Gold Mine

Gold Mine is one of latest additions to the northern climbing scene. It has an abundance of boulders in a very unique and northern landscape. The crown land offers some fantastic camping nearby that makes for great longer trips to the area.

Much thanks to Brendan Baars, Aaron Bopp and Charlie Hall for contributing the guide to Gold Mine.

Don't miss their feature-length video on some of Gold Mine's gems - watch it on Vimeo!

Directions

 

From Sudbury, take the Trans Canada highway west towards Sault Ste. Marie. At about 108 km out of Sudbury, take Hwy 108 north towards Elliot Lake and travel north for 64 km, which will take you through Elliot Lake and the 108 will turn into the 639. After 64 km, the road will end at Hwy 546 - at this point turn left and venture southwest for 7.6 km, where you will find the trail into the crag.

 

At the 7.6 km mark is a small pull-off on the south side of the road. The trail to Gold Mine is on the opposite side of the road approximately 15-30 feet west of the parking area. The trail zig-zags through the trees and, as of last year, still had downed trees that need to be stepped over. The more the area is frequented, the more obvious the path will become. Follow the trail until you see rocks (3-5 minutes) and the trail will split off left (west) and right (east). Look left and you will notice a slab approximately 40 yards away. This is the Ant boulder. Travelling right (east, 3-5 minutes) the first boulder encountered is the Alexander the Great boulder. Gold Mine is split up between four different areas. (See topo below.)

Camping is located at the 10.7 km mark south from the Hwy 546 turn. Turn left onto the logging road and continue for 300 m and camp along the river bank area.

       A brief note on development
Gold Mine is an extensive area with many new potential problems and sections to be discovered and developed. This whole area is open to all who have the will and elbow grease to venture out and develop the boulders. Please let us know if any more problems get sent and we will add them to this page for all to enjoy. Currently, all projects are open. 
Should the wish to close a project arise, we suggest marking off the problem in a method that communicates to others that the project is closed (such as a red stake in the ground or a stake with flagging tape).
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Gold Mine pull-out on Hwy 546
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The highest concentration of large boulders are in the Lower Gold Mine section. Here you will find flat landings, big boulders, and some classic lines. Standouts for the entire area are Performance Anxiety (V5), Nighthawk (V4), Silhouette (V5), and The Color of Time (V9). Each area has plenty of potential for development with the Middle and Upper Gold Mine being the least explored.

Nightmare Zone

Nightmare zone is the lower west side of Goldmine. West of Gold Mine West which is also known as ABC Area when you enter from the road. It wraps around the bottom left of the cliff and has many great boulders. Enter from the road and when you get to the sign at the first T intersection turn left and follow the trail that starts west of Ant boulder. 
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Wayne's World Boulder
Wayne's World Boulder

Party on Garth |V3
Sit start on a mini sloping crimp rail. same start as Party on Wayne. move right through easy moves and meet up with Wayne Stepping' to topout. Orange Line.

Wayne Stepping | V2
Red Line

Party on Wayne – V4
A one move wonder but still fun! Sit start with both hands on crimpy rail. Make the crux move straight up with the right hand and trend left!
Purple Line

No Stairway | V2
FA Danny Plonka  July 31 2021
This is a slabby line on the north side of the Waynes World Boulder. Which is one of the first boulders as you enter the nightmare zone. Not far from ant boulder. Just left/ west by maybe 100’

 
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Sorting Hat Boulder
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FA Danny Plonka July 31 2021
Slitherin is a V1 on the north side of the sorting hat boulder. This is one of the first boulders in the Nightmare Zone. 

HufflePuff  V4
FA Shannon Aug 9 2021
On the Sorting Hat Boulder in the Nightmare Zone. Left hand start on the undercling of the arete, right hand on the crimpy triangle. Stand start. Tech your way straight up and top out!
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Daymare's | V4
FA Danny Plonka July 310 2021
This line lies on the right side of the face of the boulder. Start matched on cool little juggy crimp and head up the face using crimps and using the slopey right arete.
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Gnome Boulder
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Crystal Boulder

You will be able to see this boulder off to the right of the trail on your way to the Nightmare Zone.
Crystal | V3
Start on obvious crimp in the middle of the face and figure out how to surmount the small roof.
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Gnome Boulder

This boulder is past the Wayne's World Boulder, and past Sorting Hat. When you get to Daymare, it's somewhere to the left.


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Sit start on the good hold and topout above.


Ungnome | V5
Sit start low on good incuts. Move up to a crimp and sloper and pop for the top.
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Ant Trap | V0

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

A great warm up crack as well as the down climb for the boulder. Locate the obvious crack feature on the leftmost side. (Red line on image.)

