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Grand Marais Area Ice Climbs (North Shore) Climbing


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Cascade Icefall WI3
Nightfall WI4
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Elevation: 657 ft
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Shared By: Kris Gorny on Mar 12, 2007
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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.

This is a resort town so lodging in one of the hotels or cabins is not a problem (as long as you have the cash). If you feel like eating after climbing, Sven & Ole's has great pizza's. For fun check out the Gunflint Tavern - good beer selection and live local folk music.

Getting There [Edit]

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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Classic Climbing Routes at Grand Marais Area Ice Climbs (North Shore)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI4
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Nightfall
Ice 2 pitches
WI3
 23
Cascade Icefall
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Nightfall
 22
WI4 Ice 2 pitches
Cascade Icefall
 23
WI3 Ice
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