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.
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.
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.
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.