2017 Duluth Ice & Mixed Fest

Join the Duluth Climbers Coalition for our 2nd annual winter rendezvous: the Duluth Ice & Mixed Fest! Hone your skills and dull your tips on Casket Quarry’s legendary ice and mixed lines, and enjoy the amenities of Outside magazine’s number one ranked outdoor city!



Friday, February 10, 2017

Climbers’ Social and Festival Kickoff at Bent Paddle Brewery: 7 pm until close.

Find out what’s brewing with fellow climbers and community members as we kick off the weekend at Bent Paddle’s taproom (Bent Paddle is a Festival sponsor and a company that turns everything they touch to liquid gold!). Bent Paddle will graciously open the brewery floor to accommodate our numbers. Free admission, tap beers for purchase.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Climbing at Casket Quarry (map here): The quarry’s ice and mixed routes are renowned for their steepness and technical quality. Many of the finest mixed routes are equipped. We’ll also have top-ropes hung on selected plum (and plumb!) lines. And don’t forget to take loads of photos! Your pictures may end up being featured as part of next year’s festival!

Daytime Clinics: Clinics are held at Casket Quarry. Follow the links for clinic descriptions and registration.  Contact us with any questions regarding clinics; we’ll be happy to help point you toward the clinic that will suit you best.

9 am–11 am: Intro to Mixed Clinic

9 am–11 am: Womens Mixed/Ice Clinic

noon–2 pm: Free Youth Beginners Clinic

noon–2 pm Intermediate Mixed/Ice Clinic

Activities For Non-climbers: In addition to climbing, the quarry environment is an ideal location for other forms of winter recreation. The College of St. Scholastica Outdoor PURSUITS! team will be back again with a rack of fat-tire bikes, plus we’ll have an observation area with front row seating and hot drinks for watching climbers in action. This is a park for all users and a community festival, everyone is welcome! Bring your frisbee!

Evening Activities and Presentations: All evening activities will be held at Clyde Iron Works (bar and restaurant), top floor. Clyde is a terrific and convenient place for climbers to eat dinner–a converted foundry famous for sandwiches, pasta, and Neapolitan style pizzas!

5 pm–6:30 pm: Gear Swap

Dig out your old climbing gear or that backpack, stove, or other camping equipment you never use and cart it to the swap. See what you can trade it for, or what deals you can snap up! Free event.

7 pm–9 pm: Featured Presentations

Margo Talbot and Rebecca Lewis & Nathan Kutcher will be here!

9 pm: Gear Raffle

We’ve got swag, this is your chance to take some home! Featuring high quality goods and services courtesy of our terrific sponsors.

9 pm–11 pm: Live band?

We’re work’n on it!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Informal Climbing at Casket Quarry: No set ropes or organized activities.

*Any scheduling changes will be listed here, and on the DCC Facebook page.