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Muscatatuck State Park: Cold Boulder

Tucked off the side of the road in North Vernon Indiana lies Muscatatuck State Park.  It was snowy. It was cold. It had a slushy approach. But it is home to Indiana's finest bouldering and while I wasn't expecting much, its aesthetic problems and location off of the Muscatatuck River made the trip worth while and worth making again. With plenty of easy problems/warm ups and a few classic testpieces, I left with a satisfied appetite and a few bruised fingertips.

 

As much as I appreciate beautiful climbing and want to live in a location where classic routes are everywhere. I find it refreshing to be in an area where  incredible climbs and climbs in general, are nowhere to be found. Knowing that I'll be moving on afterwards makes this mindset easier to maintain however, hunting around the flat lands of Indiana in search of climbable rock makes me value and respect good climbing even more.

 

Photo time.

Sums up the general feeling of the day.

Sums up the general feeling of the day.

Crimps on Crimps

Crimps on Crimps

Thigh Master (V5)

Thigh Master (V5)