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Manitou River (North Shore)

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Route 5 (a.k.a. Lady in Waiting) T,TR 
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Route 7 T,TR 

Manitou River (North Shore) 


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Location: 47.445, -91.068 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Kris Gorny, Chris treggE, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Shawn P. Tracy on Jan 2, 2008
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Traversing to the back of Manitou in wet condition...

Description 

Ice and mixed climbing in this wild river setting provide a very accessible wilderness-like climbing environment. Up to 8 or so routes form somewhat unreliably, and variably, from year to year depending on what you call "in." Routes range about 65 feet in length (+/-).

The grades provided herein are a best-estimate and will only occasionaly come close to the conditions you may find on any given day. Furthermore, the route Lady in Waiting (route #5) has not been climbed by myself and I needed to submit my best estimate of the most frequent conditions (mixed) and based its grade relative to mixed and dry-tool routes found in Sandstone, Casket Quarry and Orient Bay.

Have fun!


Getting There 

North of Little Marais on Highway 61. Look for the River's signage on the bridge. Either take the river north (when passable) or follow the north lip of the canyon while avoiding tresspassing on private property. If following lip, stick to the woods on the north rim until you can hear the Falls. Drop down to edge and walk a bit down river to look for slings on trees on the tops of routes 7 and 8.


8 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Manitou River (North Shore):
Route 3   WI4-     Trad, TR, Ice, 60'   
Route 7   WI3     Trad, TR, Ice, 60'   
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Featured Route For Manitou River (North Shore)
Routes 5 and 4.  Route 5 is the hanging dagger on the left above the cave.  Dec 31, 2007.

Route 5 (a.k.a. Lady in Waiting) WI6 M8  MN : Manitou River (North Shore)
The big enchilada. This monstrous hanging dagger falls from the lip of the canyon and hangs free for most of its length as it tries touch down. If it does, it's a burly free standing pillar. If not, it's radical, loose dry-tooling through a 15-foot cave to overhanging munge (held together with ice) to the hanging widow-maker. Mike Dahlberg once led this with removable bolts on lead to get to the hanger....[more]   Browse More Classics in MN

Photos of Manitou River (North Shore) Slideshow Add Photo
Same view as on Shawn's picture. Previous year '06.
Same view as on Shawn's picture. Previous year '06...
The main climbing area at Manitou.  Routes 3-7 on December 31, 2007 - thin conditions.  Looking up river from the narrows above #2.  Route #7 is at far left, and the unformed #3 is in upper right.
BETA PHOTO: The main climbing area at Manitou. Routes 3-7 on ...
Ice at the back of the canyon.
Ice at the back of the canyon.
name?
BETA PHOTO: name?
the canyon
the canyon
not sure the name
BETA PHOTO: not sure the name
Trippy Conditions as of 1/5/08
Trippy Conditions as of 1/5/08
not sure the name
BETA PHOTO: not sure the name
The upper Manitou River. Photo by Bill Rusk.
The upper Manitou River. Photo by Bill Rusk.
January 2010 Manitou River
January 2010 Manitou River
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