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Staff Climbing Day: Duluth

Matthew has been rock climbing for at least 11 years and introduced me toGroup the sport a little over two years ago. Although I was incredibly scared most of the time while climbing, I strangely fell in love with fear. I loved the challenge of facing my anxiety and the mental stories that came along with it. I love the adrenaline, the physical, mental and even the emotional challenges of climbing. It is an incredibly (null)_3beautiful and powerful sport in so many ways. When Matthew and I lived in Minneapolis we hit the climbing gym at least once a week and spent as much time in the spring, summer and fall climbing outdoors in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Living on the Gunflint Trail means the closest gym is a 2 ½ hour drive to Duluth. During the slow season at Bearskin Lodge Kate, Jordan, Tammi, Matthew and I all managed to get a day off together and decided to make the trek to Duluth for a day of climbing at Vertical Endeavors.

It was somewhat difficult for both Matthew and I to shift from outdoor to indoor climbing after not being in a gym for months and spending most of the summer climbing outdoors. It is surprising how different indoor and Kate4outdoor climbing can be. It is always mesmerizing to watch Matthew climb. He moves up the wall with gracefulness and attempts some pretty unique moves, which is always entertaining. Tammi, Jordan and Kate all have climbing Tammi2 (2)experience but had not climbed in quite some time so it was incredibly fun watching them transition back into climbing mode and find their strengths. Tammi is one of the most determined climbers I have ever seen! She seemed to love the mental stimulation of projecting and trying a problem over and over again in order to complete a climb. Jordan admits to not enjoying heights so it was awesome to see him push himself both mentally and physically to finish some of the highest routes lindsey2in the gym. Kate is an intuitive climber with natural technique and was attempting and completing some pretty challenging routes.

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Welcome to Bearskin Wilderness Outfitters

We are a small outfitter located on East Bearskin Lake, entry point 64.  We are happy to accommodate trips leaving from any Gunflint Trail area entry points, but are especially convenient for groups using the East Bearskin, Crocodile River,Clearwater Lake, and Poplar Lake area entry points. 

As a small outfitter we take pride in being able to deal with each group’s personal needs.  When we are not working, we are paddling, and we hope that is reflected in the routing and general advice that we give each trip.  We strive to keep our equipment top notch, and base most of our gear choices on what we have personally used in the past.   

Whether you are interested in full outfitting, gear rental, or just have a question about a lake you might be paddling through, feel free to give us a call at (218) – 388-2292.  We are always willing to talk about canoe trips

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