This cliff face is granite and mostly hard rock with a few soft spots (obvious). Being in the wilderness area of the Minnesota Boundary Waters it is completely secluded and as far as we could tell, has never really been climbed (a real shame since it offers so much diversity). Mostly TR, with a few lines offering Trad with somewhat limited pro (we will be trying more of this next year). Def bring cleaning tools, a lot of this was covered in crispy lichen and collected dirt in some of the buckets. Not much protection from the sun for most of the day, but usually a nice breeze. The north portion of this cliff offers some great solo free climbing opportunities with deep water below.
50 miles northwest out of Grand Marais, Minnesota off Gunflint Trail on Seagull Lake. When get out on the lake it is approximately 1 hour paddle from the landing, and is marked on the areas website as a scenic lookout site. It has a trail on the south side that is a short hike to the top of the cliff.
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Your Lichen It 5.8+ MN : BC's Wilderness Challenge (...
This route starts out just right of the right-hand bottom trees and has a covering of crispy lichen (hence the name), so you need cleaning gear to make the most of this. Once you get above the trees a bit, the growth almost disappears. I love the route because its a nice steady challenge the whole way up and offers a few different options to send after the halfway point. You could make this a 5.10c if you want by simply choosing a slightly different line....[more] Browse More Classics in MN