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Bouldering in the Canyon Proper

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Bouldering in the Canyon Proper  

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Submitted By: ferrells on Mar 29, 2014


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A nice, albeit small, collection of boulders is nestled down inside this tight canyon. Look for classics such as the gorgeous Yosemite Slab v0, the brilliant holds on Juicy Fruit v2, the thuggy Body Karate v8, and O.B.D. v6, among others.
The rock is the famous fine grained sandstone of southern Illinois, which is bullet, but with less friction than the sandstone in, say, Chattanooga.
For those who are well travelled, grades may puzzle you in this area. Speaking as an outsider, they seem to be largely a result of the unique local bouldering culture. Perhaps this will change at some point. For now, take the grades with a grain of salt, check your ego at the door, and just enjoy these wonderful boulders.

N.b.: I noticed that the bouldering hasn't been recorded well here (as to date, just 2-3 boulders have been posted), and the boulders do not easily fit into the rope route categories already listed above. This is an attempt to make it easier to post problems, because this really is a great little area worth visiting. If you have an alternate idea, or if I missed where this has already been done, please send me a PM (not a comment - I may not see it). Thanks, and safe travels.

Getting There 

Per directions on main page.
There are several bouldering spots close to the Jackson Falls canyon. For instance, The Roost is more easily thought of as a separate area.
The boulders on this page should be those actually in the canyon, starting at the Reefer Madness area back up towards the falls, where Praying Mantle and OBD are.

Climbing Season

For the Jackson Falls area.

Weather station 5.1 miles from here

2 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bouldering in the Canyon Proper:
Yosemite Slab   V0 4     Boulder, 40'   
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Featured Route For Bouldering in the Canyon Proper
Jon Glassberg on Body Karate, v8

Body Karate V8 7B  IL : Jackson Falls : Bouldering in the Canyon Pr...
A powerful and beautiful roof compression problem. It starts with a couple of big throws, then some compression with tensiony, far away feet, and finishes with hero climbing on an awesome rail. If you always wanted to climb The Vice, but don't climb v13 or can't get to Africa, this is your problem.Arguably the best boulder problem in the canyon, and good enough that it stands out in the region.Feels v9 to some body types....[more]   Browse More Classics in IL

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