Natural Rock Climbing
Take Climbing to the Next Level
If your unit has climbed on
artificial or indoor structures, and has appropriate training and
equipment, you may be ready to try climbing on real rock. Rock
climbing is a physically and mentally demanding activity that builds
confidence, trust, fitness, and focus. Not to mention you can take some
Who can Climb?
All Boy scouts and Venturers can climb on natural rock. We
recommend gaining experience on an artificial structure before trying
natural rock climbing. At least one adult leader needs to be
certified in Natural Rock Climbing by the council. Check out
training opportunities on our Training Page.
How much does it cost?
Climbing is free at Robinson Park (Sandstone), Taylor's Falls
(Interstate Park), and Barn's Bluff (Red Wing). You will need to
provide your own equipment, including helmets, for all
When to Go?
Unless you love cold toes and and numb hands, spring through fall are
best for rock climbing. Due to loose and potentially dangerous rock,
we recommend that units avoid Barn Bluff in the early spring.
How to Go Climbing?
We have camps located near three major Minnesota climbing areas: Barn
Bluff (Red Wing), Robinson Park (Sandstone) and Taylor's Falls
(Interstate Park). You can plan your own day trip or choose to
stay at one of our camps for an overnight experience. The climbing
areas are NOT owned or overseen by the BSA. If you don't have an
adult leader with the necessary training, older scouts can learn to
climb at Taylor's Falls through the Tomahawk older scout summer
program, learn more on the Tomahawk Website.