Antics | V3

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

An odd low start on crimps, get a good right foot and rock onto it. Top out on Antagonist. A little awkward and contrived. (White line on image.)

Antagonist | V1+

FA Charlie Hall 2019

Start on horizontal dime-size crimps and great feet. Climb straight up. (Yellow line on image.)

Ant Farm | V1

FA Charlie Hall 2019

Start in the dihedral with good feet on either side. Make your way up the ant tunnel crack to the top. (Blue line on image.)

 

Antrophy | V2

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

A hard start leads to delicate smearing on bad feet to reach a seam near the top of the boulder. (Green line on image.)

Army Ant V2

FA Charlie Hall

This climb is on the north side of the ant boulder, and is burlier than the other slabby climbs on this massive boulder.

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Ant Boulder

Ant Boulder

The first boulder seen after the trail reaches the rocks. Look left and the boulder should be an obvious slab. A great warm up boulder.

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Diamond Boulder

Located 50 yards north (toward the cliff line) of the Ant Boulder. North-facing, so you cannot see the climbs until walking around the boulder.

Diamond | V4

FA Brendan Baars 2019

The centre and best line climbs from a kind of sit start on small crimps up the middle. Ledges and crimps lead to a committing last move to the lip.

(Red line on image.)

Ruby | V3

FA Brendan Baars 2019

Same start as Diamond but moving left and a couple moves. (Blue line on image.)

Opal | V3

FA Brendan Baars 2019

Same start and cutting right midway through the boulder. Same start as Diamond but moving right on small crimps. (Yellow line on image.)

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Dragon's Den

Can be found just east of the Diamond Boulder approximately 40 yards on a small rise.

Threat Level Midnight | V2

FA Brendan Baars 2019

A cool-looking boulder that has interesting roof-like moves. Start as low as possible on the sloper ledge. Make your way around the half moon using two key holds. Top out on the arete.

Dirty Hand Box | V3

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

Start with a side-pull ledge with your left and a crimp inside the cave with your right. Head up and left to a good ledge until you can reach up and right to use the side of the boulder (where bush is in left picture). Stand straight up on starting block. Move left and top out. Confusing and tricky.

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Lower Gold Mine

The highest concentration of large boulders is in the Lower Gold Mine area. Here you will find flat landings, big boulders, and some classic lines. Standouts for the area are Performance Anxiety (V5), Bucephalus (V4), and the standout testpiece, The Color of Time (V9). First ascents are everywhere for the taking with a little elbow grease and vision.

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Alexander the Great Boulder

 

Regina | V4

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

Start left hand on a southern sandstone like slimper and a right hand low in a crack. A funky imaginative bottom leads to pure slab technique on bad holds to reach the penultimate jug near the top.

Left Flank of Gaugamela | V1

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

Start just around the corner to the left of Gaugamela. Climb straight up.

Gaugamela | V2

FA Steve Taylor 2019

Tricky start on the blunt face leading to a committing top.

Open the Iliad | V4

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

The first climb you see when approaching the boulder from the main trail. Start on a big step and climb the dihedral aiming up and right. Small holds and feet make the last move a treat.

Sarissa Mastery | V5

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

Start 8 feet right of Open the Iliad.

Bucephalus | V4

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

Pictured bottom right. Start using an undercling and good feet. Make your way up using your imagination into a good stance on a small ledge. Breathe then precariously make your way up using poor feet and poor hands. Gain high feet and reach for the top. If not for the reachiness, this problem would be 5 stars.

Ladder Attack | V0

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

Climb up the scoop to the right of Bucephalus.

Volunteer Mountaineer | V2

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

Just right of the scoop. Climb straight up.

Opies Run | V0

FA Adam Page 2019

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The School Yard Boulder

This boulder touches the Alexander the Great Boulder on the northern side near Regina (V4).

Sunday School | V6

FA Brendan Baars 2019

A short powerhouse of a problem. Start low on a small ledge and using a left foot low and a high right foot to create opposition, bump your right hand up the sidepull. Move feet and launch for a sloping mailbox slot on top. Mantle it out. A much harder version could potentially be climbed to the right.

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Adam Hates Flies Boulder

This boulder is tucked in an alcove on the north side of the School Yard Boulder.

What Bugs? | V5

FA Adam Page 2019

A great compression problem. Start low on a small ledge and right edge. Power up! A low start is entirely feasible for those looking for an easy cleaning job on a boulder that’s very friendly on height and padding.

Major League Boulder

From Bucephalus on the Alexander the Great Boulder, take the trail southeast around a tight loop and head uphill. The trail will veer right into a valley and the next cluster of boulders will be right there. The Major League Boulder is visible from the small valley on the left. A majority of the lines have been climbed with potential for at least two more but they will be V10-13 range.

