Avg: 3.7 from 29 votes
|Type:||Ice, 180 ft, 2 pitches|
|FA:||January 1979. Peter Monkkonen, Richard Doege and Brian McKinley|
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|Shared By:||Kris Gorny on Mar 12, 2007|
|Admins:||Kris Gorny, K Ice|
Pitch 1: Start from the river bank and climb over a short steep section leading into a wider snowy bowl at the bottom of the main flow. Ice conditions rarely permit to set up a belay at the bottom of the bowl (best fo avoiding falling ice.) Most of the time you need to suck it up and set up an anchor where the ice gets steeper.
Pitch 2: Go up the steep flow. Fixed sling anchor around a tree on top. Use your own slings to back it up.
For a one-pitch lead a pair of 60m ropes is required (70m is better) and long runners are needed to minimize drag.
Reference: "Ice Climbs of the Lake Superior Region", Granite Publishing
Current Ice conditions: refer to conditions forum at climbingcentral.com
If the river is not frozen, you could walk back additional 100 yards along the highway, turn right into a private driveway leading to a log cabin. To get into the state forest you need to cross private land past the cabin. Do not cross the private property without owners permission. In the forest locate the well-maintained snowmobile trail which roughly follows the cliffline. Hike the trail until it gets closest to the edge of the canyon. You should clearly see reddish cliffs on the other side from that point. Locate the snow gully on top of the climb and scramble down to the sling anchors around the trees. Set up a top rope or rap to the bottom of the canyon. A pair of 60 meter ropes barely makes it to base of the climb.