Commercial Photography in Sandstone, Minnesota

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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.

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To Do in Sandstone MN

Sandstone, Minnesota has easy “Access to Adventure”

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Fun to do in Sandstone MN

Rafting, Climbing,
and Hiking in Minnesota’s Adventure Headquarters

With 4 seasons of adventure, Sandstone, Minnesota is truly a year-round destination for outdoor athletes and nature enthusiasts.

From the ice climbing on the frozen walls of Robinson Park Quarry to the spring snow melt and the whitewater rafting on the Kettle River.

Plenty adventure options await in Sandstone, MN from cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, biking, rafting or fly-fishing.

Just an Hour or so North of the Minneapolis St. Paul Metro

Visit Sandstone
for Year-round Adventure

There’s Always Something to Do in Sandstone MN…

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Sandstone in the Spring

Canoeist, Kayakers, and Rafters flock to the Kettle River to enjoy the high water of the spring snow melt.
The Kettle River Paddle Festival, an annual whitewater paddler’s event hosted by a local paddlers club, happens every May.   Contact our local whitewater rafting company, Hard Water Sports, for rafting information.

 Sandstone in the Summer

Rock climbing and bouldering along with lazy paddling on the Kettle River.
sandstone mn water fallsPaddle through Banning state or head down river from Robinson Park to Big Spring Falls.
Hike the trails of Banning State Park and discover the swimming holes of the Kettle.

Sandstone in the Fall

With the changing season, cooler weather sets in and the climbing scene picks up. Sport routes and boulder problems aboud in Robinson Park or check out the recently opened climbing of in Banning State Park.
Bring along the trail runnig shoes and you can make a quick dash to Big Spring Falls or take the trail up river to Hell’s Gate to explore the wonders of the Kettle River.

 Sandstone in the Wintersandstone mn ice climbing

Ice climb on the frozen walls of Robinson Quarry Ice Park. When the temp drops low enough ice gets farmed to create an ice climbers playground.
Robinson Park is the home of the Sandstone Ice Festival, celebrating the winter with an annual festival in January.

Other options for winter activities include skiiing and snowshoeing the miles amd miles of trails in Banning State Park.


Sandstone, MN is an easy day trip from Minneapolis – or better yet, grab your camping gear and stay a few nights.


For more information on Sandstone Minnesota Tourism

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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.