Commercial Photography in Sandstone, Minnesota

Carhartt Visits Sandstone MN

Commercial Photography in Sandstone, Minnesota

In early March 2023 Carhartt Work Wear traveled to Sandstone, Minnesota to do the photography for next year’s winter catalog. Local climbing and whitewater guide service, Hard Water Sports worked with the Carhartt photo team to plan and execute a photography shoot on the ice walls of Robinson Park.

Adventure Photography in Sandstone, Minnesota

Local climbing guide, Tony Vavricka was hired to rig safety lines for the Carhartt team and the ice climbing models. With Tony’s 30 years of climbing experience and 10 years working commercial photography in Minneapolis, Carhartt was confident that they had contacted the right person.

Carhartt action models in action.

Carhartt travles to Sandstone, Minnesota

The photo shoot took place in Robinson Quarry, a Sandstone city park just on the edge of town. Easy access to the cliff walls played a big part in why the park was chosen for the photo shoot.

Cliff top rigging for lights and crew.

Even before the light crew showed up rigging was in place along the top catwalk above the ice routs.

Cahartt photo shoot after dark.

Commercial Photography in Sandstone, Minnesota.

Need help with location scouting, river access, logistics, action models, rope rigging, or whitewater what ever – contact local guide/outfitter Hard Water Sports 651 302-1774.

Sandstone Minnesota – Ice Climbing in the News

Sandstone, Minnesota in the News

Ice climbing in Sandstone Minnesota received some press.   It’s always nice to see your hometown making the news for something good.

That’s So Minnesota: Ice climbing in Sandstone

Ice climbing festival draws enthusiasts from Midwest and beyond

Sandstone Aspiring to Be an Ice Climbing Mecca in Minnesota


The Sandstone Tourism Board is available to assist with the needs of the media.  Story ideas, high res photos, local contacts – we can help.

Sandstone Tourism Board

320 372-0756 . or email


Sandstone Ice Park

Sandstone MN Ice Park

Sandstone Ice Park

Sandstone Ice Park
Sandstone Ice Park

Wow !! We have it here in Sandstone Minnesota.  We have a nationally recognized, man-made ice climbing park right in the town of Sandstone.  Know for fat ice and thin mixed routs, the Sandstone Ice Park brings in climbers from across the U.S. and Canada.

Robinson Park in Sandstone Minnesota is where you’ll find the  Sandstone Ice Park – the park is open to climbing year round.  With over 40 bolted sport routs and a cluster of bouldering problems that offer plenty spring summer and fall climbing opportunities.  But it’s in the winter that the park really comes to life with climbers.

Ice Climbing – Robinson Park

ice climbing in Sandstone MN
Ice Climbing in Sandstone MN

Robinson Park is open, free of charge to anyone wanting to climb rock or ice.  The ice routs are between 20 and 80 feet, with enough ice for 20-30 ropes.  Lower angle ice routs have been added over the last couple years giving more access to beginner level climbs.

Ice Farming in Sandstone MN

We’ve been farming ice here in Sandstone since the winter of 04-05.  “The first couple years we rented a pump and made ice using water from a small pond at the base of the cliff” according to local climbing guide Tony Vavricka.  “the tank only held 4 hours of gas, we stayed up most of the night taking turns refilling the tank.”
Currently the farming in the Sandstone Ice Park is managed by the Minnesota Climber’s Association.  Volunteer climbers and support from the City of Sandstone have made a dream come true.

rent ice climbing gear
Rent Ice Climbing Gear

Ice Climbing Gear Rental

The local guide shop in Sandstone Minnesota, Hard Water Sports, has ice climbing gear available to rent, from ice axes to crampons, boots, helmets and climbing harnesses.
Located right in downtown Sandstone making it super convenient to rent ice climbing gear in Sandstone MN.


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Ice Climbing Photo Contest

The Visit Sandstone Ice Climbing Photo Contest

Share your best ice climbing photo to win a white water rafting adventure for 2.  

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The Visit Sandstone Tourism Board “climb ice” Photo Contest begins January 26, 2018 and ends March 1, 2018, at 12:00 PM local time. Uploading your photo into the “climb ice” photo contest indicates that you are 18 years old or older and have read and agree to the rules and are knowingly and voluntarily participating in the photo contest.

Who may enter:
Adults 18 years old or older living in the United States. The Visit Sandstone Board reserves the right to determine winners’ eligibility.

What to enter:
The photograph should capture ice climbing in Sandstone, Minnesota’s Robinson Park.  The winning photo will be decided on by participant vote on the Visit Sandstone facebook page. 

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the sandstone mn ice climbingsubject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian and provide it to Visit Sandstone Tourism Board upon request.

Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.

How to enter:
Please submit photographs online through the Visit Sandstone facebook page: We do not accept photographs submitted through the mail. Uploading your photo to Facebook designates your entry into the photo contest. By entering the contest, entrants grant the Visit Sandstone Tourism Board a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, and all other standard Visit Sandstone Tourism Board purposes. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. Visit Sandstone Tourism Board will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any sandstone ice parkadditional approval in connection with such uses.

Entry deadline:
All entries must be received through the Visit Sandstone Facebook page by 12pm Central Time on March 1, 2018.

Judging will be conducted by voting on the Visit Sandstone Facebook page. Only fans of the Visit Sandstone Facebook page are allowed to vote. The winner will be announced on March 18 on the Visit Sandstone Tourism Board facebook page and website, and email newsletter. The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Visit Sandstone Tourism Board reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of Visit Sandstone Tourism Board will be final.

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win a rafting trip for 2

Grand Prize:
Whitewater rafting adventure for 2 on the “clean and beautiful” Kettle River with Hard Water Sports.  Winner receives a gift certificate from Hard Water Sports good for any date during the 2018 rafting season.

For information on the Kettle River whitewater rafting tours please visit Rafting tours run from mid April through September.