Our mission is to represent and support all disciplines of climbing throughout Minnesota and surrounding areas by advocating access for current and future generations, encouraging responsible climbing practices, promoting conservation and stewardship of private and publicly held lands as well as fostering communication and awareness of the sport to the public.
The Minnesota Climbers Association is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. The MCA is made up of members and volunteers dedicated to the grass-roots efforts of preserving Minnesota climbing. We work together with the Access Fund, State Parks, land owners, and local climbers to carry out our mission.
Keeping MN Climbing Clean One Crag at a Time. Annually, MCA hosts Adopt-a-Crag events at several of our Minnesota crags. Visit the Events tab for details.
We have established a great relationship with MN DNR to protect and expand climbing in MN state parks. Visit the Blog tab for stories.
Anchor and Bolt Replacement at Minnesota Crags
The MCA bolting fund finances the ongoing work of anchor and bolt replacement at our area crags. Visit the Bolting tab for details.
It’s spring! As your climbing season begins, please remember to sign up for your annual climber permit at all MN State Parks. (Blue Mounds, Interstate, Banning, and Tettegouche; each park has their own.) It’s free, only takes a minute, and helps the park and MCA maintain climbing access. Thanks!
Hey climbers! A friendly reminder that wet sandstone is easily broken. As the season changes, we experience the thaw of winter and the rain of spring. At the bouldering area in Sandstone, MN known as Eldon, this means wet sandstone is more common than dry sandstone. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB ON WET SANDSTONE. If[…]
ATTENTION CLIMBERS: The road to Eldon is now open. In June 2014, MCA volunteers partnered with the Access Fund Conservation Team and the Conservation Corps of MN to work on a trail from the future parking area down to the boulders that line the Kettle River in Sandstone, MN. In July, MCA used some[…]
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that the amendment to allow climbing in Banning State Park has been fully approved! This has been a long process and could not have happened without the work of many people. Thank you to our dedicated volunteer board members, to all the climbers, friends, and[…]
We are still in the public hearing segment of the Banning State Park climbing amendment process. And while nothing is certain until the entire process runs its course, things are looking good for expanded climbing in Minnesota. Here is a look at areas that are under consideration in Banning State Park. Zoom in on[…]
DNR has just announced the meeting formally. Press release here. Amendment for review here. RSVP on Facebook for public review meeting here. ***** DNR invites public input on rock climbing in Banning State Park (Released March 6, 2014) The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting an open house on Thursday, March 13, to[…]
The Banning State Park management plan climbing amendment is being redrafted for public review. Join MCA, DNR, PTCM, and interested citizens from the climbing community and Sandstone area for this open house event to discuss the proposed amendment. Show your support for climbing access by attending from 6-8pm on Thursday, March 13 at East[…]
A blurry photo of MCA and DNR reps in front of Palisade Head From left to right (back row) Jeff Engel – MCA, Joe Alberio – DNR, Dave Ofelt – DNR, Sean Foster – MCA, Randy Gorden – DNR (Front row) Darin Newman – DNR, James Loveridge – MCA. Brett Feldman from PTCM took[…]
MCA proudly brought home two Access Fund Awards in 2013. We would like to thank everyone who volunteered time, effort, and money to help make it such a great year to be a part of the Minnesota climbing community! From the Access Fund announcement: Sharp End Award – Jeff Engel Access Fund is honored[…]
Help us raise $30,000 to acquire and improve access… The Minnesota Climbers Association (MCA) and Access Fund are buying the bouldering area in Sandstone, MN. Our goal is to preserve climbing access for ourselves and future generations. Almost 10 years ago the MCA worked with private landowners to gain access to this high-quality bouldering[…]