mcaThe 2019 Sandstone Ice Festival Climbing Clinics

Ice Climbing Clinic Sign Up


Climbing Experience Required
Participants must have familiarity with basic climbing knots and belay technique.

          2019 Ice Fest Clinic Links

Saturday, January 5 10 am to 1 pm

Ice Climbing Basics Session 1

14 participants


Ice Climbing Basics Session 2

14 participants


Women’s Ice Climbing

14 participants


Advanced Ice Climbing

8 participants


Saturday, January 5 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Ice Climbing Basics Session 3

14 participants


Ice Climbing Basics Session 4

14 participants


Intermediate Ice Climbing

10 participants



A note from the Minnesota Climbers Association on clinics:

Hello Climbers!  The Minnesota Climbers Association (MCA) is responsible for the ice farming at Robinson Park. With the gracious support of the City of Sandstone, enthusiastic volunteers, and donations from the climbing community, the MCA is able to “farm” the ice climbs that make the Sandstone Ice Park such a popular regional winter climbing destination.

 The MCA supports the Sandstone Ice Fest every year by offering the popular Ice Climbing Clinics.  We are asking for a $25 donation for most clinics as our fundraising effort during the 12018 Sandstone Ice Fest.  All of the money raised from the clinics goes directly to the Ice Park and will provide a sustainable way to help fund the costs of maintaining and expanding the ice farming infrastructure for everyone to enjoy.SSIP Logo KW - Badge B&W

The Minnesota Climbers Association thanks you for your continued support and we are confident that this year’s Sandstone Ice Festival and climbing clinics will be the best ever!

Please contact with questions about registration.

Ice Climbing Basics:  If you are brand new to ice climbing or simply looking to freshen your basic skills, this clinic is for you.  Clinic will cover:  Safety, equipment, swinging tools, crampon work, basic movement progression, and resting techniques.

Women’s Ice Climbing:  Join a group of motivated women to try out ice climbing or hone your technique.  Clinic will cover:  Safety, equipment, swinging tools, crampon work, basic movement progression, and resting techniques.

Intermediate Ice Climbing:  Clinic participants must have previous ice climbing experience.  For those looking to take the next step in their ice climbing, this clinic will cover essential techniques to improve efficiency, climb harder, and have more fun this winter!  The clinic will also introduce basic mixed climbing concepts.

Advanced Ice Climbing:  Clinic participants must have significant previous ice climbing experience.  A full season (60 hours) on the ice is recommended.  If you cannot confidently climb most all of the ice flows at Robinson Park without falling, please gain more experience before signing up for this clinic.
Advanced Ice is designed for experienced ice climbers looking to begin leading ice climbs and learn techniques for technical ice structures, improving efficiency, finding rest positions, placing ice screws, and building ice climbing anchors.
A small class size will maximize opportunities for learning and practice including mock leading.

*Clinic participants should come dressed for the cold weather and are required to bring their own harness and helmet.
*There will be a limited supply of demo gear available, please show up at least 30 minutes early for clinics if you need to be equipped with gear.

For climbing clinic questions check the FAQ or email ICE FEST INFO

More ice climbing information at Essential Ice Climbing Gear or

Rent Ice Climbing Equipment

Hard Water Sports (511 Main Street, Sandstone MN)  651 302-1774

Twin Cities Rock and Ice     612 756-8423

University of Minnesota Outdoor Program – 612 625-8790

University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program

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For additional Rock and Ice Climbing Classes contact Hard Water Sports