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Duluth's latest adventure: Ice climbing in a new park

Duluth can now officially lure climbers as it turns an old quarry into a park.

By: Star Tribune, Pam Louwagie | January 1, 2016

For decades, it was an open secret among climbers: Tucked inside a neighborhood on Duluth’s west side sat a wide and tall cliff carved from an old quarry. Most winters, natural ice cascades down its face, ripe for crampons, axes and ropes.

Now the secret is officially out: Ice climbing there will be sanctioned by the city.

Duluth is adding to its repertoire of outdoor adventure attractions by creating a new 30-acre park at the site of the quarry once owned by the Crushed Stone Co.; its main attraction is a 1,000-foot-long, 100-foot-high cliff for ice climbing.

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