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Shared By: Rich S on Feb 2, 2018
Admins: Rich S, Marcus Floyd, Dave Hug

Description

Climb more. Drive less.

**Special Announcement** 

Do you want to get the FA on multiple boulder routes? Would you like to name the route and assign the rating? We probably have close to 40-50 boulder routes that need to be cleaned and established and we need your help! 

Please go to the North End Boulders on the North side and then click on Boulder Gardens.  All the pertinent info is there!  Bring your crash pads and play for a day or a week!

Open seven days a week to the public and offer 21 campsites for those who aren't ready to leave!

Website: Fees and Waiver Page You can find all information on our page in the menu bar at the top of the website. Rules and requirements are posted on our kiosk as you enter Robinson Bluff. So make sure to read them before, or after you have submitted your waiver and fee envelope (also located at our kiosk).

*Pets are NOT allowed at Robinson Bluff.

ENTRY FEE:  We just ask that you make sure you have SIGNED OUR LIABILITY WAIVER and have paid the required ENTRY FEE or CAMPING FEE(S) due at the time of entry. Please leave a copy or portion of the waiver / envelope with the Names of those visiting from your vehicle, VISIBLE ON THE DASH OF YOUR VEHICLE, parked in our free parking area. Please pay with cash at the kiosk and deposit envelope on entry. ONLINE Payment:  If you prepaid online then please provide a copy or your name and receipt number visible on the dash of your car. Please include a list of all visitors from your vehicle and deposit an envelope or waiver with a list of those who paid online. Fees and Waiver Page  

* DIRECTION NOTES - Getting to Robinson Bluff - Do not trust Apple Maps to get you to Robinson Bluff.  It keeps directing people to our neighbor. Please use Google Maps or the directions below.

CAMPING: Camping fees are $10 per site/per night (up to 10 people). Also group site reservations are available by phone.

We have over 20 designated camp sites and are currently available on a first come first serve basis. If you have or are planning a group activity, feel free to send us an email or call to check if the group sites are available for reservation. *Camping Entrance Notes: The main entrance gate remains locked. So we suggest bringing a large backpack to carry your things to your camp site. There's a weekend camp host at the front camper or a number at the gate that you can call for the temporary gate code, but cell phone service can vary depending on your provider. If you do drive through the gate pull to your camp site then please remember to park back in the parking lot after you drop off your camping supplies. The camp road is designed wide enough for one car and doesn't allow for parked vehicles.

DEVELOPED FOR CLIMBERS of all difficulties and styles, Robinson Bluff is a Midwestern sport climber’s haven. Here, moderate face climbing prevails with some spicy overhangs and obvious cracks. Within a few yards of the Big River and scenic views of rural rolling hills, Robinson Bluff is a new sport climbing destination in Missouri. Robinson Bluff gives Midwest sport climbers a new place to climb outdoors. It's close. It's beautiful.

"With the lack of a winter breeze, at the bottom of the bluff, and the sun hitting the rock face early, it's seldom too cold to climb. If it's at least 40 degrees and the sun's out, join us at Robinson Bluff."

ROUTES vary from short to tall while having great movement and bolted for all skill levels. RATINGS: While easier climbs are given a rating number representing the climb to be no harder than the rating represented, routes rated 5.10 and up are given a specific max crux rating. This should help you plan your visit and navigate your way along the bluff while using Mountain Project. PLEASE PROVIDE FEEDBACK using your MP App. Star rating and rate difficulty feedback helps the next visitors use the app.

SAFE CLIMBING Suggestions:

Base trail Rap Anchors are provided to practice cleaning anchors!

1. Wear a Climbing Helmet.

2. Discuss partner climbing commands before climbing.

3. Inspect your climbing equipment.

4. Know Route Beta before starting your climb.

5. Review cleaning a route before you climb.

6. Belayers be aware and stay aware.

7. Do not high clip. Reduce rope slack.

8. Climbers control falling rocks.

9. Help Keep trails and belay areas clear and intact.

10. Do not skip provided safety anchors.

11. Take extra quick-draws

12. Stay aware. (Do not hang out under a climber)

13. No topping out routes. (No climbing past rap bolts)

14. No Rappelling over the edge of the bluff.

15. No top roping directly off the bolts.

16. Be kind to your fellow climbers.

17. NO PETS or hammocks allowed.

18. Leave no trace. (pack it in, pack it back out)

19. Camp only in designated sites.

20. Please post MP route rating feedback.

21. Climb More. Drive Less.

GRADING a route or climb. The grade of a climb has become the slang word for rating but really refers to the amount of time it takes to climb a route or mountain line. The rating of a route's difficulty is traditionally described from section-to-section and pitch-to-pitch giving the description of the relative hardest trail or "crux" difficulty.

