PALISADE HEAD - easy winter climbing trip

Climbing with frozen phalanges can be quite glorious. I invite you on a trip that will open your eyes to 4 season climbing. Here is my proposal:


- Palisade Head - 2 days - easy routes - and lots of fun -


We can set up a toprope or climb trad all day. After we get tired we have the option to drive to Silver Bay for a warm meal or go straight to the Superior Hiking trail and sit around the fire all night. We have the choice to stay longer, hike farther, and climb harder depending on the group. Please ask questions or share your concerns. You will need a winter sleeping bag, warm clothes, and a harness. This trip will be extraordinary!

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  • Logan S

    2 days left.

    January 1, 2013

  • Logan S

    My car still has room for others. Gas will be $7-8 if we have a group of four. In other words, you can climb beautiful multipitch cliffs for two days for less than a daypass costs at VE. ;)

    December 17, 2012

  • Logan S

    Jake, a snow cave would be awesome, I havent done that yet. Last year we set up my 4 season tent (floorless) and dug down so far that we could almost stand. We cooked in the tent and it was sooo warm! We have many options. We will have to contact some Duluthians and see how dry the rock is. Worst case scenerio we can hike to Section 13 and do some exposed scrambling routes roped up.

    December 14, 2012

  • Logan S

    krzysztof, to answer your questions: if we want to climb on the first day we should leave by 6 am. I have two 2 person tents. You need light windresistant clothes for climbing and a belay jacket as well as warm pants for camp. Rock shoes yes, we switch into boots when not climbing. Yes, your hands and feet will likely experience very cold conditions. You do not climb in gloves but having a nice pair for belaying is a great idea.

    My question for you is how familiar are you with backpacking? After a dangerous situation two winters ago I vowed to never teach a newbie how to backpack during the winter season. It requires a knowledge of temperature regulation that is only attained through experience. If you are already an ice climber this should not be a concern for you.

    December 14, 2012

  • Jake

    sounds good to me Logan. I also can bring 10 draws, 60m rope, something like 7 various sized nuts, nut tool. for camping gear i have a solo tent i can bring if other tents are full but its not a 4 season tent and can cover all of my personal gear. as far as community gear goes, i dont have a white gas stove so if its too cold my stove wont work, i do have a steri pen and hiker pro but im assuming well have to boil snow. wouldnt be opposed to making snow caves if there is enough snow.

    December 13, 2012

  • Krzysztof

    Hey guys, I'm really interested in this trip! I've been climbing for a while and am working on marrying it with my photography. A two day trip would surely yield some nice images.

    Gear wise, I've got a 60m rope, set of draws, and ice tools.

    Few questions though. 6am on Friday, is that the time we're leaving Twin Cities? Do I/we need a tent? How warm of clothing do we need? Rock climbing in the middle of the winter, do we wear our rock shoes? Won't our feet, hands get too cold? Gloves for hands? Thanks!

    December 13, 2012

  • Logan S

    Jake, I am a last-second kindof guy so no need give a definitive answer. The only expense will be gas split between the group since camping on the SHT is free, climbing is free, and you always need food so that is not an extra expense either (I am poor and will be cooking all my food!). I would love to sleep on portaledges at Section 13 but realized that not many MN climbers own one so I threw that idea out the window.
    - Arjan, if you want to go we should climb at VE or Midwest before the trip.
    - Jason, I would LOVE to climb Casket Quarry again but the ice was none existant last year and I do not own tools or crampons. There are some sick drytooling sport routes at Casket that can be done in climbing shoes though. Also, the more gear we have the better, I have a full rack and a set of halfropes. If we want to do any toproping we would need a single rope.
    - Everyone, keep me updated!

    December 12, 2012

  • Jason k

    50/50 right now if i can go our not. do you need gear? i have 50m and 70m ropes, a full rack and a extra harness. also i be down to try to find ice if others want to.

    December 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might be in, but ended up not showing a couple of times recently so I am a bit careful with the RSVP button now.

    December 12, 2012

  • Jake

    im still very interested. are you still planning to do the portaledge? i would say i am about 90% sure i will go. only thing holding me back is $$ (currently everything is going towards gear for mt rainier) but i should be able to make a good chunk of change between now and the trip. keep me updated and let me know if there is a date where u need a final answer but assume i can go

    December 12, 2012

  • Logan S

    Very good!

    December 7, 2012

  • Matt H.

    I'd be up for it another time but probably not in January! In the summer I'd definitely be down.

    December 6, 2012

  • Logan S

    Update: two other climbers have contacted me outside of facebook with interest. If you already have my number just call or text me.

    December 4, 2012

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