Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hot and Nasty Spring Break

Arkansas Climbing Trip

It’s about time we start talking about our spring break trip. We have planned the most bodacious climbing vacation your minds can handle. Were headed to the Ozark Mountains to get aggro and send some sicky gnar gnar routes. On the way we’ll make a stop in SoIll and get nasty on Jason Kehl’s hometown pebbles.

We will leave on Sunday, March 21st at 9am sharp from the student center. After crossing Ohio and navigating the plains of Indiana we will find ourselves immersed in the gritty sandstone of Southern Illinois. After a night of listless sleep we will rise with the sun(O.K., not with the sun, but sometime after) and get to slapping the stone. We will spend that night there in SoIll.

The next morning will encompass a drive through Missouri and into the heart of the Ozarks. Upon arrival in Arkansas we will brace ourselves for the treacherous curves and steep hills that lead us to the Mid-western promised land called Horseshoe Canyon Ranch. This area was made famous by climbers like Chris Sharma and Fed Nicole in more than a handful of climbing videos.

HCR, or the Shoe as it’s known by locals, boasts the best climbing between the divides. Everything from 5.6 and V0 al the way to V15 and 5.14a. So no matter where your skills lie, you can find it here in Arkansas. While there we may hit up another great spot, Sam’s Throne. This is a great sandstone and limestone area about 30 min from the Shoe.

I highly recommend this trip to the climbers that want to climb in the most beautiful place in America. To the ones that want the most aesthetic lines. To those that just want a rad experience. As someone that learned to climb in Arkansas I can assure you, this place will meet, exceed, and destroy any expectations you may have.

Now for logistics. There are two ways you can get on this trip. Both of which you must go through Tim Rice in SC202 to accomplish. You can either:
a) Take this awesome trip for the low cost of $200.
b) Take this rad adventure as a class and use financial aid.

Which ever you decide, you must see Tim Rice. He is the Gate Keeper and you are not Sigourney Weaver.

Included in the cost is:
All your camping and climbing fees.
2 meals a day. With the exception of food eaten while in transit.
Gas to get there.
Use of Outdoor Pursuits Equipment.

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