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WM: Trapper's Camp Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Erik Pohlman on Dec 18, 2006  with updates from Cyclops


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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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.2 miles from here

54 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in WM: Trapper's Camp

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for WM: Trapper's Camp:
The Saint   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Stealth Wall
Fish and Bits   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Crescent Wall
Ultra Pimp   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Crescent Wall
Turn Your Head and Cough   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Pontoon Wall
Inner Pigeon   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Pontoon Wall
Enter the Dragon   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Stealth Wall
The Whigg   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Pontoon Wall
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Featured Route For WM: Trapper's Camp
Rock Climbing Photo: Katie on Enter the Dragon, near the top.

Enter the Dragon 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Missouri : WM: Trapper's Camp : Stealth Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: Trappers work crew for Access Fund cleanup.  2004 ...
Trappers work crew for Access Fund cleanup. 2004 ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fishermen, a part of the experience at Trapper's.
Fishermen, a part of the experience at Trapper's.

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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: Cedar City, UT
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.
By David Welch
Feb 21, 2017
Found a pair of Evolvs on Sunday. Let me know if they are yours.
By CrimpDaddy-WesP
From: Houghton, NY
Jun 24, 2017
Can you set topropes on any of the climbs? Or can you not access the top without climbing?

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