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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

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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

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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

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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.

A little spring frolic on the North Shore

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojQ5NagXZyo

Video shot and produced by Buchholz Media.

Northern Lights!

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The aurora borealis started off early last night as soon as the sun had set. I captured this image just outside of the Duluth city limits. Enjoy!

Northern Lights at Caribou Lake

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

The aurora was amazing last night! I stitched stills from last night into a video. Taken at Caribou Lake, north of Duluth.

Ice Skating Brighton Beach

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSIm2At1pg8

Duluth Winter Enduro Video

https://vimeo.com/120944625

Jeff Wolf’s view of last weekend’s Spirit Mountain Bike Enduro Race. Music by Red Hot Rebellion.

Carved Stone Project Placement Experiment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctrxz8zQjxQ

Stoneworker Sean MacManus and I hatched a plan to use his Celtic stonework pieces to fashion an underwater stone garden, geocache, and/or orienteering course. This video is footage of my experiment to test the feasibility of lashing the stones around the base of a boulder. I had two of the stones, each identical with backing mounts affixed with mortar, and I had two ropes. I found this project much more difficult than I imagined, and it failed as a proof of concept as the mortar weakened and would not hold the ropes. This was in addition to simply being deucedly difficult to accomplish even in just a few feet of water. The shot of the stones towards the end by the green leaf is after the mortar failure when I decided to abandon the attempt. I was beat and so left one the stones overnight. The final shot is me retrieving it. After this, I experimented with trying to wedge the stones in place but that didn’t work either. The entire project (still evolving towards this summer) generated a lot of footage of me swimming around enigmatically with these stones, which has already been released here.

Crazy Pine Siskins

We have a gazillion pine siskins at our bird feeders right now. The feeders have to be filled twice a day to keep up with these ravenous little guys. Does anyone know what the story is? We have had siskins before but never so many at one time. Undoubtedly our seeds are tasty, but …

The Mitten

http://youtu.be/AiyM_5D_p94

Another cold day today, more crazy cold coming this weekend. Be careful out there, dress appropriately.