Waking Up In Duluth
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During the first ascent of the route
Tunnel Bluff South West Face. The crux is probably finding a dry, mosquito free day, but this climb, despite the controversy it may create from the local climbing ethics police will be enjoyed by many. It is fun, clean (for the moment!), and well protected. No "set ups" required.
Pitch #1: Get immediately into the beautiful right facing dihedral finger crack, jog right to a bolt and surmount an overhang (awesome movement!) ending on some slab moves to a two-bolt belay. 5.9, 15m.
Tunnel Bluff South West Face. Hike to the landmark tunnel as described. Hike up a small path on the right side (south) for 2 minutes to the base of the route. One may elect to start climbing directly from the path or scramble up a few meters to belay below the right facing dihedral crack.
Set of small camming units (C3s or TCUs), Nuts and QDs for 3 bolts.
A very nice finger crack albeit all too short to f...
By Jessica Winter
Jun 7, 2014
What does "no set ups required" mean? I'm guessing that means this is the only route at this location that has a bolted anchor- is that correct?
By James Garrett
Jul 11, 2014
I guess i was being a cynic as when we were climbing in Duluth, everyone kept talking about "set ups" in referring to "top rope set ups". This route can be comfortably led with a light rack and some quickdraws:):):). Did you do it, then?
By Mike Kubes
From: Duluth MN
Mar 13, 2016
Solid route! Used BD 1&2 C3's for the lower section (nuts would also work). Definitely one of the better routes on the Tunnel Bluff in my opinion.