I wanted to start by saying thank you to all who have supported the guide. Today we learned that Swede's Forest in western Minnesota is part of the Scientific and Natural area which does not allow climbing making Swede's (For now).
CLOSED TO CLIMBING!
|Nic Oklobzija on the Jim Merli technical test piece the "Chicken Hawk"|
|Maybe someday this will be allowed to be open but for now please stay out.|
Here is a message from the MCA
"Today, in our first significant meeting of the year, we learned that climbing at Swede's Forest, and at the lesser known Blue Devil Valley, is a violation of state law. These two areas are among Minnesota's 160 Scientific & Natural Areas (SNA) which have their own specific rules governing usage of the land. We are working with the DNR to put together a clear and comprehensive message about this issue.
Please do not venture out to these locations with the purpose of climbing. Let your climbing friends know and stay tuned for a more formal announcement in February. Thank you!"
With this closer it is easy to get frustrated however let me remind you that not even a year ago the DNR played a crucial role in opening Sandstone and Banning State Park.
Thank you in advance for respecting the closer.