Strikezone | V7

FA Steve Taylor 2019

Far left side of the boulder near the “cave entrance.” Sit start on two small jugs. Make your way up and left with the first 4-5 moves being the crux of the problem revolving around a thrutchy throw to a good crimp halfway up. Bust right after the crux and keep it together as you make moves with the tree at your back. Top of the boulder is a jug.

Major League Swing | V8-9

FA Brendan Baars 2019

Start on a good edge to the right side of the arete and make a big move to a sloping dish around the arete. Utilize a heel hook and small crimps to bust to the lip. Press it out. 

 

Put Me In Coach | V5
          FA Brendan Baars 2019

Start on in-cut edge (left) and right hand on a low crimp by the arete (right). Make a hard first move right hand and work up the arete to reach another edge. Bust to the lip or use a toe hook out left. A difficult mantle top-out awaits you.  

Child’s Play | V2

FA Chris Myers 2019

Start on the two edges at the same height as each other just on opposite sides of the arete. Climb up the slab using decent holds. An easy top-out awaits you. 

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Color of Time Boulder
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Color of Time Boulder

Continue on the trail passing under Major League Swing and Put Me In Coach (you can see Colour of Time Boulder from here). Standing under the obvious giant 30’ overhanging boulder, look right and a severe overhanging face will be clearly visible. This is the Color of Time Boulder.

Color of Time | V9

FA Brendan Baars 2019

A power endurance test piece. Sit start with your hands crossed. Heel hook near your hand and power up right to a sloping ledge. Continue right hand to a decent sloper ledge. Sink a heel on the upper start hold and make a big move to a ledge side pull with an indent. Take a breath and prepare for the crux. Find a way to cross up and over to the next ledge which faces the wrong direction, then adjust your feet holding maximum tension. Bust to the lip saving strength for a topout that could spit you off. (Red line on image.)

Time for War | V5

FA Brendan Baars 2019

A boulder problem that needed to be climbed. Stand start with the left hand on a good ledge above your head and right hand on the undercling ledge below it. Campus or try to paste a foot to move up and right, utilizing lots of footwork. Decent holds lead to a committing left heel hook for a top-out. (Yellow line on image.)

The back side of Color of Time Boulder:

Performance Anxiety | V5

FA Chris Myers 2019

Start low on a good jug. Make a big move up and left. Get your heel hooking on to reach a bad crimp. Either be insanely strong and match the crimp or bump your right hand to a sloper dish right below the lip. Figure out your feet and top out.

Stardate | V4+

FA Cody Erickson 2019

Start on two separate crimps and make a couple moves to reach the crux. Pull around the bulge and make your way onto the slab headwall. Continue to the top.  (Leftmost green line on image.)

The two rightmost green lines in the image are open projects.

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615 Dollar Boulder

A boulder sitting close enough to the others but far enough to seem lonely. It hosts many easy to moderate climbs. From the backside of the Color of Time Boulder there is a trail that leads downhill. 615 Dollars should be visible almost from Performance Anxiety. The first problem encountered is 615 Dollars and the problems that follow are listed as you move climber's left.

615 Dollars | V5

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

Start by climbing the sloper ledges up to meet the crux in the middle of the boulder. Figure out a high left foot or stretch and grab a crimp. Finish up on easier terrain. The first boulder encountered from the trail. Obvious vert wall.

50 Likes | V0

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

When facing the slab portion of the boulder (left and around the corner of 615 Dollars) climb the right slab arete on mediocre-quality rock.

Pro Gym Climber | V2

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

Climb the cool-looking water-grooved slab on the right side but left of the arete.

From Gym to Crag | V0

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

Climb the slab on the left side.

Beaver Research | V3

FA Brendan Baars 2019

Climb the left arete starting on the left side of it. Slopers and crimps lead to a good top-out.

Frat House Stafford | V3

FA Brendan Baars 2019

A one move wonder! Start with left hand on undercling/sidepull and right hand on a crimp. Jump/cross/do something to reach the lip and hold on! Mantle it out and grab your points.

Better than Bopp | V3

FA Brendan Baars 2019

Start on crimps and make a few moves. Use levitation and palm press to establish feet high. Stand up and use better crimps to the top.

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Upper Gold Mine

Upper Gold Mine Consists of all boulders in the woods, uphill from Color of Time Boulder but does not include the Gold Mine Talus. If this is confusing, please reference the overall map and this will make complete sense. Very few things have been developed here but the ones that have been cleaned/climbed are spectacular lines. Standouts include Nighthawk (V4+) and the deceptive palm-pressing dihedral, Eat This Scroll (V5).

