Elevation: 1,068 ft
GPS: 46.127, -92.87 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Sean Ferrell on Jul 20, 2014
Admins: Kris Gorny, K Ice

Description

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sandstone

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+
 30
Mike's Lunge
Boulder
V5- 6C
 40
The Alternator
Boulder
V5 6C
 35
Best Boulder in Minnesota
Boulder
V6 7A
 24
The Nose Thing
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 72
0.1) Do You Think I'm Saxy?
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 93
3) Morphine
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 68
1) A Little Spicy!!!
Sport, TR
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 60
2) Body and Soul
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 90
Compromises
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 44
Dimples
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 50
6) No such THANG as Too Much Sax
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
 52
5) Multiple SAX Partners
Sport, TR
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 66
Adoption
Sport, TR
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 91
Sigma
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 22
Nexus
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Mike's Lunge Sandstone Bould… > Eldon
 30
V2 5+ Boulder
The Alternator Sandstone Bould… > Eldon
 40
V5- 6C Boulder
Best Boulder in Minnesota Sandstone Bould… > Eldon
 35
V5 6C Boulder
The Nose Thing Sandstone Bould… > Eldon
 24
V6 7A Boulder
0.1) Do You Think I'm Saxy? Robinson Park > Sax Wall
 72
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
3) Morphine Robinson Park > Sax Wall
 93
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
1) A Little Spicy!!! Robinson Park > Sax Wall
 68
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
2) Body and Soul Robinson Park > Sax Wall
 60
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Compromises Robinson Park > Relationship Wall
 90
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Dimples Robinson Park > Main Flow Area
 44
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Sport
6) No such THANG as Too Muc… Robinson Park > Sax Wall
 50
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Sport, TR
5) Multiple SAX Partners Robinson Park > Sax Wall
 52
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Sport, TR
Adoption Robinson Park > Relationship Wall
 66
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport, TR
Sigma Robinson Park > Sigma Wall
 91
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Nexus Robinson Park > Sigma Wall
 22
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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