Hanging with the crew Feb 2017
This specific Providence South Area wall was first mentioned back in the Mid 90's "Climber's Guide to the Midwest", as the Pocket Wall. Many of the sport lines were bolted more recently, between 2005 and 2010, with the goal of finding quality lines of resistance for both beginners and seasoned leaders. One of the original trad lines follow a 100 foot traverse left along a crack which starts on a slab, heads under a long roof section to a ledge at the base of a drainage called The Alley, then finishes following The Alley up to rap anchors. This trad line is called "Hail of a Traverse."
If climbing during the summer, this area is shaded, but best climbed in the morning, due to the cliffs south west exposure. During the winter, late in the day will prove to be a warming reminder of why you love to climb.
South Providence is currently home to a wide variety of sport route difficulties, ranging from 5.7 to 5.13. A couple mixed routes provide traditionalist with gear placement options, but for the most part established route follow sport route bolted anchors. As of 2016, around 30 routes are bolted, or established, as free climbs.
Park at the Providence Access parking lot, then head east on the trail.
Climbing Season For the CM: Providence area.
Weather station 8.7 miles from here
24 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in South Area
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Area:
Juvenile 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Owl Eyes 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 50'
Featured Route For South Area
Hail of a Traverse 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Missouri
: CM: Providence
: South Area
Start this trad line by hiking slightly up the next drainage right of Alley Cat, until you gain the obvious horizontal crack. Head left, following the crack along the top of the slab face, towards the roof section of Pocket Wall. Feel the crux as you enter under the roof and transition using small finger edges, from piton to piton. The next crux is found just before the Alley ledge. At the base of the Alley, use the Alley Cat bolt to set up a belay station, to reduce rope drag, during the ascent...[more] Browse More Classics in Missouri
BETA PHOTO: Slab Town rock face looming over the trees at Pock...