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Danger Blanket 


Type: Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 35'
Consensus: WI3 [details]
FA: Bill Rusk & Corey McBride 12/13/08
New Route: Yes
Season: Winter
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Submitted By: Bill Rusk on Dec 13, 2008
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Crux would be at the beginning with short vertical section. Solid ice from Lake Superior up the gully until you get to the forest above.


This route is visible from Hwy 61. It is on the south side of Palisade Head. It flows from a shaded gully about 40 feet up from Lake Superior. It is approachable from the top or across the ice if the lake is frozen. Please ask for access from the church (the route is on their property, it is NOT owned by the State Park), also please obtain permission to approach from the beach. Landowners are very friendly, but please ask to maintain a good relationship.


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Corey and Bill starting from the lake. The hanging belay was the only way to go.  Super fat ice at the base.  Photo by Dave Costello.
Corey and Bill starting from the lake. The hanging...
We were lucky enough to have Dave Costello take some fantastic photos from the shoreline.  Thanks Dave!!! Photo by Dave Costello.
We were lucky enough to have Dave Costello take so...
Bill Rusk on the first ascent of Danger Blanket.  Photo by Dave Costello.
Bill Rusk on the first ascent of Danger Blanket. ...
Carter Stritch setting up the belay on Danger Blanket.
BETA PHOTO: Carter Stritch setting up the belay on Danger Blan...
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By Rich Mather
Dec 15, 2008

That's awesome guys, ice climbing at Palisade Head! Thanks for the post and the heads up on the access issues!

By nodin
From: Duluth, MN
Dec 16, 2008

Very cool! Good on you, man!

By mark55401
From: Minneapolis
Mar 20, 2012

has this had a second ascent?

By Bill Rusk
From: Duluth, MN
Mar 29, 2012

There is a possibility that this was climbed before Corey and I. At the time of our ascent I asked around and no one said they had heard of anyone getting on it. But after talking to Rick Kollath it sounds like he may have made the true FA, but he could not remember when exactly he climbed it. Any who, it is fun when it is in, and the next time the lake if frozen enough to approach from the shore. I'll be there.

By Evan Johnson
From: Prior Lake, MN
Feb 25, 2013

There's a massive log on the right side of this route now. There's some other climbs that are a little better nearby too. Just to the climber's left of Danger Blanket is a really cool formation, it is separated by an arÍte. We have climbed some other stuff further out too.