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The town of Sandstone has a surprising amount of climbing spread between 3 areas: Robinson Park, Eldon, and Banning State Park.

Robinson Park has sport climbing, farmed ice climbing, dry tooling, and a handful of boulders. The movement from frowned-upon top-roping in the 80s to legitimate, town-sponsored climbing took many years, and was the work of many, but most notably Jeff Engel. This area now has some awesome sport climbing (the best stuff is 5.12, though there is good moderate climbing as well), and people every winter flock to the area for the best and probably the most accessible ice climbing in MN.

Across the river from Robinson lies Eldon. This land holds the best bouldering between Colorado and New England, though, admittedly, the boulders there are few. The sale of this land by Sandy and Eldon Johnson, and purchase by the MCA was manna from the heavens for Minnesota climbing. The Johnsons have been comfortable with a handful of people occasionally going to this area to boulder. The few climbers who knew about it (1995?-2014) were reticent to share it, for fear that it would be overburdened and abused by too many climbers, and access closed. That said, the Johnsons were always welcoming, and the sale of their land to climbers is a lasting legacy of their generosity to the climbing community.

North of Eldon lies Banning State Park. This area has been shrouded in even more mystery than the Johnson property. See the specific page, when it is up, for more detail. Again, Jeff Engel, and others, worked very hard to get this area open. As of July 20, 2014, there are still restrictions on where, and what type, of climbing can be done here. Make sure to get a permit when you arrive, and stick to the areas they allow climbing in.

All of these areas are recently opened, and many motivated people have worked for years to gently nudge them in this direction, with diplomacy, generosity, and hard work. The first goal with these areas, as with any area you visit as a climber, should be to act in a way that is conducive with maintaining access.

Please be good to this land, to the state parks and their staff that have granted us access, and to the kind people of Sandstone for welcoming us into their community.

Getting There 

Sandstone, MN is a small town just off of I 35, north of the Twin Cities about 1 hour 20 min, and south of Duluth about 1 hour. Please refer to the individual pages for directions to the individual areas.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.6 miles from here

78 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',37],['2 Stars',32],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sandstone

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sandstone:
Helke V3   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Sandstone Bouldering : Eldon
Riverside V4   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Sandstone Bouldering : Eldon
Best Boulder in Minnesota   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Sandstone Bouldering : Eldon
The Nose Thing   V6 7A     Boulder, 8'   Sandstone Bouldering : Eldon
That Girl's a Bitch   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Sandstone Bouldering : Eldon
The Raven Stand   V7 7A+     Boulder, 8'   Sandstone Bouldering : Eldon
Invisible Touch   V8 7B     Boulder   Sandstone Bouldering : Eldon
Pocket Hercules   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   Sandstone Bouldering : Eldon
The Raven   V11-12 8A+     Boulder, 12'   Sandstone Bouldering : Eldon
Wild Things   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Robinson Park : Sigma Wall
3) Morphine   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Robinson Park : Sax Wall
03) Ramp Of Death   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Robinson Park : Diagonals Wall
1) A Little Spicy!!!   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 45'   Robinson Park : Sax Wall
Start New   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Robinson Park : Relationship Wall
Compromises   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Robinson Park : Relationship Wall
Tool Boy   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Robinson Park : Sigma Wall
Adoption   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Robinson Park : Relationship Wall
Sigma   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Robinson Park : Sigma Wall
Nexus   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Robinson Park : Sigma Wall
Nakoma (formerly The Niche)   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Robinson Park : Sigma Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: Jared Penrod at the crux moves of Tengo De La Muer...

Tengo De La Muerte V10 7C+  MN : Sandstone : ... : Eldon
Compression block with exciting outro moves. Start on rounded crimps, get to the mini-jug at the base of the arete, the compress to the top. Stand start (aka where the compression begins) is V7. I give it 3 stars only because it starts in a damp, dark hole. Note: I have not climbed this problem; I just gave stars to give an idea of the problem's quality.REMEMBER: -If it has rained in the past 24 hours, do not climb at Eldon.-Wipe your shoes off before you climb.-Leave no trace. Era...[more]   Browse More Classics in MN

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By Roberto de la Riva
Apr 26, 2015

Does anyone know what the routes are next to Harvest Moon on the relationship wall? It seems like there are four routes in the area that are not listed on MP...


By Chris Barbey
From: mpls mn
Aug 1, 2015
I have the same question as Roberto. Specifically, what is immediately to the right of Harvest Moon?

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