Rock & Ice Climbing

Positive Energy Outdoors offers personalized, small group rock and ice climbing instruction and guiding in Duluth and on the North Shore of Lake Superior for beginning to advanced climbers. Take an adventure of a lifetime with expert climbing guides and picturesque river and Lake Superior views. 

Rock climbing sites include the Whoopie Wall and Ely's Peak in Duluth, and Shovel Point at Tettegouche State Park, Carlton Peak at Temperance River State Park, Silver Cliff and Palisade Head on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Ice climbing sites include Casket Quarry in Duluth, Gooseberry Falls State Park, the Cascade and Devil Track Rivers on the North Shore of Lake Superior, and Robinson Park in Sandstone. 

Positive Energy Outdoors provides rock and ice climbing guiding and instruction 7 days a week. The rock climbing season runs from mid-April through late October.  Ice climbing season runs from December-mid-March.  Call about conditions if you are in the area during the beginning or end of the season. Minimum age for rock climbing is 8.  Minimum age for ice climbing is 10.  Most climbing sessions begin at 8 am, as climbing sites are first come-first served.

During our half day (4 hour) or full day (6 hour) rock or ice climbing sessions you will:

  • Receive a full introduction, including cliff edge management, safety equipment, harness and helmet fitting, and an introduction to anchor set up.
  • Learn how to tie climbing knots, discover belaying techniques, and receive coaching as you climb from our experienced climbing guides.
  • Hear stories about the unique natural and geological history of the region and the rocks/ice you are climbing on.

Experience for yourself why Duluth and the North Shore attract climbers from around the world!

Advance reservations are required, as space is limited and climbing sessions often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. 

To make a reservation, call 218-391-0147 or e-mail Payment is by cash, check or Visa, MasterCard or Discover, and a 50% deposit is required to reserve your spot. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will e-mail a confirmation letter, directions and assumption of risk form.