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 great photos!
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 participants.
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.