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Palisades Kepler State Park  


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Description 

River side cliffs and bouldering

Getting There 

Between Cedar Rapids and Mount Vernon on U.S. 30.

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.1 miles from here

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',6],['5.7',2],['5.8',2],['5.9',2],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Palisades Kepler State Park:
Nanda Herring   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Outlook
Kippered Devi   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 55'   Outlook
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Kippered Devi 5.7 - To the left are plentiful pock...

Kippered Devi 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  IA : Palisades Kepler State Park : Outlook
Facing the rock this is the climb on the left over small ledges and pockets. Its pretty burley near the bottom. To make it really hard, start on the blank spot in the middle and see if you can pull through....[more]   Browse More Classics in IA

Photos of Palisades Kepler State Park Slideshow Add Photo
Orlando area mid winter.
Orlando area mid winter.
Winter view approaching dam wall area.
Winter view approaching dam wall area.
One of the better problems at PK got a makeover
One of the better problems at PK got a makeover

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By Dan Roberts
From: Eastern Iowa
Feb 18, 2009
Climbing has been going on here for many decades. Nice cliffs. I know bouldering is getting bigger up there so if anyone knows get it posted because this area can use some traffic. I have the old guide and will be posting out of that as I get to it.
By John McMullen
From: El Portal, CA
Apr 25, 2009
Having grown up in Eastern Missouri, I explored and climbed a lot in MO and Iowa as a kid. I climbed at Palisade Kepler when I was a teenager (by way of knowing about the Iowa Mountaineers climbing there). Although it's a small area, the Dolomite is fine!
By Nicholas Tomsen
From: Iowa City, IA
Apr 25, 2009
I really enjoy this little state park for its climbing, especially because it is so close to Iowa City/Cedar Rapids. It can get pretty dirty and stay wet after a rain, but such are the challenges of climbing in Iowa. I put up a beta photo of the Outlook recently that might be of some help to get an idea of the area. Also, here is a partially finished book in PDF format about bouldering at Palisades that I ran across. Enjoy! www.geocities.com/midwestclimber/pal/Palisades_Kepler_Bouldering.pdf