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Spirit Mountain a finalist for $100K in online contest

Bell Helmets Gimmick

Duluth’s Spirit Mountain is one of three locations in the running for the $100,000 prize offered by Bell Helmets to fund a trail-building project. Voting in the nationwide contest is being conducted on bellhelmets.com and will continue through June 4.

Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores is the nonprofit organization leading Duluth’s effort. Spirit Mountain is competing for the 2015 Bell Built grand prize against projects in La Grange, Calif. and Knoxville, Tenn.

A Window Into Food Farm’s Soul

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The day before yesterday I pedaled 60 miles roundtrip to make an appearance in a Kickstarter video for the Food Farm CSA. An image I’ll leave you with is spandex and rubber boots.

Read more about this fascinating place here.

A Guide to Hiking Tischer Creek

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHztu4v5myM

Peter Juhl rocks!

Peter Juhl  RocksMinneapolis TV station KARE 11 last night aired a feature from the north shore of Lake Superior, where Peter Juhl balances rocks in ways that defy gravity. (Click the “read more” button to view the video; it starts playing automatically, so we can’t have it on the home page.)

Post some of your favorite rock balancing photos in the comments.

Dude, don’t do it! You’ve got something to live for!

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Don’t worry, after contemplating his life at great length he eventually wandered off the railroad track.

Cute Baby Chicks Fighting Over a Worm to “Dueling Banjos” (UPDATED)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HdtLP86myI

Hillside Duluth.

(UPDATE: Now with slomo technopop remix.)

Lester Park Waterfall Time Lapse

https://vimeo.com/126723211

Video by Douglas Feltman.

Duluth up for bike park grant in latest online voting gimmick

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Bell Helmets is awarding $100,000 to fund a trail-building project in one of nine U.S. cities in the latest online voting contest involving Duluth. Two cities have already been eliminated in the West Coast voting. Duluth is in the lead in the Central Region, which closes voting on Sunday, May 10. East Coast voting runs May 11-24. Voting in the finals will begin on May 25.

Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores is the nonprofit organization leading the effort to improve trails at Spirit Mountain.

Duluthians conquer Switzerland’s “Wall of Death”!

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Congratulations to Rick Kollath and Dean Einerson who topped out this morning on the mythic North Face of the Eiger, one of the most sought-after plumbs in alpine climbing (even Clint Eastwood failed spectacularly here in The Eiger Sanction)! The Eiger has claimed more than its share in terms of sensational mountain tragedies, but you can’t keep a good team from the Great Plains down. This ascent is testimony to the physical and mental grit of these two paragons of Duluth climbing, not to mention the world-class local training facilities at Superior Kettlebell Gym and Casket Quarry. Well done, lads!

Al’s Adventures in Duluth and on the North Shore

https://vimeo.com/125385512

Boating, hiking, skiing, peppermint schnapping, casinoing and general shenanigans spanning all seasons — featuring Big Al K and friends.

Northern Lights near Duluth

https://vimeo.com/125181029

Photographer Derek Montgomery captured these images of the Northern Lights dancing across the sky just outside Duluth, early on the morning of April 16.

Poplar River Falls Aerial View – Lutsen Ski Area

https://vimeo.com/124979852

Poplar River falls is just north of Lutsen Ski Area and the Superior Hiking trail crosses the river at the apex of the falls.

Baptism River “High Falls” Aerial View -Tettegouche State Park

https://vimeo.com/124974147

Aerial drone video of “High Falls” on the Baptism River. The Baptism River “High Falls” in Minnesota’s Highest waterfall at 60 feet. During spring run-off it flows heavily and is a great time to visit and hear the thunderous roar of the falls. Mid-summer you can swim the pool at the base of these falls. Tettegouche State Park is one of the best campgrounds on the North Shore of Lake Superior. http://dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/tettegouche/

Northern Lights on Lake Superior’s North Shore

https://vimeo.com/124690496

The sky was dancing last night.

A nice easy paddle through the canal with Dan the Man

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNUxV10tjqs

Video by Christian Dalbec.