On Sept the 25th 2010 the Mountain Goats climbing team from Vertical Endeavors St Paul and their friends spent the day cleaning out this amazing roof, and former alternative living space, making it available to climbing once again. It is rumored to have been the home of some UMD students, and was complete with a stove and every thing one would need for surviving a winter in Duluth outside, including the remains of an ample supply of beer. Some of these lines where done by Jeremy J Schlick and Luke Evens in 94/95 but the names and grades have been lost to history. The cave consists of a large roof about 5.5 to 6 feet high and about 10 feet deep and 15 feet long, and is a definite must see for the consummate Minnesota climber.
From the Ely's peak parking lot head up the trail, at the top of the stairs turn left, after about 500 feet you will come across a faint trail on the right, take it and head up hill. If you come to the old rail road bridge without having found the trail you have gone too far. about 50 feet up the hill you will come a T take the left trail and it will lead you directly to the cave.
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Hobo Arêté V2 Boulder
Alternative Living V3 Boulder
Power Play V4 Boulder
Grease the Track V4 Boulder
Street Thug V4 Boulder
Gumputation V4 Boulder
Jumption V5 Boulder, 10 feet
Dice moves V5 Boulder
Hide Away V5-6 Boulder, 10 feet
Human Evolution V5-6 Boulder
Scott's Knee V7 Boulder
Maggie V9- Boulder
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Street Thug V4 MN : Duluth Rock (Duluth) : ... : ALC (Alternative Living Cav...
Sit start on a good right hand and a crapy left hand. bump and slap your way up to the jug at the top or go big or some combination. There is a painful kneebar and the move can be done static. Also watch out for the stump it is a butt breaker....[more] Browse More Classics in MN