Rating Scale:

V Scale        YDS      Layman's Terms    HCR / GYM

                   1st Class  = Typical Trail

                   2nd Class = Steep Stairs

                   3rd Class  = Steep, Requires Hands

                   4th Class  = Steeper, Hands, Safety Line

                   5th Class  = Steepest, Hands, Rope Climb

VB1             = 5.1         = Easiest 5th Class Rating

VB2             = 5.2

VB3             = 5.3

VB4             = 5.4         = Easier                     5.7          

VB5             = 5.5                                            5.7 (VB)

VB6             = 5.6                                            5.8

VB7             = 5.7                                            5.9 (V0)

VB8             = 5.8        = Moderate                5.10

VB9             = 5.9                                             5.10 (V1)

V0-              = 5.9+                                           5.10

V0               = 5.10      = Difficult                    5.11 (V3)

V0+             = 5.10+                                        

V1               = 5.11a

V2               = 5.11b

V3               = 5.11c

V4               = 5.11d

V5               = 5.12a    = Very Difficult           5.12

V6               = 5.12b

V7               = 5.12c

V8               = 5.12d

V9               = 5.13a

V10             = 5.13b   = Most Difficult          5.14

GRADE:(Time and Endurance)

When grading a route or climb, the grade of a climb traditionally describes the length of a climb by breaking down the amount of time it takes for the average climber to complete a route, from starting the hike to returning back to the trail head. The total time is given a corresponding roman numeral. Most climbs at Robinson require less then an hour round trip. Ha, for those who just climb one route?

Here is a rough translation:

I     = 30 mins - 1 hr or less

II    = 4 hrs or less

III   = 8 hrs or less

IV   = Day of climbing

V    = More then a day

VI   = Several Days

Getting There

Note: You must go through Tiff MO. If you just put the GPS coordinates into your GPS you may end up across the river from the bluff and have to double back 30 minutes to get to the correct parking area.

From DeSoto MO:

Take HWY 21 south for 13 miles.
You will pass Washington State Park on your right and E&T’s service station on your left. Turn left onto Hwy CC, then after a 2.9 miles turn right onto Hwy E. After 1.9 miles turn left onto Tiff road, which is easy to miss coming around a long curve. Follow Tiff Rd around 90 degree twisty turns, past a small post office, under the rail road tracks, over the low water crossing, then up a long hill. After 3.6 miles on Tiff Rd, turn left onto Politte Road. The gravel road turns into black top then you turn left onto Bo Hollow Road. Locals know the area as Bo Hollow. This long gravel driveway will should be driven slowly to allow other cars to pass safely. After a mile or so, turn right into the obvious parking lot. Parking and camping fees are paid at the kiosk. 





3000 feet after E&T’s make a left on to HWY CC and continue for 2.9 miles.



Make a right onto HWY E and continue 1.9 miles



Make a left onto Tiff Rd. and continue for 3.6 miles.



At fork just past the post office stay to the left and shortly you will go under a railroad bridge.





Make a left onto Politte Rd. and continue for 0.5 miles.



Turn left onto BO Hollow Rd. and continue about 1.1 miles to Robinson Bluff parking on the right.

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Classic Climbing Routes at EM: Robinson Bluff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
 7
Grand Staircase
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 16
2 O'Clock Shadow
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 32
Ain't No Thing But A Chicken Wing
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 25
Big River 2 Step
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 17
The Watchtower
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 27
Beehive
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 51
Red Dihedral
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 19
Norminator
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 8
Excalibur
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 31
Sweet Crack
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 15
Begin Again
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 21
Titos Arete
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Cave of Time
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 6
Fight or Flight
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 15
Drifter
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Grand Staircase 1: South, Climb… > A: Lily Wall
 7
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Trad 4 pitches
2 O'Clock Shadow 1: South, Climb… > D: Vineyard
 16
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Ain't No Thing But A Chicke… 2: North, Climb… > D: Picasso Wall
 32
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Big River 2 Step 2: North, Climb… > B: Big River Buttress
 25
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Watchtower 1: South, Climb… > E: Apache
 17
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Beehive 1: South, Climb… > A: Lily Wall
 27
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Red Dihedral 2: North, Climb… > C: Red Dihedral Wall
 51
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Norminator 2: North, Climb… > F: Van Gogh Wall
 19
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Excalibur 1: South, Climb… > D: Vineyard
 8
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Sweet Crack 2: North, Climb… > C: Red Dihedral Wall
 31
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Begin Again 2: North, Climb… > A: Goblin Grotto
 15
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Titos Arete 2: North, Climb… > D: Picasso Wall
 21
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Cave of Time 1: South, Climb… > D: Vineyard
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Fight or Flight 2: North, Climb… > A: Goblin Grotto
 6
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Drifter 2: North, Climb… > D: Picasso Wall
 15
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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