February 17, 2017
More than 100 climbers gathered in the cold at Casket Quarry in Duluth, Minn., on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 for the Duluth Climbers Coalition’s 2nd Annual Winter Rendezvous: the Duluth Ice & Mixed Fest, Fox 21 Local News reports. Casket Quarry dates back to 1903 when it was owned and operated by the Duluth Crushed Stone Co., and gabbro was quarried for roads, railroad ballast, concrete aggregate, rubble for retaining walls, and riprap for piers, breakwaters, etc. Now, it’s Duluth’s newest city park.
At the event, dozens of people tried ice climbing and mixed climbing, which is a combination of climbing on rock and ice. Casket Quarry is known for being steep and technically difficult, but event organizers said climbing was only one of the activities at the event. Individuals who didn’t want to climb could participate in fat-tire biking or
simply enjoy some s’mores.
“Quarry park is a remarkable place to have literally in the middle of west Duluth here, and there are trails that go all around the rim with views that are just jaw dropping and amazing,” Lucas Kramer, President of the Duluth Climbers Coalition, told the news agency.
Enjoy this YouTube video taken by Brent Moulton in 2016 of ice climbers at Casket Quarry.