Grand Marais is a small harbor town at the North Shore of Lake Superior. The area hosts Minnesota's best natural ice falls: Nightfall and Cascade Falls. Great warm up on the way to Nipigon in Canada. Grand Marais is home to the (almost) annual Gentlemen's Occassional - a gathering of kilted Minnesota ice climbers (see photo). The gathering mixes ritual climbing of Nightfall (in kilts) and large amounts of alcohol later on.
From Duluth take MN Hwy 61 North for about 100 miles. Grand Marais is roughly 20 miles north of Lutsen ski resorts.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Grand Marais Area Ice Climbs (North Shore):
Cascade Icefall WI3 Ice, 60 feet
Nightfall WI4 Ice, 2 pitches, 180 feet
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Nightfall WI4 MN : Grand Marais Area Ice Climb...
The most spectacular, and may I add, the only spectacular natural icefall in Minnesota. Grade may vary depending on conditions but the top section is most often WI 4. Nightfall is relatively wide so several variations exist. The climb may be done on top-rope or on lead and it is fun either way. It is usually led in two pitches. For a one pitch lead a pair of 60m ropes is required (70m is better) and long runners are needed to minimize drag.Pitch 1: Start from the river bank and c...[more] Browse More Classics in MN