Robertsville State Park

 

Bicycle Camping & Tree Climb

  

Remember when you were a kid? Remember how exciting it was to climb 10 feet up a tree and just hang out? We've put together two of the most exciting activities from your childhood - riding bikes and climbing trees. The only difference is that the ride will be a little longer, the trees will be much much taller, and instead of soda we'll sip cold craft beer. Pedal with us out to Robertsville, MO to camp and climb. We've partnered with Vertical Voyages to create this epic adventure. They'll be helping us safely climb 25 feet into the canopy of some beautiful MO trees. Check it out here.

This trip is a bit of a double header. We'll be doing the tree climb at Shaw Nature Reserve, but since they don't allow camping, we'll be staying the night at Robertsville State Park. It's about a mile from Shaw Nature Reserve.


Shaw Nature Reserve is an extension of the Missouri Botanical Gardens. At Shaw Nature Reserve, native Missouri vegetation, animals and insects are protected from elements that may threaten their natural existence. Areas such as prairies, wetlands, woodlands and rivers are represented to offer environments for these plants and animals to exist naturally. The reserve is over 2,400 acres.

Robertsville State Park has it all - bluffs, creeks, the Meremac river, thick forest, and open prairie land. This state park offers fishing, boating, camping, hiking to name a few. 

 


 

Trip Details

Participants will have the choice of two route lengths. Both rides will be fully supported, meaning that we will be carrying your gear and offering mechanical assistance.


Day 1: The full 54 mile route will be leaving Spoked Bikes & Stuff (2716 Cherokee Street) at 9:30 AM heading to Babler State Park. This leg of the route is 31 miles and is estimated to take around three hours. Here we will meet up with the riders of the shorter 30 mile route. The second leg should take about two hours. Once arrived at Robertsville State Park, we'll setup camp, begin preparing dinner, enjoying cold beverages and enjoying some nature. There are hiking trails, bluffs and access to the Meremac River.


Day 2: After breakfast and breaking down camp, we will head over to meet the guides from Vertical Voyages to begin the tree climbing. This portion of the trip will last approximately 2 hours. Following the climb, everyone will depart home from Shaw Nature Reserve. The route back will be the reverse of the route taken to the campsite the day prior. All gear will be transported from Robertsville State Park to Babler and Spoked Bikes.


Additional Day: MO State Parks Department requires that we reserve 2 nights at Robertsville State Park. October 27th camping will be available as an add-on. Please note that anyone taking advantage of the additional night of camping will responsible for transporting his or her own gear for that night. You will be able to drop off gear Friday to be transported on Saturday afternoon. It's a great opportunity to try your hand at a fully supported bike camping trip.

Riders for the 33 mile route may be able to park their cars at Babler State Park. Check with the park to verify parking is allowed on that evening. Spoked Adventures is not responsible for any vehicles left unattended.


-- IMPORTANT --

All participants are required to download and review the following documents from Vertical Voyages. Waivers must be printed and signed in order to participate in any type of climbing activities.


Canopy Climbing Checklist

Vertical Voyages Waiver

 

 


 

Ticket prices includes:

  • Safely guided pre-planned bicycle route
  • Climbing led by certified instructors
  • All climbing gear (harness, shoes, helmet)
  • Mechanical support for the bike ride
  • Primitive camp site
  • 2 meals cooked over the fire: Dinner on the 18th will be hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled veggies, smores, and ice cold beer. Breakfast the following morning will include Sump Coffee, bacon, eggs, potatoes and veggies. 
  • Firewood
  • Transportation of overnight gear. All participants are limited to one bag.

 


 

Participant Requirements:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Headlamp, flashlight 
  • Capacity to carry what you need for the rides. We recommend trying to keep your back free by using a rear rack, saddle bags, panniers, porteur bags, etc....
  • Food and water for the rides. There are a number of gas stations on the way for you to refuel.
  • Basic tools (flat kit, spare tube), 
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Fully functional bicycle. We will be offering mechanical support to cover incidentals and basic malfunctions.

 

*Ticket are non-refundable.

**This is a "rain or shine" event

 

 

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