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Warning signs to be posted around bluffs

Brad Williams

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City leaders in La Crosse are resigned to the reality that people like to climb up the bluffs, even though it can be a dangerous sport. 

While they don’t intend to ban climbing, members of the park board are authorizing warning signs about the hazards of rock climbing. 

Board member Todd Olson says he’s ‘strongly concerned’ about the growing popularity of the pastime.

But park director Jay Odegaard says the increase in climbing could be a positive thing, with climbers becoming more willing to watch out for each other. 

Odegaard says the signs will be a way to protect the city against liability, in the wake of what he calls an ‘astoundingly large’ number of climbers on the bluffs.

Earlier this year, homeowners living near Grandad protested city efforts to provide climbers with easier access to the bluff area.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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