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GPS: 47.3834, -91.1924
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Tettegouche is the crown jewel of Minnesota climbing. Palisade Head boasts 100 or so climbs with potential for more and Shovel Point holds dozens of climbs. Dramatically positioned over Lake Superior, both areas carry an air of seriousness not found at other Minnesota crags. All climbs must be rapped in to lead or top-roped from above.

There is a strict no-chalk ethic in the area and nailing and bolting is not allowed. That being said, you will occassionally find people using chalk here and you will find old in-situ pins as well as old (and not so old) bolts on some climbs. A free permit to climb is required by the state park and can be picked up during business hours at the park headquarters. Some people get passionate about the chalk debate.

Both areas are good places to wear helmets as tourists abound. Be nice to them and hopefully they'll be nice to us.

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Just north of Silver Bay and about 60 Miles north of Duluth on Highway 61. It's pretty hard to miss the sign for Tettegouche.

113 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Tettegouche SP (North Shore)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 138
Dance of the Sugar-Plum Faeries
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 69
Gold Plated
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 51
Laceration Jam
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 89
Scars and Tripes Forever
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 107
Rapprochement
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 93
Urge to Mate
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 62
A Feathery Tong
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 66
Hidden Treasure
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 75
Don't bring a knife to a gun fig…
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13
 69
Poseidon Adventure
Trad 2 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 40
Mr. Lean
Trad, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 44
Soli Deo Gloria
Trad, TR
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 35
Oz - (AKA The Road To Emerald City)
Trad
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b R
 20
Superior Arete
Trad, TR
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 23
Palisaid
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fae… Shovel Point
 138
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Gold Plated Shovel Point
 69
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Laceration Jam Palisade Head
 51
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 3 pitches
Scars and Tripes Forever Palisade Head
 89
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Rapprochement Palisade Head
 107
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Urge to Mate Palisade Head
 93
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
A Feathery Tong Palisade Head
 62
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, TR
Hidden Treasure Palisade Head
 66
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, TR
Don't bring a knife to a gu… Palisade Head
 75
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Poseidon Adventure Palisade Head
 69
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Mr. Lean Palisade Head
 40
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, TR
Soli Deo Gloria Palisade Head
 44
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, TR
Oz - (AKA The Road To Emera… Palisade Head
 35
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
Superior Arete Palisade Head
 20
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b R Trad, TR
Palisaid Palisade Head
 23
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Trad, TR
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