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Palisades Kepler State Park Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Dan Roberts on Feb 18, 2009

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River side cliffs and bouldering

Getting There 

Between Cedar Rapids and Mount Vernon on U.S. 30.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 8.1 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Palisades Kepler State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Palisades Kepler State Park:
Nanda Herring   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Outlook
Kippered Devi   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 55'   Outlook
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Featured Route For Palisades Kepler State Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Down river side of Golden Arches.

Ronald 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Iowa : Palisades Kepler State Park : Golden Arches
Lead the crack on the right side of the arch.Its pretty crumbly, and the exit it a jug to the right of the crack which is usually muddy. You want to put in a lot of gear before you make the crux move, and make sure that your belayer isn't going to get kabonged with the rock you knock loose....[more]   Browse More Classics in Iowa

Photos of Palisades Kepler State Park Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: One of the better problems at PK got a makeover
One of the better problems at PK got a makeover
Rock Climbing Photo: Orlando area mid winter.
Orlando area mid winter.
Rock Climbing Photo: Winter view approaching dam wall area.
Winter view approaching dam wall area.

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By Dan Roberts
From: Eastern Iowa
Feb 18, 2009
Climbing has been going on here for many decades. Nice cliffs. I know bouldering is getting bigger up there so if anyone knows get it posted because this area can use some traffic. I have the old guide and will be posting out of that as I get to it.
By John McMullen
From: El Portal, CA
Apr 25, 2009
Having grown up in Eastern Missouri, I explored and climbed a lot in MO and Iowa as a kid. I climbed at Palisade Kepler when I was a teenager (by way of knowing about the Iowa Mountaineers climbing there). Although it's a small area, the Dolomite is fine!
By Nicholas Tomsen
From: Iowa City, IA
Apr 25, 2009
I really enjoy this little state park for its climbing, especially because it is so close to Iowa City/Cedar Rapids. It can get pretty dirty and stay wet after a rain, but such are the challenges of climbing in Iowa. I put up a beta photo of the Outlook recently that might be of some help to get an idea of the area. Also, here is a partially finished book in PDF format about bouldering at Palisades that I ran across. Enjoy!

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