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Cascade Icefall 

Cascade Icefall 


Type:  Ice, 60'
Consensus: WI3 [details]
Season: Winter
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Submitted By: nodin on Nov 28, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: On Jan. 9 the climb was very brittle and bone dry.


One of the bigger climbs on the North Shore, this moderate makes for a fun days outing. 60 feet high and often 30 feet wide, a number of variations make this enjoyable over and over!
The setting gives you the feel of remote adventure climbing less than 15 minutes from the car...


Highway 61 to County Road 7 then follow to County Road 45. Take a left on 45 and follow a couple miles to the bridge that crosses the Cascade River. Park in the lot and hike down river (towards Lake Superior) about a 1/4 mile. The climb will be obvious. Snowshoes are a good idea for the approach.


Usually fat enough to take 22cm screws...6 to 8 screws should sew it up! There is usally an anchor station in the trees at the top but if not, make one with runners or webbing.

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Looking up Cascade Icefall
BETA PHOTO: Looking up Cascade Icefall
Far shot of Cascade.
Far shot of Cascade.
Steve on Cascade icefall, 10 Jan '10
Steve on Cascade icefall, 10 Jan '10
A. Elton seconding up Cascade. Jan. '07
A. Elton seconding up Cascade. Jan. '07
Cascade. Jan. 9 2010.
BETA PHOTO: Cascade. Jan. 9 2010.
Conditions as of 12/15/07
BETA PHOTO: Conditions as of 12/15/07
Kate Muehling on lower section of Cascade icefall,...
Kate Muehling on lower section of Cascade icefall,...
Fun route. We had two TRs on it. 1/07
Fun route. We had two TRs on it. 1/07
Pretty pitiful this year.
Pretty pitiful this year.

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By Travis Hibbard
Dec 15, 2007
rating: WI3

Conditions are great up there as of 12/15. Would take 22's the whole way if you had em.
By nodin
From: Duluth, MN
Dec 26, 2007

Very nice!!!
By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Feb 3, 2013

Awesome climb! This was in fat shape this weekend. 2/1/13.
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