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Reader: Fred Sproat, 20, of Eugene, Oregon

The Spot: Phantom Crack at Palisade Head, Minnesota

The Moment: Palisade Head is a gem along Lake Superior's North Shore. You're climbing in a dome of rock, sky, and water. Here Max Ripley is leading on Phantom Crack, a 5.9 trad climb. This is a popular climbing area for people who "trad" climb, or place their own protection instead of relying on bolts and fixed anchors. There is a strong chalk-free ethic along most of the North Shore, which protects the area's natural beauty.

Do-It-Yourself: The folks at W-Trek ( in Duluth can help you out with climbing questions about Palisade, as well as the other crags around the area.

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