Midwest Mountaineering was founded on owner, Rod Johnson’s, love for climbing.  Whether you’re climbing Mt. Everest or just learning in our free basement bouldering / climbing cave (Jimmy Chin trained here), we can get you geared-up for bouldering, rock climbing, ice climbing or mountaineering with the best selection of climbing equipment.

We have everything your climbing heart desires including shoes and slippers, approach shoes, crampons, ice boots, harnesses, helmets, climbing-appropriate clothing, ropes, webbing, cordage, runners, campus boards, crash pads, chalk, chalk bags, hand-holds, training devices, carabiners, nuts, hexes, cams, aid-climbing tools, ice-screws, pitons, ice-axes and lots more.

Books like Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills and How to Rock Climb can get you started and keep you informed about bouldering, sport and lead climbing, top-roping, ice climbing, aid climbing and mountaineering.

We carry gear from all the great climbing and mountaineering manufacturers including:  Asolo, Black Diamond, Blue Water, DMM, Five.Ten, Grivel, La Sportiva, Mammut, Metolius, Misty Mountain Threadworks, Montrail, Petzl, Singing Rock, Sterling, Trango, Vasque, and Wild Country.  Plus, to keep you moving freely on the rock, we have climbing clothing by Arc’teryx, Black Diamond, Granite Gear, Marmot, Patagonia, and more.

Climbing clinics take place on a regular basis in our bouldering cave!  See the Midwest Mountaineering Events Calendar for specific clinic information.  Feel free to fill out the liability waiver ahead of time.  Please note that the climbing cave is reserved for women only during Bouldering Divas clinics (the 2nd Thursday of every month).  That’s right, it’s ladies night.  No cavemen allowed!  “Bad Grog, stay out cave!”

Climb anytime in our fantastic and free bouldering cave!  It’s huge, contains lots of challenging bouldering problems, and is built over a padded floor.  Feel free to fill out the liability waiver ahead of time.  Need shoes?  We have climbing shoes available in unisex sizes 4 to 13 for a rental fee of $3.00.

Climbing Cave Rules:

  • • Each climber must sign a liability waiver each calendar year.  Under 18 requires parent’s signature on waiver.  Under 16 must have parent present in the cave.
  • • Jackets and packs must be left at the customer service counter.
  • No Chalk allowed.  Due to concerns about air quality both bulk chalk and eco balls are prohibited.  Liquid chalk is permitted and can be purchased in our climbing department.
  • • No climbing above 8 feet on the vertical wall without a Midwest Mountaineering staff belayer.

Looking for expert assistance? Come on in and say hello, give us a call at (612) 339-3433, or e-mail our Climbing department with your questions.”Ask us.  We’ve been there.”

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