The Best Midwestern Bouldering: Robinson Park, Minnesota

I live in Minneapolis and have begun to take up rock climbing. Where do you think are the best places to go bouldering in the Midwest?

Jun 19, 2012
Outside Magazine

Climbing high at Robinson Park    Photo:Tony Vavricka


You wouldn’t know that the town of Sandstone, 90 minutes north of Minneapolis, is a climbing hotspot until you set eyes upon the smooth old quarry walls within Robinson Park on the west bank of the Kettle River. This tiny preserve is famous in Minnesota as a sport- and ice-climbing destination, but there is a smattering of excellent bouldering problems as well, including the V12 The Raven.

STAY: Near the frothing Kettle River at one of the campsites at nearby Banning State Park ($12 a night).

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