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Description 

Mostly slabby or vertical riverside bluffs. This limestone is poor to good quality, depending on the line. The bluffs face west and don't have much shade in the afternoon. All seasons are good, but fall is best. Very vegetated and tick infested in the summer, and hot in the afternoons, too.

There is quite the mix of sport, trad, and mixed lines here, so bring all your gear. Only a 50 meter rope is required, though.

Refer to Missouri Limestone Select, by Sean Burns.


Getting There 

From Kansas City, take 71 south to South 7, going left at the top of the ramp. In Clinton, keep going straight as the road becomes 13. Continue about 25 minutes, passing Osceola Cheese on the left. Take a right on 82, which is at the top of the hill where you will see Sac-Osage Hospital. A mile or two down the road is a scenic pulloff on the right. Park here and descend via a trail by the stone steps.


51 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Trapper's Camp:
The Saint   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Stealth Wall
Fish and Bits   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Crescent Wall
Enter the Dragon   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Stealth Wall
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Featured Route For Trapper's Camp
The cave of Inner Pigeon.  Just right of this photograph is the large cave on the right end of Pontoon Wall.

Inner Pigeon 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b  MO : Trapper's Camp : Pontoon Wall
Start in the crack beneath the small cave, clipping a hidden bolt right below the cave. Pull the roof of the cave, then head up right first, then back left on beautiful face moves and pockets. Great rock....[more]   Browse More Classics in MO

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By Erik Pohlman
From: Westminster, CO
Aug 5, 2009

"The bluffs face west and don't have much shade in the afternoon. All seasons are good, but fall is best." If climbing here in the summer, start at sunrise and climb until the sunlight hits the shore. If you hurry, you will have just enough time to get out before the sun blazes down on you.

By karl vochatzer
From: Austin, TX
Dec 24, 2011

Does anyone have GPS coordinates or more detailed directions? We are visiting family in KC and will take a side trip to Osceola the week after Christmas.

By Matt Roberts
From: Columbus, OH
Dec 23, 2012

I grew up just south of here, but only started climbing after I left. It's been nice climbing here, but it is the first area that I've ever climbed in which I won't take off my helmet unless I'm climbing. There are lots of little spots of loose rock, and I think some fell on each route I climbed.

Also, I happened to have a 50' piece of static line in the car & I tied it to the anchor at the top of the approach. Totally not necessary, but it saved a few minutes, especially w a new climber in the party.