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Jamestown Crag

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About Jamestown Crag:

Currently, there are about 50-60 routes. Overall, it's a pretty good place to climb. The routes are about a 70/30 split between sport/trad with cold-shut anchors sitting atop all but a few of them and tons of toprope also available.
Nearest town or city: Batesville
Directions: Google Maps location of Jamestown Loop

From Hwy 167 south of Batesville take Hwy 230 (Camp Tahkoda Road) west for about 3-4 miles and turn right at the Little Red Store. Hwy 230 becomes Locust Grove Road at this point. Drive for 3-5 miles and turn left onto Jamestown Loop. From Jamestown Loop This road will start uphill after a short distance. Once you reach the top of the hill, pass the radio tower on your right then a water tower on your left. As the road starts to go slightly downhill, it turns to gravel.

At this point there is a gravel turnout on your right with a dumpster. Turn in here and follow the trail on the right. The trail is about 2 miles long. If you are in a 2wd vehicle, you can drive past the pipeline area (large cleared out area) for roughly another half mile before you will have to walk. (Please park off the trail so that it doesnít become blocked). If you donít mind a few scratches on your 4wd you can almost drive to the bluff line. The "road" is washed out and very rough. If it has rained recently, expect lots of mud.

There are a few parking spots at the end of the trail before it makes a steep descent to the right. Park here, walk to the top of the bluff.

3 ways to get down the bluffs:

1. Dog Walk/Walk Down : Puts you near the Game Wall. Easiest way to get down. Come down the hill till you hit the bluffs. Take the 4x4 trail to your right. Follow this trail for a ways, 100 yds maybe, till you see a cairn stacked to the left of the trail and the brown official looking hiking sign. Both are easy to miss. Turn towards the bluff and you should see a relatively easy way to get down. This can be pretty slippery when wet.

2. Exodus Route/Rappelling : Puts you in the Amateur Wall. When first hitting the bluffs, follow the trail to the right for 10-15 feet. Turn towards the bluffs and find an easy looking route to climb down with anchors only. There is a tree above it that we still use for easier rapping. You can rappel here, or just solo downclimb. Please be safe.

3. Climb Down : Puts you at the end of the Disaster Wall. When you first hit the bluffs, turn left and follow the 4x4 trail through a few puddles. The trail will at one point cross a large, flat, short rock. This is your cue to start looking to your right for a cairn and a small trail towards the bluff. You will find a fourth class climb down with webbing. After climbing down, continue back along the bluff line to see the end of the Disaster Wall.
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Forum Discussions (7 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
No Replies Gate Access teffisk 0 Sep 04 2014, 5:01 PM
With Replies Still looking for a partner for jamestown... rustedradio 4 Jan 29 2011, 7:04 PM
No Replies Looking for a partner for spring, rustedradio 0 Dec 01 2009, 7:26 PM
No Replies Complete detailed guide jtown150 0 Oct 04 2009, 11:38 PM
No Replies NEW DIRECTIONS jtown150 0 Sep 10 2009, 7:39 AM
With Replies New Guidebook nearing completion! aubreymaulme 3 Jun 05 2007, 9:22 AM
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