Rock Climbing


This should get your heart pumping!

Join Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply for an exhilarating rock climbing tour. The elevation begins to rise just off Lake Superior’s shoreline, making for incredible top-rope rock climbing opportunities with breathtaking views of Gichigami. These climbing sites rival the best in the country for variety, rock quality and stunning views of Lake Superior.

Our primary climbing sites are Carlton Peak, a rock mountain with 360 degree views and Shovel Point, sea cliffs on the shore of Lake Superior. Both locations offer climbs for all climbing abilities along with great places to rest, eat your lunch and take in the North Shore scenery.

Your day begins with a safety discussion highlighting the hazards present at a given rock climbing area. Your instructor then shows you how to put on your climbing harness and helmet. We like to put you on the rock early in the program, using a climbing top-rope, so that you can immediately get a feel for some of the basic movement concepts involved in climbing rock. You learn to tie a figure eight knot, how to belay, and how to rappel.

The flow of the day combines actual climbing interspersed with a review of the different techniques and skills needed to manage risk and maximize your climbing ability. You get to experience various types of climbing, including crack climbing, face  climbing, and slab (friction) climbing. During all of this, you are learning how to use climbing equipment and developing an understanding of climbing ratings. If you are a new climber who needs instruction or an experienced climber who just needs to be led to the routes, come climb with us!

Full Day Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing Palisade Head MinnesotaFull Day Rock Climbing Tours are $220 for one person; $150/person for two or more people. Choose from a variety of climbing spots, depending on your skill level – Palisade Head, Shovel Point, Mystic Mountain, and Carlton Peak. Meet at Stone Harbor at 9:00 am to get geared up. Before we start climbing we’ll review all fundamental rock climbing techniques, climbing communication and safety procedures.

Call us at 218-387-3136 to schedule a rock climbing trip on the day of your choosing.

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Personalized Skills Course

Rock Climbing on the North Shore of MinnesotaPersonalized Skills Courses are $200/person/day. We do it all! Have you ever wanted to learn how to set up your own top rope, build trad anchors, lead climb, or get on some multi-pitch climbs? Stone Harbor can customize a full day or a full weekend of of hands-on, student-centered learning from an American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)-certified instructor!

This is a custom course, so we can work with you to pick the best dates for your schedule. Because of the custom nature, this course cannot be booked online until we have solidified dates with you. Please call us at 218-387-3136 to start planning your rock climbing adventure today.


Packing List

What We Provide
  • Helmet
  • Climbing shoes
  • Harness
  • All climbing equipment
  • Transportation from our store to the climbing site
  • Dry bag for your warm change of clothing
  • Lunch
Recommended Packing List
  • Breathable rain gear top & bottom
  • Wicking (synthetic, wool or silk) long sleeve and/or short sleeve shirt (Remember: long sleeves can help protect from sun and bugs)*
  • Long pants*
  • Thin socks
  • Warm change of clothing (Think: “If I got soaked and wanted something to put on right away, what would I bring?” The minimum to bring is an insulation/fleece jacket.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses & strap
  • Insect repellent and/or head net
  • Water bottle or hydration pack (we have filtered water here at the store, if you need to fill it)
  • Cup for hot/cold beverages (unbreakable, travel-style mug)
  • If needed: medications; eye glasses and/or contact lenses and spare
  • Optional: camera in a waterproof, protective case

* We recommend comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for rock climbing. Please be aware that rock surfaces can tear even the most durable of clothes.

Are you missing something from the equipment list? All participants receive a 10% discount at Stone Harbor on the day before and the day of the trip.

All Stone Harbor tours and instruction require active, physical participation on the part of the guest. You must sign the Stone Harbor Guided Tours and Instructional Activities Waiver and Release of Liability form and the Stone Harbor Confidential Medical History form prior to participating in any Stone Harbor tour or instruction. Please call us at 218-387-3136 if you have any questions about the physical requirements or the risks associated with the activities.

Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply requires tours to be paid in full at the time of booking. If a cancellation notice is given greater than 48 hours before the scheduled tour, a full refund is granted, minus the $20 processing fee per person. No refund is given for cancellations within 48 hours of the tour.

If Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply cancels a tour ahead of time due to weather or other unforeseeable events, a full refund is given. Please note that light rain, snow, fog, or cooler temperatures do not cancel a tour. We are prepared with the correct equipment for different weather conditions.

We are committed to your safety. Our safety policy can be found here.

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