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Elevation: 1,000 ft
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Shared By: Ryan Snyder on Nov 23, 2014
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Description

Camp Horizon is a United Methodist ran facility. It is primarily used for summer camps. It is best known for its mountain biking trails but has the potential for small wall face climbing. The facility is normally open to the pubic to visit and bike. The staff here is very nice and the welcome center sports a bathroom and shower facility. I happened to stumble upon the wall while exploring the area. It looks like it may be used by a natural stage and gathering spot for the campers during the season. I didn't have any of my gear at the time but it looks to have some potential. There are some other areas I was told about that could be climbed but ran out of time to explore them.

Getting There

30811 Horizon Dr, Arkansas City, KS 67005

Horizon Camp and Retreat Center is located 7 miles east of Arkansas City.

From Arkansas City:

Starting from the intersection of the Highway 77 bypass and Madison Avenue, drive 3.2 miles on Madison Avenue, which becomes 292nd Road.

At the fork, turn right (south) onto 296th Road. Drive 2.4 miles.

Turn right (south) onto Horizon Drive at the sign and go 1 mile to camp entrance.

At the far end of the camp area is a primitive camp area. It is accessed by dirt road that runs by the cafeteria. Take it passing all of the obstacle courses until you reach a clearing. The opposite side takes you to a road that drops down and goes through some trees. Follow it until you come to another road that goes off to the left. It will take you to a small rock wall.

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Andi-Jared Johnson
Wichita, KS
Andi-Jared Johnson   Wichita, KS
Took the kids with me and tried out this area. It was a little bit hard to find, I tried to take what I thought was the final left turn mentioned in the directions on this page and quickly realized this was not suitable for a low-clearance vehicle. Backtracked and continued on and there was a much better road going both directions, took a left and there we were.

There are indeed some permanent top-rope anchors in place here. We didn't explore every possible route but what we found was that this is *extremely* chossy -- especially the tallest route in the middle. I had to make sure my belayer was well back to avoid dropping huge chunks of rock (limestone?) on him.

We tried a line to the left and it was a bit more solid. I don't have a whole lot of experience climbing but I would call both of these climbs 5.5, or 5.6 at best. Maybe there are more difficult and/or more solid climbs here but they would also be pretty short.

I think this was some kind of quarry for a cement company, not a natural formation, which was pretty depressing.

That said, my kids enjoyed it... it's slim pickings for top rope climbing if you live in south central Kansas; for a one-hour drive from Wichita and single afternoon of climbing, this was about the most fun we could hope for around here :) Mar 22, 2015
Andi-Jared Johnson
Wichita, KS
Andi-Jared Johnson   Wichita, KS
We know someone on staff here and they told us they've recently set up some 'official' climbing areas. I don't know if this means top rope anchor hardware or what, but it sounds really promising! Mar 10, 2015

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