The first stop was The Narrows in The Wichita Wildlife Reserve. It was a humid day but Matt put me on the classics. The highlight for me being a route called Arial Anticipation. Arial Anticipation is out of character for the area, with steep, well protected climbing. It was a nice mental break from the heady climbing we'd done during the day.
|Ben, Matt and Chase on top of Snakes Head.|
The next day the weather report forecasted rain, so we hung out in Starbucks in Lawton until it cleared then went for a jog up Mt. Scott. On the third day we planned on cragging at Crab Eyes and Lost Dome. After a few trad pitches in Testarossas at Crab Eyes and watching Tony Mayas rope solo everything at Lost Dome I was ready to call it a day. Lost Dome looked to have some good climbing but unfortunately my stoke was low.
|Ben on Wild Child|
Honestly, more than the climbing I was super impressed with the climbing community in Oklahoma. Twice a year they have a climbing gathering where everyone gets together to party, hang out and climb. Even though the climbing community is small and people are coming from everywhere from Kansas to Texas it appears as if everyone that climbs in OK knows each other. Compare that to Durango where there is a more concentrated population of climbers but many of them don't know each other. I've been climbing in Durango for 13 years and don't feel like I know all of the long time locals. All in all I'm really impressed with the stoke that Oklahoma climbers have for their local crags. Big thanks to Matt for showing me around is old stomping grounds!
|Matt and I cooking dinner. Photo by Carl Zoch|