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Bootleg Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Lunkers, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Nessy 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Sex on the Beach boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Elevation: 384 ft
GPS: 37.663, -89.512 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: JBroom on Jan 19, 2011 with updates from Jack Pantanella
Admins: Dave Hug
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Description [Suggest Change]

The Beach is yet another collection of great sandstone boulders in southern Illinois that are fun to play on! This collection sits along side the mighty Mississippi River for a stretch of a half of a mile or so. There are currently approximately 70-80 established boulder problems with possibilities for more. The rock is pretty high quality and river polished. The landings range from perfect soft sand to medium sized, ankle breaking talus with a few pads and spotters coming in handy more often than not. The Beach can feel cooler than other areas in the summer due to the open nature of the boulders in contrast to other areas in So Ill buried in the woods seeming to trap in the humidity. This coupled with the river a stones throw away can make for somewhat comfortable summertime conditions for a session especially in the mornings and evenings. One drawback to the beach is the fact that the number of problems that are climbable can change from day to day due to changes in the water levels and the fact that the boulders can border the river. For current water levels checkrivergauges.com - Mississippi River - Grand Tower, IL. Please consult "Sandstone Warrior" by Matt Bliss for a great comprehensive guidebook on The Beach and many other areas in So Ill and Elephant Rocks, MO

Getting There [Suggest Change]

The "Parking" listed here is no longer public use. while there i ran into some logistical problems just getting parking and hiking with to many pads, but there is a hike from up top by fountain bluff road, find the power lines and use the map to the left to see where the lines intersect with the bouldering area. Its a little more of a hike but should keep both the climbers and the people working at the grain silos and the power plant happy. If the trail down is overgrown you can try you're luck down by the power plant, but be mindful of trespassing and private property signs.

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Eero46  
There is no "trail" down the hill after the atv trail. I would just recommend following the atv trail all the way until it butts up against the river. I ran into a hunter while walking down the atv trail and he doesn't care as long as you stay on the trail. Nov 13, 2012
Dave Hug
Carbondale, Illinois
Dave Hug   Carbondale, Illinois  
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Some fine beach bouldering Jul 20, 2014
Dave Hug
Carbondale, Illinois
Dave Hug   Carbondale, Illinois  
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More Beach bouldering Jul 20, 2014
Can anyone give directions to get here? Or an address to somewhere nearby? Nov 18, 2015
Eero46  
Good article for info on the Beach.

terrain-mag.com/climbing-th… Feb 18, 2016

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