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Looking for some good scrambles

Postby danw » Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:49 am

Hello all,
I'm coming from the east coast to spend a week with my kids over spring break and was hoping to find some good rock scrambles around the Ozarks that aren't terribly long. Trying to search for something like this on google brings up technical climbing areas which, while interesting for future trips, are not what I have in mind for this one.
If anyone is familiar with the Hudson Valley what I'm looking for is something comparable to Popolopen Torne or something slightly easier than the more popular Breakneck Ridge.
Thanks in advance for any local advice.
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Re: Looking for some good scrambles

Postby Jim » Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:05 am

For the Rocks... Just guessing this is similar to Popolopen Torne based on a google search and video flyover I just watched. (Thanks)

The best bet would be Johnson Shut'in's as a base camp location. They have cabin's and very reasonably priced if your interested. Goggin's Moutain is right out the cabin door, as well as a paved connection to Johnson Shutin's.

1) Elephant Rocks State Park is a great start for a day trip.( https://www.mostateparks.com/park/eleph ... state-park )

2) Bell Mtn Wilderness (http://ozarktrail.com/maps/detailed/TaumSauk1.jpg)
3) Johnson Shutin's trail along the swimming holes, and up the bluff, meet up with the Ozark Trail and head South toward the Scour Trail. We did a bushwhack down a great scree/boulder area and into the south side of Johnson shutin's. Note the area between markers C and D on the map. We went off trail and down toward the river. with a coupel 10 year olds. They loved it, you could spend a day rock hopping the river at the shutins.
(http://ozarktrail.com/maps/detailed/TaumSauk2.jpg)

4) Finish off with a day of hikinig the OT Taum Sauk down to Mina Sauk Falls. (http://ozarktrail.com/maps/detailed/TaumSauk3.jpg )

5) Maybe throw in a little time scrambling around Black Mountain - http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/pavem ... ntry/53829
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Re: Looking for some good scrambles

Postby danw » Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:54 am

What makes Popolopen special is that there are short sections where a novice will be doing things that seem to them to be impossible (stemming and smearing mainly) that are quite easy once you have some experience under your belt. It has the added bonus that once you get to the top its completely open, not above tree line but with views for miles in every direction. Its also short so you end up remembering and talking about the kinematics of the "hard" parts instead of the endurance of the "long" parts.

These look like the trailhead to good times. I don't want you think I'm trying to belittle your mountains, I just mean that to know a place you need to spend time there and that this seems like a good place to start that process.

As for cabins, aren't there yet.

Thanks again and I look forward to seeing some locals on the trails.
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Re: Looking for some good scrambles

Postby Jim » Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:58 am

Give Greg a call at (314) 961-6855
www.oldmountainsx.com

He's a climber and gear reseller in St. Louis. He might could anwser your questions best.
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