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Grand Marais Area Ice Climbs (North Shore)

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Grand Marais Area Ice Climbs (North Shore) Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Kris Gorny on Mar 12, 2007
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At the base of Nightfall. The impeccable gentlemen...


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 

From Duluth take MN Hwy 61 North for about 100 miles. Grand Marais is roughly 20 miles north of Lutsen ski resorts.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 4.2 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Grand Marais Area Ice Climbs (North Shore):
Nightfall   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches, 180'   
Cascade Icefall   WI3     Ice, 60'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Joel Therneau and Lana Nysse on the 2nd pitch. Mar...

Nightfall WI4  Minnesota : Grand Marais Area Ice Climb...
The most spectacular, and may I add, the only spectacular natural icefall in Minnesota. A must-do for any Minnesota ice climber. A significant part of the Nightfall experience is a unique hike along the frozen and meandering Devil's Track River enclosed within reddish walls of a steep ravine. Grade may vary depending on conditions but the top section is most often WI 4. Nightfall is relatively wide so several variations usually exist. Pitch 1: Start from the river bank and climb ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Minnesota

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Rock Climbing Photo: This is one way to get to and from Nightfall.
This is one way to get to and from Nightfall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cascade
Rock Climbing Photo: Welcome sign by the harbor in Grand Marais.
BETA PHOTO: Welcome sign by the harbor in Grand Marais.

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