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Palisades Kepler State Park 


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Location: 41.9085, -91.5084 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Dan Roberts on Feb 18, 2009
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Description 

River side cliffs and bouldering


Getting There 

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


10 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['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:
Kippered Devi   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 55'   Outlook
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Unknown V3 6A  IA : Palisades Kepler State Park : Boat Ramp Boulder (Roadside...
Sit start with hands matched on the ledge under the bulge. Bump left hand up a couple of times, then pull through the crux - getting the right hand up into a pocket. Work your feet up high and find some pretty good jugs for a gentle top out....[more]   Browse More Classics in IA

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Bouldering on the Damn Wall at Pallisades Kepler State  Park
Bouldering on the Damn Wall at Pallisades Kepler S...
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