Jeff's World: The Movie Rock Climbing Film
STARRING: Jeff Engel, Tyler Hoffart and Sean Foster
DIRECTED BY: Brenda Piekarski
Lost in a pristine wilderness of shimmering lakes, dense forest and blood-sucking insects is Jeff’s World, a hidden sport climbing destination accessible only by boat and ten miles beyond the Minnesota border into Canada. Only a lucky few have ever had the chance to visit the remote and secluded cliffs. Jeff's World: The Movie follows Jeff Engel, an accomplished route developer from Minnesota, and his friends as they explore, climb and develop this new and wild crag.
Jeff's World was first discovered over 15 years ago by Jeff's father, Gary Engel, while soaring overhead in his float plane near the family cabin. After spotting exposed granite cliffs, Gary flew home to relay the news to his son of his discovery. Jeff and his father mapped out the coordinates, boated to a potential trailhead and bushwhacked their way deep into the woods. What they found was to become the epic playground now known as Jeff's World.
With inexhaustible drive and a vision, Jeff headed into the remote wilderness alone to build trails, climb and develop a world-class crag. Over the years, friends began to arrive to test his routes and create climbs along side of him. Jeff's World: The Movie gives a unique look at the art of creating a line and developing a climbing area through the grit, humor and camaraderie of three route developers and their friends.
Today, Jeff's World is composed of three main areas. Secret Lake is a cliff line that follows a 50-acre lake, gorgeously streaked in orange and black hues with roofs that will blow your mind and shake every muscle in your body. Currently, Secret Lake has around 35 bolted climbs from 5.8 - 5.13a and is the most varied in range of all the areas. Swampwall is a vibrant and perfectly cut gem in the crown of Jeff's World, a peninsula of rock jutting out into a small lake and wrapped in a cloak of reflecting jack pines. The beauty of Swampwall will touch your soul. It will also thrill you as it is one of the premiere deep water soloing crags in the area. And last, but certainly not least, is Jeff's World Proper, an 80-foot overhanging ampitheater of gorgeous solid granite and some of the toughest climbs you will ever consider trying.
However, that's not all. There's rock to be climbed in nearby Voyageurs National Park (not bolted), boulders to be sent on nearly every lake shore and an entire other crag to visit a few miles away in Crane Lake, MN at M&M Hill.
Probably the most exciting aspect of Jeff's World is it's not finished. The area is still in development and will only continue to grow, improve and impress.
All areas and climbs are listed on Mountain Project. Getting there is half the adventure. Find a boat and your best hiking boots, break out a GPS and don't forget your climbing gear in the car. Visit Jeff's World and tell us how it goes!