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Who knows of a good DWS destination that doesn't involve a flight to Europe/Asia? Summersville is illegal, which is maddening because I life in WV. I've heard of stuff around Austin, Texas, but it looks more like a novelty than a destination. Pictured Rocks, Michigan looks like it MIGHT be amazing, but although I know there are ice routes and sport/trad nearby, nobody has ever mentioned DWS as far as I know(bad landings? Illegal?). There simply must be more areas in this country that are real DESTINATIONS for DWS. Any ideas?


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Anyone ever DWS in Glen Canyon Rec area? They flooded the canyon walls of the Colorado and Green River Maybe there's some sandstone splitter DWS there


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What about Hetch Hetchy?

Seems like there could be some potential there.


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angry wrote:
The bad part is that your cheapest place to stay is around 120 a night. Noone I know here has room to put people up, including myself.

No cheap hostels of any sort? Wow.


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slartibartfast wrote:
Who knows of a good DWS destination that doesn't involve a flight to Europe/Asia? Summersville is illegal, which is maddening because I life in WV. I've heard of stuff around Austin, Texas, but it looks more like a novelty than a destination. Pictured Rocks, Michigan looks like it MIGHT be amazing, but although I know there are ice routes and sport/trad nearby, nobody has ever mentioned DWS as far as I know(bad landings? Illegal?). There simply must be more areas in this country that are real DESTINATIONS for DWS. Any ideas?

For what it's worth, I've been to Summersville and rented a party boat for 3 of the past 4 summers and never once been caught/hassled for a day of DWS with 10-12 friends on a boat.

As I understand it, cliff "jumping" is prohibited, but climbing is not expressly mentioned... so just make sure you fall instead of jump.


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I think this is an area that has just not been explored much.

As to Hetch Hetchy...It might be to cold at any time of the year. I nearly died swimming across the Merced River as it runs through Yosemite (which would rate as a stream anywhere but California). I think falling into that reservoir tired could be fatal.

But... there has got to be some amazing DWS in the continental USA that is going unclimbed so far. I am guessing there are a few areas that are just waiting to be if not discovered then realized as DWS spots.


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I've seen some cool pics of DWS at Flaming Gorge Res. in UT/WY. Beautiful looking red sandstone. Never been myself, though.


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What about lake Havasu or lake Meed on the Colorado? I just bet some locals have some DWS secrets they are hiding there.


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wallwombat wrote:
What about Hetch Hetchy?

Seems like there could be some potential there.

Hetch Hetchy is explicitly off-limits to any sort of human contact with the water. They really need to just drain that and find somewhere else to dam up, we'd get a second yosemite valley out of it. Right now, with the opressive regulations surrounding Hetch Hetchy, its not the easiest place to climb.


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angry wrote:
While not US, Bermuda is pretty easy to get to. 2 new DWS routes went up today, putting our quantity of DWS to somewhere around 160, many of them unrepeated.

5.easy to 12a currently, though there are a few harder lines in the works.

The bad part is that your cheapest place to stay is around 120 a night. Noone I know here has room to put people up, including myself.

This might be silly, but is there a guide somewhere? This really sounds like the ultimate spring vacation.


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grahamh wrote:
Anyone ever DWS in Glen Canyon Rec area? They flooded the canyon walls of the Colorado and Green River Maybe there's some sandstone splitter DWS there

Yep.
I spent a week there last sept.
There is SICK DWS.
I posted some pictures on Mountainproject.

Also check out "east clear creek" in Northern AZ.
There are routes and photos in the database on this site.

josh


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You can deep water solo at Summersville you just aren'
t aloud to "cliff jump" you see the rednecks getting tickets for that. There are no rules against "falling into the water"


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   Just got home from 4 days on Lake Powell expressly for DWS. Super fun. The rock is not the most solid you will ever touch but if you stay in the main channel (where the river originally flowed) it is often fair to good. Right now is the time to go as the water temps are nice and the monsoons haven't really gotten too bad. Some of the crags rise 250-300 feet out of the water with 40-150 feet of water at their base so you can climb as high as you are comfortable with (just don't be stupid). Lifetimes worth as far as I can tell (2000 miles of shoreline with plenty of that being crags).

I was expecting it to be much worst, as I had never heard anyone rant and rave about it before but, if you stay in the main channel (I especially enjoyed between Warm Creek Bay and Padre Bay) and a few other spots (like select walls in Navajo Canyon) it kicks ass. There were plenty of spots that sucked, so you might need a good bit of time to explore.

I can't wait to go back.


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I just did some DWS stuff in Austin, TX like you mentioned. It's out at Pace Bend State Park. There's camping available there, and some decent climbing. We were in Upper S. Gracie Cove, and there were a few easy-ish problems around there. 20-25 feet or more. Rock is limestone, good quality. There are some other places down here at Pace Bend where you can do some sick DWS stuff, I just haven't explored it yet. Just watch out for large boulders around shoreline. There's a few big ones that are mostly out of the way, but if you stray too far off route, it could end up nasty.

Check out www.bloodyflapper.com and www.bloodyflapper.com/pacebend for some info. The second link has up-to-date links for water level, and has a few tags with climbing spots on it.

There's also a nice climbing spot just 5-10 mins away, Milton Reimer's Ranch - pockety limestone with lots of stuff. Texas isn't known for awesome sport climbing, but this stuff is pretty good. We usually will hit this up till noon-1-ish then head over to Pace Bend and DWS

Hope this helps! Cheers.


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I was pretty certain this was the case too, but the new guide for the new/meadow/summersville says dws is a no-no. Think that's just a liability thing or is it something you're going to get fined for if you get caught? I have heard of a lot of dws down there over the past few years, and have never heard of a sole getting pinched for it, but it all seems like one hell of a risk to me. Has anyone ever got an "official" word from the corps of engineers one way or the other?


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It says "Entering the lake from a height greater than one’s own is always prohibited." for the rules of summerville


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there's a bunch in arkansas along the buffalo river

http://www.rockclimbing.com/...er/River_Bouldering/

a few in missouri

http://www.rockclimbing.com/...the_offsets/offsets/
& a few other hidden areasPirate


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I know this is an old thread, but there is some nice stuff in devils canyon AZ near oak creek in superiour


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try foster falls in TN
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