 

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Scroll Wall

After you pass The Color of Time, continue uphill on the trail. If the trail is not obvious, just continue uphill keeping the big boulders that line the talus field within sight. The first established problem is the dihedral block, Eat This Scroll is on this block. After it, there are plenty of slab projects to clean and climb.

Eat This Scroll | V5

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

A dihedral delight. Start standing with your hands wide at the base of the dihedral. Master your way up the open book using any beta or body part available.

Syrupy Boulder

Heading uphill, past the Scroll Wall, keep glancing to the right (away from all the boulders) and there will be a lonely boulder somewhere near the Scroll Wall. From beneath the boulder it does not look like a boulder worth checking out but as soon as you are on the uphill side of it, it becomes apparent why this boulder was worthy.

Maple Leaf  | V5

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

Are you a crimp master and love small feet? This is for you! Without doubt a cool-looking boulder. The only reason it gets downgraded is because it is slightly an eliminate but such a cool climb on minuscule crimps and tiny, tiny feet. The eliminate part only comes into play during the first couple moves. The start hold is located by the right arete and due to the shape of

the boulder you can grab the right "part of the leaf". But as soon as you make a couple moves using the obvious crimps, It's full face climbing!

Mrs. Buttersworth | V6

FA Brendan Baars 2019

Climb the arete from a sit start utilizing small crimps, big moves, and the splits. Start with left hand pinching the arete and right hand on your choice of crimps. Move up and right, establishing your feet in a split position and figure out how to get over the bulge.

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Nighthawk

Nighthawk Boulder

After you pass the Scroll Wall, continue along the trail as it goes uphill. The trail will wind along the southeast face of a few boulders before cutting between two boulders. Go through the notch and continue uphill north by northwest until you meet up with Nighthawk.

Nighthawk | V5

FA Charlie Hall 2019

Intro to compression. Start on a low vertical rail for the right and incut notch for the left. Slap left to get to the arete and squeeze your way to the top. Hard start.

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The White Stripes Boulder

This stunningly beautiful white and black streaked boulder is an absolute must if you have the pads and courage to try. A less than ideal landing can be made adequate with 3 or 4 pads but it still requires a spotter. Despite being in a different area, this boulder is within sight of Nighthawk.

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Gold Mine Talus

Gold Mine Talus field may not be obvious if you’ve been in Lower Gold Mine. But basically uphill from most of Lower Gold Mine and following the Upper Gold Mine boulders is a giant talus field filled with boulders ranging from small rock to house-sized boulders. All the climbs developed are worth going to but the biggest standout is the highball, Silhouette (V5).

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Silhouette | V5

FA Aaron Bopp 2019

Slab climbing cannot get much better than this. Start low on your choice of holds and make fancy footwork to reach opposing sidepull crimps. Step your way up and launch for a decent rail right below the lip. Scary and proud this send will be. Photos and video do not do this boulder justice in beauty or size.

The Creature Boulder and Tunnel Vision Boulder
 
These two boulders are found to the right of Silhouette as seen in the picture
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The Creature

Creature of the Mine | V3

FA Linda Yang 2021

Start with both hands on the left-slanting rail. Climb up the arête and top out.

 

Creature of the Mine, Low | V5

FA Pierre Cusa 2021

Start with both hands on the low platform and climb into Creature of the Mine.

 

Tunnel Vision | V2

FA Linda Yang 2021

Start at the bottom of the tunnel with one hand on the arête to the left and the other on the vertical edge to the right.

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Burn and Rage Boulder

Located directly downhill and within 30 feet of Silhouette. From Silhouette, it will not look like a boulder worth exploring because the climbing is located on the downhill side of the boulder on a plateau with a cliff right behind you.

Burn and Rage | V7

FA Brendan Baars 2019

Double toe-hooks? 360 spins? Feet first climb? This thing has all of the

funky moves you may hate or love. Either way, an amazing climb on blocky slopers with excellent rock quality.

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State of the Art

Modern Era Boulder

If you are at Nighthawk, State of the Art can be found by traversing into the talus and heading back down the hill heading southwest. State of the Art is tucked in a corridor of big boulders and has a large flat boulder as its landing.

 

 

State of the Art | V7

FA Brendan Baars 2019

Climbs the crimp rail in the middle of the large square face. Utilize a toe-hook and a piano match to get through this vicious crimp crux.

Adjacent Areas
Gold Mine has so much more to be established, as mentioned above. The nearby areas are full of potential problems waiting for vision and effort. Here are a few photos of established problems in adjacent boulder fields.
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The Whittler
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Slapping the Basswood SDS