
- Apache Slap- V0 Can you do this one in three moves?
- Jah Arete- V8 You will get abs of steel conquering this problem. This is one of the best boulders at Giant City.
- Standard- V3 Lots of fun with big jugs easy to sink into.
- Jack’s Crack- 5.7 While it looks harder than it is, it is a great climb for beginners. (Traditional)
- Stand Table Route- 5.8 Once you figure out the top anchor set up, this is a really fun route. (Traditional)
- 1-2-3- 5.8 Huge holds with a fun top out. (Traditional)
- Scout- 5.2 Here is another easy, fun climb for beginners. (Traditional)
- The Gulley- 5.3 This route is quick and simple, great for learning how to use your feet. (Traditional)
- Aaron’s Problem- V7 A little bit of a tricky problem with an even trickier top out!
- Indian Summer- V4 Looks easy but may take a few tries.
- J-Lo- V5 A great left sloper makes this problem worth the effort.
- Roof Traverse- V0 This is a great warm up and lots of fun.
- Indian Burn- V5 Start in the cave and watch out for sharp edges, this long climb is interesting and a great work out.
- Copperhead- V7 Known as the most unique boulder at Giant City, lots of sharp crimps make it quite difficult.
- Camel’s Hump- 5.4 An easy, fun warm up.(Traditional)
- Makanda Lieback- 5.8 This is a hard and strenuous route with tricky footing. Be sure to top and smell the lemongrass… (Traditional)
- Monkey Move- 5.9 Here there is lots of smooth sailing after the crux, if you get that far.
- Open Book Direct- 5.8 Interesting variations makes this route a good option for a solo.