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