Help promote climbing advocacy, events, and youth outreach in Duluth, Minnesota, by supporting the Duluth Climbers Coalition!
The Duluth Climbers Coalition (DCC) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 advocacy organization made up of local Duluth climbers, outdoor recreation educators, and business owners. Our goal is to secure and preserve access to climbing crags located within the city of Duluth, and to promote local climbing opportunities for participants of all ages and abilities and across all climbing disciplines (bouldering, rock, ice, and mixed climbing).
The DCC is administered by a board of local representatives who advocate for climbers to city and county officials, other recreational user groups, businesses, foundations, and private landowners. The DCC board communicates and solicits input from the broader climbing community through our website, mailing list, social media, and special meetings and events. Committees include Access, Events, and Youth Outreach (the DCC supports the Duluth Children's Outdoor Charter).
In 2014, the Duluth Climbers Coalition submitted a proposal to the City of Duluth for developing Casket Quarry into a West Duluth Climbing Park (Quarry Park). The two-phase proposal looks to secure access to Casket Quarry by having the city acquire the private and county land where the quarry is located, improve the existing parking lot and establish trails in and around the quarry. The second phase is for ice farming infrastructure on undeveloped, shorter, and lower-angled sections of cliff that will expand the climbing opportunities for intermediate and beginning climbers. In 2015, the Duluth City Council voted unanimously to support a broad outdoor recreation initiative for the St. Louis River Corridor, including the proposed climbing park. Currently, the DCC is gearing up for formal development agreements with the City, and actively seeking the funds required to complete the project.
Every dollar donated toward realizing this goal will be matched by the City of Duluth!