Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing Park featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Kerri Westenberg, a travel writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, wrote an article about Winona’s ice climbing park in the travel section of the newspaper. The park attracts visitors from all over the country because it is one of two in Minnesota and one of four in the country. Eric Barnard, a member of Winona’s Recreation Alliance and an experienced climber, was interviewed for the article.

“In its fifth year, the ice park occupies a former quarry site in the city’s Sugar Loaf Bluff Park.  “The wide man-made ice wall has three distinct areas for varied levels of challenge and experiences. The main route stretches upward 100 feet, but at the peak, climbers tower 650 feet above Winona and the Mississippi.’

 On a clear day, you can see 60 miles, easy,” said Barnard, who volunteered his time to create the park on the bluff each year.

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