First impressions were not exactly favorable. The rock turned out to be a very shiny, slippery quarterzite. If you like climbing at Devil's Lake, you might enjoy the rock here, but if you have any decent taste whatsoever in rock type (only teasing, Paul and other DLers!) you may be unimpressed. There were also several groups of unusually loud tourists which we never really seemed to get away from no matter how far from the main area we went.
But Rib Mountain did have some things going for it. First, the rock isn't as bad everywhere as it is on the first boulders you get to. The photo above is looking away from the car park and the boulders in the photo are the set you first get to, the ones which leave a little to be desired in rock quality. If you go left and slightly down the hill, though, you get to a much nicer area with several good problems. We tried and/or did a couple of short cracks and a traverse, and fell off various other things. Most of the problems in this area of the crag were V4 or under, although there was a hard-looking problem involving two shallow seams that we didn't try.
|Divesh wants me to point out that he's not actually standing on the ground here.|
There was also more bouldering down the hillside to the right of the tower, like this prow that Divesh tried:
On the whole, it's an okay crag to try...once. If, God forbid, you do need to find somewhere to boulder in central Wisconsin, I would personally go for the somewhat nearby Rattlesnake Mound over Rib Mountain: better rock quality, nicer atmosphere (despite the name), and easier-to-find problems.