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Ancient Sea Friends S 
Bootlegger  S,TR 
Both Get Hard On Top S 
Calling All Pro T,TR 
Distillery Edge S 
Edge of Darkness S 
Fist of Gold S 
Fright Flight S 
Gold Nugget S 
High Banker S 
Moon Shine S 
My First Rodeo T,TR 
Next Time, Send a Card S 
Nice Stems TR 
Prohibition T,S 
Prospector S 
Prospector Traverse T 
Providence Crack T 
Regurgitated Bird S 
Return to Sender S 
Slimestone Cowboy S 
Step by Step S 
Texas Two Step T 
What's Left T,TR 
What's Up T 
White Courage S 
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Main Area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 579'
Location: 38.83769, -92.40606 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Marcus Floyd, Dave Hug, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Dave Hug on Sep 23, 2016
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Just a handful of climbs all rated 5.9 and up. Most climbs can be top-roped with long runners but there are a few bolted routes. Classic crack climb needing large cams as pro.

Getting There 

From Columbia: drive south of Columbia on Providence about 5 miles until you come to a river access sign to Providence landing. Follow the access signs to the parking lot. Head east from the parking lot on the KATY trail. Less than half a mile to the bluffs. Scramble up a steep trail to the base of the bluffs.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.5 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Main Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Main Area:
Providence Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Regurgitated Bird   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   
Both Get Hard On Top   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Ancient Sea Friends   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Slimestone Cowboy   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Gold Nugget   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Fright Flight 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  Missouri : CM: Providence : Main Area
Several different crux sections provide different challenges, from a solid dead-point move,on the vertical face, to the use of slopers, while managing the small roofs, this route provides a bit of fun variety....[more]   Browse More Classics in Missouri

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By Marcus Floyd
From: columbia, mo
Jan 1, 2017
As of Jan 2017, Providence Main bluff offers many climbs ranging from 5.3 to 12+, including numerous sport, trad and top rope lines. Over one hundred established routes trace faint white lines up the variety of crags that tower over the Perche Creek and the Eagle Bluffs Conservation ponds, along the Missouri River. The ponds are often filled with ducks, geese, an occasional heron, and regularly surveyed by eagles from above. Ready made game trails see deer, possum, and fox traffic daily as they zigzag the base of many of the rocky cliffs. A good layer of trees offer a great buffer between the yoga stretching climbers and the bikes racing by, on the Katy Trail below. Hardwood foliage, provides shade through the summer months before bursting into warm fall colors. Autumn winds eventually scatter the impressionistic rainbow over the ground, allowing the winter sun to kiss the limestone grey, streak ridden walls by the afternoon. Towards sunset, the breeze seems to calm, the ducks really start to chatter, the still ponds reflect the orange glow of the heavens, and the reality of the days accomplishments truly starts to take hold. The Providence experience is truly like no other.

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