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Summer Break and Graduation weekend at Jack's Canyon

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

My good friend Ashlyn is graduating (with honors) from Arizona Sate University this May, so we thought we should have a little celebration outing, for the the new grads, as well as to mark the beginning of the summer break.

Hope our climbing friends can come and join us, and enjoy a nice weekend of climbing at Jacks and have a few celebration drinks!

I've copied and pasted the info from the previous Jack's trip.  I'll update with more relevant info as the date gets closer.

When: From Saturday morning through Sunday with overnight camping.  You are welcome to join us for just a day trip as well.

If you want to move with the bulk of the group on Saturday, make sure you get in the campground between 10-10:30am.  Our usual spot is the clearing next to the bathroom.

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.

For 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 (decent topo and it's FREE):

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.  Only enter the GPS number, do not add Happy Jack.  Google also allows you to see the road on a Street View level.  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: 81F/50F

Winslow: 84F/50F

Jacks from Mountain Project: 70F/40F

Camping:  Camping is free and can accommodate large groups.  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 opportunities 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. 

Recommended gear is your standard sport gear: 60m dynamic rope, quickdraws (5-10 per routes), on most routes it is okay to use 2 quickdraws at the top anchors in opposed configuration.

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.

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Please READ:  Rock Climbing is dangerous.  Be safe, act safe, for your sake and the sake of your fellow climbers. I can't possibly list all the things that can go wrong, but in a large majority, accidents happen because climbers do not follow known safe procedures, get distracted, fail to communicate with their climber/belayer or are using equipment they are not familiar with. 

Please follow sport climbing rules for top belay and leading.  Use only the equipment you are proficient with.  Double check your procedures for tying in, putting anchors, and cleaning routes.  If we see that you are not following proper safety procedures, we will correct you.  If you refuse to be corrected, I'm afraid you will have to find another climbing group.

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If you have any questions, email me.  I normally reply to email inquiries within a day.  Joe and Wes can also answer questions.

Cheers,

-Alexandre

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great climbing! Fun times back at camp!

    May 16, 2011

  • Alexandre

    Very fun weekend. Thanks everyone for coming out to climb and hang out by the camp fire.

    May 15, 2011

  • Wesley S.

    Great weekend!!!

    May 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brandi and I are camped by the restroom. Planning on heading to Cracker Jack Cliffs in the morning, we get morning shade there.

    May 13, 2011

  • Alexandre

    Steve, I doubt we'll know where we'll all end up on Saturday. It's likely we'll have groups from Casino cliffs, to the Main wall, Cracker Jack and Swiss Wall. Casino cliffs is usually our first stop though.

    May 13, 2011

  • Alexandre

    If you've never been to Jacks before, print out the free topo and make sure you get in at our rendezvous point. The bulk of the group will meet at 10am at the camp ground at one of clearings near the bathroom.

    May 13, 2011

  • Alexandre

    It seems like we're going to own Jacks this weekend. We have a lot of climbers out this weekend so we'll have to spread out some. We can break out in groups depending on climbing level and interest.

    I should be getting to the campground at 10am. If you know where you're going and have partners, you're welcome to head down. Joe might be down there first and I'll bring the late morning climbers down.

    May 13, 2011

  • Steven W.

    carpoolers passing through central Phx email me [masked]
    Joe/Wes any specific areas in mind Saturday so we might know where to find the group? (I know we'll probably spread around)

    May 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow! Looks like we're getting a large turn out! If you have sport climbing gear, rope, draws, etc... Please bring them with you. See you all out there!

    May 13, 2011

  • Nate F

    Excited to go back to jacks. FYI Heather and I will be driving up Saturday morning and driving back on Sunday.

    May 13, 2011

  • John

    Three of us are going. Going up Friday night. Don't have room for anyone to ride but will have enough gear if others want to pair up. Driving a green Isuzu Rodeo.

    May 11, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be out there sometime Friday afternoon. Look for my white 4Runner.

    May 11, 2011

  • Erin S.

    I'll be driving up Friday night or Sat. morn from power/guadalupe crossroad. Email for carpooling.

    May 11, 2011

  • Jonah

    Would love to go, however I have a big test that week.

    May 9, 2011

  • Alexandre

    Request: as you sign up for this Meetup outing (or any outings), please update your profile with climbing and gear info, and picture. It is important you do this. It helps us judge how many experienced climbers vs. newer climbers are on board, and recognize members on this climbing trip. If we're going to keep each other safe on the side of a cliff, some basic info is necessary. So help us out! Thanks!!!

    May 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm hoping to get up there on Friday morning and be there all weekend! BIG FUN!!!

    May 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have one last ceremony to attend on Saturday afternoon. Which means I won't be heading up until 3pm (maybe later). Meet whenever--can't wait to see you there!

    April 27, 2011

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