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First Week Free
Climbing is FREE during the first week of Open Climbing Hours September 10- 14. Instructors are always on hand to help answer questions and fit equipment.
Free Fitness Bouldering
Focusing on core strength, balance and coordination, bouldering is a great addition to any work out. Add a challenge to your everyday work out with a bouldering routine. Anyone with a facility or climbing pass may boulder at no additional cost during regular facility hours other than open climbing hours. During open climbing hours you must have a climbing pass to boulder or climb. Please keep your feet below the four-foot high red line.
Late Night Cosmic Bouldering
Spend a relaxing late night bouldering and watching videos in the Inland Wall. Everyone is welcome, just stop in. Wednesdays 8–10pm Sept 19, Oct 3, 17, 31 Nov 14, 28 Dec 12 Cost: FREE! Meet: Inland Wall
Adopt-a-crag with the Access Fund 103011
Join with the local climbing community and the Access Fun to clean up and improve local climbing areas. Trash removal, trail maintenance and route improvement will all happen while getting to know more local climbers. Call 218-726-6257 for more info. Saturday, Sept 22, Palisade Head/ Shovel Point, 9am-6pm
Slack Line Thursdays 103012
Join us each Thursday to challenge your balance, build core strength and have fun! Thursdays 5-6pm Cost: FREE Meet: Trailhead, SpHC lobby
Shovel Point, Tettegouche State Park 103014
Sea cliff climbing at its greatest; enjoy high quality climbing on stunning cliffs rising right out of Lake Superior. Bring your camera and your sense of adventure for this fun day. Beginners welcome. Saturday, September 15, 10am-5pm Cost: $20 UMD Students/$55 Others
Ely's Peak, Duluth 103013
Ely's Peak is a rock climbing area just 20 minutes from campus. It's famous for its awesome climbing and spectacular fall colors! Experience outdoor climbing with us in a relaxing and supportive atmosphere. Don't forget your camera for some excellent fall color panoramic photos. Beginners welcome. Wednesday, Sep 26, 4:00-8:00pm Cost: $20 UMD Students/$55 Others Meet: Trailhead, SpHC lobby
Silver Cliff Tunnel, Two Harbors
Silver Cliff offers fun, tall climbs with stunning views of Lake Superior. Located just north of Two Harbors, watch the freighters cruise by while climbing above the old Hwy 61 roadbed. Beginners welcome.
Fall Color Hike & Rappel 103020
Get outside and enjoy the fall colors and the scenic vistas of the St. Louis River Valley. Hike to the summit of Ely's Peak along the Superior Hiking Trail then rappel down a steep cliff face to its base. All rappel equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Saturday, October 6, 12:00-5:00pm Cost: $5 UMD Students/$15 Others Meet: Trailhead, SpHC lobby
Palisade Head, Tettegouche State Park 103021
Think you have learned a few things climbing indoors? Test your mettle at the Midwest's premier outdoor climbing crag. Experience the finest and most challenging rock climbing the Midwest has to offer. Lower yourself over the edge and down to Lake Superior then climb out using skills you have learned climbing indoors and out. This is a more challenging trip and requires some prior experience climbing. Prerequisites: 5.8-5.9 climbing experience, indoors or outdoors.
Mock leading: Sport Climbing for beginners
Take your indoor climbing to a new level with lead climbing. Learn how to climb from the ground up, trailing a rope and clipping pre-placed bolts as you go. Practice techniques for tying in, clipping quickdraws, falling safely and belaying a leader. All equipment provided. Prerequisite: Checked off to belay at UMD's climbing walls.
Mock leading: Trad Climbing for beginners
Traditional lead climbers use nuts, tri- cams, spring-loaded camming devices and other gear to place temporary anchors in cracks as they climb up a route. Learn techniques for getting started, placing anchors, route strategies and belaying a leader. All equipment provided. Prerequisite: Checked off to belay at UMD's climbing walls.
Top Rope Anchors Series: Session 1: Placing Protection
Learn the basics of placing several different
Session 2: Indoor Practice Connecting 2, 3 and 4 Point Anchors
Hands-on practice combining 2, 3 and 4 pieces of protection to create top rope anchors. Safety at the cliff edge and efficiency/timeliness will also be addressed. Prerequisites: Anchors session 1 or equivalent experience placing pro.
Session 3: Outside Practice at Whope Wall Real, outdoor rock practice
This session puts into play all that is learned in the first two sessions. Placing, connecting and setting up actual top rope climbs.
The Summit Challenge
At 5,112ft above sea level, Devil's Tower requires over 1280ft of climbing. The challenge: climb the equivalent height of Devil's Tower on the North Shore Wall. Succeed and you'll win a t-shirt! Ask a climbing staff for more info.
Women on the wall
Calling all women, womyn and female- identifying persons! Come join us at the Inland Wall, located on the far side of the ice-rink, for some women only climbing! Beginners are always welcome. Make sure to tell all your friends! All climbing equipment and female-identifying instructors provided.
Dress up early and join us for some TREATS on Saturday evening. New bouldering problems made all the more TRICKY by your Halloween costume. Compete for the best costume prize! Walk in registration from 2-3pm. Costume and climbing experience not required.
Late Night Cosmic Bouldering
Spend a relaxing late night bouldering and watching videos. Everyone is welcome.
Women on the Wall
Calling all women, womyn, and female- identifying persons! Come join us down in the Inland Wall, inside the ice rink, for some women only climbing! Beginners are always welcome. Make sure to tell all your friends! All equipment and female instructors are provided.
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