Home - Destinations - iPhone/Android - Partners - Forum - Photos - Deals - What's New
Login with Facebook
Palisade Head
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
A Feathery Tong 
A mind Forever Voyaging 
A Sinners Last Gift 
Aching Alms 
Arms Race 
Bridges over Troubled Water 
Choice of a New Generation, The 
Christmas Tree Crack 
Danger Blanket 
Danger High Voltage 
Don't bring a knife to a gun fight a.k.a. "Gun Fight" 
Double Breasted Anchor 
Driving in Duluth 
Echoes Extension 
Ex Nihilo 
Flight School 
Fool's Progress, The 
Goliath's Finger Crack 
Great Bird Chimney, The 
Hidden Agenda 
Hidden Treasure 
I Could've Been a Contender 
Iron Maiden 
Jim's Crack 
Laceration Jam 
Long Distance Commute 
Lord of the flies (free) AKA: Comrades in Slings (aid) 
Mack the Knife 
Mr. Lean 
Night Vision 
Old Men in Tight Pants 
Oz - (AKA The Road To Emerald City) 
Phantom Corner 
Phantom Crack 
Poseidon Adventure 
Quetico Crack 
Scars and Tripes Forever 
Socket Wrench 
Soli Deo Gloria 
Sunny and Sheer 
Superior Arete 
Superior Crack 
Swimsuits and Harnesses 
Swizzlestick Legs 
Urge to Mate 
Warrior's Last Dance On Earth 
Water Babies 
Wise Guys 
Withering Heights 
Yellow Feather 
Unsorted Routes:

Urge to Mate 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Peter L Scott and Chris Holbeck, 1988.
Page Views: 1,792
Submitted By: Travis Hibbard on Feb 16, 2007
Good Page? 0 people like this page. Your opinion:   

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (19)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
BETA PHOTO: Perfect pin protects precarious protuberance.


From RCM&W

A short but excellent, thin hand crack with good rests and the requisite manky pin at the crux. From the ledge, follow the obvious crack straight up to a crux near the top.


#2 camalots & Smaller

Photos of Urge to Mate Slideshow Add Photo
FA circa 1988 Peter L Scott
FA circa 1988 Peter L Scott
FA photo showing block at beginning of crack. <br /> <br />Climber: Peter L Scott
FA photo showing block at beginning of crack.

Matt Johnson on "Urge to Mate" at Palisade Head, MN. <br />Photo by: Mark Machacek
BETA PHOTO: Matt Johnson on "Urge to Mate" at Palisade Head, M...
Comments on Urge to Mate Add Comment
Show which comments
By randy baum
From: Minneapolis, MN
Jun 23, 2008

calling this route thin hands is debatable. i never placed anything smaller than a #2. gear: 2-3 #2 camalots, #3 camalot, few runners. route is maybe 45 feet long. long webbing for belay/top rope anchor helps. belay at ledge takes small cams and/or nuts. i used a orange tcu, yellow tcu, and a medium/large nut.

By Peter L Scott
Sep 20, 2011

FA Peter Scott circa 1988
Not Chris Holbeck (He's a friend of mine and can confirm this) he was the belayer on the FA

Originally there was a loose block at the beginning of the crack (see photo) that I later trundled and then reclimbed the route. This made the initial crack longer.

I love the belay ledge on this route! The position is incredible .

Glad to see people climbing this route.

By Scott Schumann
From: SLC, UT
Nov 29, 2012

So classic. Every year I worked for the Voyageur Outward Bound in Ely we'd make a pilgrimage to climb at Palisade and specifically to climb Urge to Mate. This route is awesome: hands at the bottom and steep cruxy face moves at the top. It's a must climb for the area! Love it!

Find the top by looking for the small "Headstonish" looking rock facing away from the lake.