Jack's Canyon

***Updated***

Weekend trip to Jack's Canyon (Sat-Sun).

Sorry for updating this so late, but here it is.  The weekend trip to Jack is ON and I think we're all excited to be out there this weekend after getting a rainy Saturday last week.  So let's get straight to the point:

When: I'm putting this meetup from Saturday to Sunday.  Some AO's will be there on Friday as well.  Not everyone will be climbing on Sunday neither.  The bulk of us will there on Saturday.  If you've never been to Jack's, make sure you you let us know and meet at the campgroung on Saturday morning at the designated time.

The Climbing Area: (I'm quoting Moutain Project here) Beautiful limestone, well protected sport routes with pulling on pockets and edges of mostly high quality rock. Setting is within a beautiful canyon and climbing can be had year around, chasing either the shade or the sun. For the majority of the year, the weather is beautiful (as is common of the desert southwest), with the best time of year being March through May (springtime), and September through November (fall). Floods occasionally drown some of the walls and make some of the climbs inaccessible, this varies by year.

Climbs here are, for the most part, very well protected, and range from 5.6 to 5.13. One can easily push their limits here, and do it safely. A clip stick is helpful for keeping some of the starts safer.

Fore more information on the crag and routes, please check out the Mountain Project website:

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/arizona/jacks_canyon/105799277

You can also download a free basic topo of Jacks at DrTopo:

http://www.drtopo.com/xarizona/jackscanyon.html

How to get there:

You can plug in the GPS coordinates [masked], [masked]) into Google Maps for the exact location of the campground.  From Phoenix, one of the easier way is to get onto AZ87 and head North toward, Payson, Pine, Strawberry, and head toward Winslow.  Jack's canyon is located halfway between Strawberry and Winslow.

From Strawberry,

drive toward Winslow 42.5

miles.  On your left, there is a gate held closed by some webbing.  There are also climbing stickers on the gate and the post that should convince you you're at the right spot.  Get through the gate and close it behind you.  Drive 1.2 mile up the dirt road until you reach the camp ground.  Look for the Joe's white Toyota 4Runner or my brown Nissan Murano.  The crag is about a 10 minute hike down the canyon.

Weather:

Pine: 80F/47F

Winslow: 80F/43F

Jacks from Mountain Project: 68F/30F

Camping:  This is car camping, so bring all the comfort that you need.  There is a toilet pit, but no running water.  Bring enough water and food for the trip.  Also, BRING SOME FIREWOOD.  It will get cold at night, so help keep all of us warm by contributing with some firewood.

Notes: Bring thermal pads if you have them.  Bring your warmest bags.  Bring warm clothes for the night.

Gear and skill level:  There are a lot of moderate routes at Jacks, so newer climbers are welcome.  There will be some oportunities to do some top rope or some lead climbing.  So we're opening this outing to all our meetup members.

As for gear, you must have at least your own harness and shoes, carabiner with belay device (ATC or grigri, etc).  You MUST be proficient with your belay device.  If you have any questions on belaying techniques, talk to one of the AO or to one of the experienced members.  If you have any questions on sports climbing in general, please ask.  It is better to ASK, talk, discuss, any questions or concerned that you may have before climbing.  We don't judge.  We'd rather make it a safe, and fun climbing weekend.

The Disclaimer:  Rock Climbing is dangerous.  Be safe, act safe, for your sake and the sake of your fellow climbers.

If you have any questions, talk to me at PRG on Wednesday, or email me.

Cheers,

-Alexandre

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  • Alexandre

    Thanks all for joining in and making it a great climbing weekend. It was a lot of fun. Thanks Eve and Nate for helping me prep the pancakes-bacon-eggs breakfast. It was a pretty nice Jacks breakfast for sure :-) Oh and Joe, thanks for putting that 11c. I think I left a few fingertips there. I'm still sore from it.

    April 17, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time with everyone there! Alex, fantastic job on organizing such a large group. Alex managed to put together one heck of a breakfast with everyone involved! Great communication and lots of input from everybody.
    I always enjoy the camp-out and climbing meet-ups, we get to really meet one another and exchange so much experience. Let's keep it going!!!!

    April 17, 2011

  • Alexandre

    I hope everyone's figured out their ride and are all looking fwd to the climbing weekend. As Joe said, bring your sport gear. As Pat said, be prepared for a cold night. Last year, a few climbers didn't have warm bags and froze their buttocks off.

    Also, bring some firewood. FIREWOOD!!! You can pick some up at gas stations along the highway.

    Get ready to climb. See you all at the crag.

    April 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Campers: be prepared for cold. Forecast low Saturday night is about 30.

    April 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a quick note... If you have gear, rope and draws, plan on bringing them. The routes at Jacks are fairly short, either a 50 or 60M rope work fine.

    April 15, 2011

  • Jacob J.

    JB,

    I'll roll. Shoot me a text/call, nine[masked]

    April 14, 2011

  • JB

    Heading up Sat AM, I've got room if anyone needs a ride!

    April 14, 2011

  • Alexandre

    My plan is to camp on Saturday night of course (good to hear you'll be there Joe), but I will need to head back down to the valley early on Sunday. I was not at the gym on Wednesday night, so if anyone's got a question, email me.

    April 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like a change of plans for us. We're going to hit the lake on Friday so we can come out to Jacks for Saturday and Sunday! After seeing everyone at PRG last night, we decided it would be so much more fun of a weekend to camp with everyone on Saturday night!

    April 14, 2011

  • Loni

    I may head up for climbing on sunday as long as at least one other person will be there to climb with? Anyone planning to stick around for the day sunday?

    April 13, 2011

  • Alexandre

    Ok, I've updated the post. Let me know if I missed anything or if you have any questions.

    April 13, 2011

  • Erin S.

    Joe, email me if you would like his cell. He is camping in Flagstaff right now. Otherwise see you this weekend.

    April 12, 2011

  • Erin S.

    Thanks Joe. He is a "stray" for Friday, so you could find him climbing with anybody;)

    April 12, 2011

  • Erin S.

    Alan will be camping at Jacks starting Thursday night. Look out for him Joe and Wess. If anyone is leaving Friday after 4 or Saturday morning, and would like to give me a ride let me know. That way Alan and I would just have one car in Jacks. I live in Mesa/Gilbert just south of 60.

    April 12, 2011

  • Laura

    Will get up there around 9:00 am on Saturday and camping. See you guys then. Will bring my rope and gear.

    April 12, 2011

  • Alexandre

    Thanks for the AO support, Joe, Wes. I'll add the trip details in the post this weekend. First Jack trip of the season for me. Excited.

    April 8, 2011

  • Wesley S.

    I will get there around 2ish on Friday...Maya and I will be climbing projects, however the meetup can count on me to help set up ropes.

    April 8, 2011

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