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Outdoor climbing at Jackson Falls (Day 1 - Saturday)

Important - signup procedures

We need at least one leader and one belayer per group of four. The number of leaders determines how many total we can have. Therefore, only RSVP “Yes” if you’re comfortable leading 5.8 sport. Otherwise, post in the comments that you want in, and as leaders become available, we’ll add everyone else by order of request.

Somewhat important - Cancellations

Outdoor trips tend to get plenty of last minute cancellations. Don’t sign up unless you’re reasonably sure you can go. On the other hand, slots generally open up close to the day of. We will reschedule if there is a greater than 50% chance of rain.

Disclaimer

This is a peer event. The St. Louis Climbers meetup is a group of private individuals getting together to climb. Some are more experienced than others. We are not qualified to instruct or to demonstrate proper safety techniques. Each participant is responsible for their own safety.

What we’ll be climbing

Bolts, bolts, and more bolts. Unless we have some high speed 5.12c types, we’ll stick to 5.8 and 5.9 sport climbs. There are relatively few 5.6 and 5.7 climbs at Jackson. We will set up topropes for those who don’t want to lead.

Directions

Take I-64 east to I-57. Go south on I-57 and then south on I-24. Take the Tunnel Hill Rd exit and follow it to 45. Make a left on 45 which will take you into Ozark. As soon as you pass the Ozark general store, make a right on Ozark Rd and drive through the town. Turn left on Trigg Tower Rd. Look for a farmhouse with a covered well in the yard, turn right on the road by it. You will go along a gravel road for about 2 miles until you come to a creek where the parking lots are.

The only guide book I know of is Vertical Heartland. It was available from the Alpine Shop in Kirkwood as of early this year.

The plan

Meet in the main parking area at 10am on Saturday morning, in the area by the toilet. If you found Jackson Falls, you found the parking area. This will give people a chance to drive in from St. Louis. At 10am we will do introductions and break into groups. Based on interest, we will decide which areas we are heading to. At 10:15am, we will head down into the valley. Cell phones work marginally at the meeting area, but not in the valley, so if you come in late it will be VERY difficult for you to find us.

I will bring my camera in an effort to get a better cover picture for our meetup.

We will climb until 7pm or so based on what everyone feels like, then head back up. Those who are staying for Sunday will camp.

What to bring and wear

You must have a climbing harness and climbing shoes as a bare minimum. If you have a rope and draws, please post in comments. If this is your first time outdoors, bring what you would for a full day hike. There is no water in the valley, so bring at least 2 liters to avoid having to run back to the cars constantly.

If you will be staying for Sunday, bring plenty of food and water since there's nothing close by. I will bring a stove for cooking.

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  • Z

    Eric and Nikki, it was great climbing with you guys. I thought weather would be the big problem - didn't plan on us assisting EMS with carrying a litter through mud and mossy rock for a couple of miles. Can't say there was no adventure.

    2 · June 2, 2014

  • Z

    Oops - replied to Sunday thread first. Eric, we're still a go as long as you're definitely planning to go, but otherwise we have to make it just Sunday, since Nikki can't lead belay.

    May 30, 2014

    • Jay

      Yeah, sorry guys but I'm driving through a wall of humidity so I don't even want to think about what tomorrow's going to be like. Sorry to cancel so late but if there's one thing I've learned it's that I can't beat the weather. Here's hoping though that my not going will allow it to be 60 with a nice gentle breeze for you guys tomorrow. Good luck out there and be safe.

      May 30, 2014

    • Nikki K.

      Looks like I'll be there right at 7:00, barring traffic.

      May 31, 2014

  • Jay

    I'm really iffy at this point as the heat and humidity (dew point is forecasted up to 70-74) is likely going to make this real miserable.

    May 30, 2014

  • stubbs

    I have very little experience but my son and I are interested in climbing outdoors.

    May 16, 2014

    • Z

      The group is still young, but we'll get there. Once we hit a critical mass of about 100 members or so, it will be much easier organizing the outdoor events. We have a couple more leaders who have said they might be able to make this, so we're not doing bad so far.

      May 17, 2014

    • Z

      Stubbs, we haven't had any leaders drop yet, but we only have 4 for saturday, so it would not be a suitable first day for the both of you. We'll get more stuff on the calendar so you'll be out there sooner rather than later.

      May 30, 2014

  • Z

    Looks like we're good to go. Climbingweather.com only showing 26% chance of rain on Saturday. If anyone can't make it due to last minute obligations, now's the time to let everyone know. I have Eric going Friday, and Jay and me going from UL downtown at 7am on Saturday. Nikki, what are your travel plans?

    May 29, 2014

    • Z

      Wasn't planning on anything elaborate since it's only four of us. I'll bring a stove, we'll want to eat at camp unless someone's bored and in the mood for a drive.

      May 29, 2014

    • Nikki K.

      Okay. Sounds good.

      May 30, 2014

  • Z

    So who's planning to drive out Saturday morning, and who's going Friday night? I'm hoping to drive out Friday but it depends on work.

    It's still too early to get a good picture as far as weather since this week is all over the place for the midwest. We'll make the final decision on Thursday afternoon. I'll still probably go even if it's iffy as long as I have one belayer. Stay tuned.

    May 27, 2014

    • Jay

      I'd use Climbing Weather as your forecast app as it'll show you rainfall predictions. Saturday is clear at the moment per their website: http://climbingweathe...­

      May 28, 2014

    • Z

      Ooh.. nice... I've just been checking on wunderground.com. This looks much more hopeful.

      May 28, 2014

  • Eric W.

    I can lead 5.9 if need be. It's been 6 months since I've been in my rock shoes though...

    I have rope, an extra harness and an extra pair of size 13 shoes; plus beaners, draws, a couple ATCs and a grigri.

    Thinking I might head down there Friday night if anyone's interested.

    May 19, 2014

    • Nikki K.

      I was thinking the same thing about camping Friday night. Anyone else interested?

      May 20, 2014

    • Z

      I'll probably head down Friday myself, but will get there late. Eric, bring rope just in case, but we probably won't need it.

      May 20, 2014

  • Jay

    I'm a conditional "Maybe". I reserve the right to cancel if I don't like the weather :D ... or anything else. ;)

    May 15, 2014

  • Nikki K.

    I don't lead yet, but I'd love to join a group. I can top-rope belay. Do we need an extra rope?

    May 15, 2014

    • Z

      Most of the leaders will have their own ropes, so we should have enough. As soon as we get someone else who can lead belay, I'll switch you to Yes.

      May 15, 2014

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