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Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge
By: Craig Childre When: Jan 12, 2017

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Comments: The heat is pretty brutal, but certainly you'll find plenty of shady spots to keep you busy.

Texas? You could go down to Austin, and Enchanted Rock... same swampy heat with lesser quality rock.

Now over around El Paso, Hueco Tanks... it's everything you've heard, but that's a mega long trip you need reservations for... consider 2 hours closer, around Carlsbad NM, You could hit what I consider the ultimate summer o... more >>


Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge
By: Craig Childre When: Jan 12, 2017

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Comments: Camp Doris is great central spot to stay, but is family oriented, so no booze, which goes for the whole refuge.

When it's hot. Narrows, you can chase the shade all day. I like to start at Lichen Wall, mid day have a siesta soaking feet in the river, and usually end at Zoo Wall or the Tower.

Longer hike out but you can find shade all day either side of Crab Eyes.

Mount Scott is another gem, most of the upper gets blazed, Romper Room sees no sun all day. Both upper and lo... more >>


Location: New Mexico : New Mexico, other Southern ... : Last Chance Canyon : Photo
By: Craig Childre When: Jan 5, 2017

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Comments: Some climber kids from Juarez broke the fire ban, burned most of the canyon all the way down past Sitting Bull Falls. Shut down for almost two years. A few years back I shot this, left up as warning for how delicate our access is to this place.


Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : The Narrows : Zoo Wall : The Unfinished Piece (5.6)
By: Craig Childre When: Dec 19, 2016

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Comments: Do note: For the genuine 5.6 route, past the cedar tree, traverse sharply left and avoid the exposed moves above. The direct line above goes at least 5.7 or better. Confusion is understandable. Likely the reason it's being suggested for an upgrade.


Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : The Narrows : Zoo Wall : Flying Grasshopper, AKA "Ri... (5.8)
By: Craig Childre When: Dec 19, 2016

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Comments: First time anyone I knew attempted to lead this route. Was dudes 3rd lead, with a rack of forged friends, who had trouble protecting that traverse, and couldn't commit to those final few moves. Couple of Okies from the climbing gym up in the City rolled in, dusted off Leap Frog linked with The Flying Nun complete with a poison ivy finish. Rapping off, they pulled up the rope from the guys stuck leading Pryor so they could escape via top rope. Lesson that day, learn how to... more >>


Location: Oklahoma : Quartz Mountain : Snakes Head / S Wall : Bourbon Street (5.8 PG13)
By: Craig Childre When: Dec 9, 2016

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Comments: Nice... I lead that 2nd pitch on my first pass, and thought I was gonna lose a shoe at a few spots. Terrible gear too.


Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : Merlin Crack Area
By: Craig Childre When: Oct 27, 2016

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Comments: I believe this area should be filed under the Charon's Garden section. Looks to be near the West Horizon Pass... near Wintergarden Wall.


Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : Charon's Gardens : Photo
By: Craig Childre When: Oct 27, 2016

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Comments: You might benefit from using the Post Oak Falls bypass when headed for Elk Slabs and the southern boulders. Just in case you didn't know. Otherwise, great map.


Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : The Narrows : Meat Slab
By: Craig Childre When: Sep 12, 2016

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Comments: Thanks for the info Louie, I've updated the associated route descriptions.


Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : Charon's Gardens : Big Whiskey : The Unforgiven (5.11c)
By: Craig Childre When: Jul 26, 2016

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Comments: Historical Note: Lohn guide rated this 11b


Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : Charon's Gardens : Big Whiskey : Elk Horn Special (5.13a)
By: Craig Childre When: Jul 26, 2016

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Comments: Historical note: The Lohn guide lists this route at 12c.


Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : The Narrows : Zoo Wall : The Unfinished Piece (5.6)
By: Craig Childre When: Jul 26, 2016

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Comments: Also... do know the topo pic I posted for Zoo Wall's main page. The line showing Unfinished Piece is a direct copy of what is shown in "The Oklahoma Climber's Guide" by Lohn.


Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : The Narrows
By: Craig Childre When: Jul 25, 2016

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Comments: When the river is up. If you can get past the first river crossing. Avoid the main trail that descends from the overlook point. Instead take the upper trail/bushwack to reach the ramp atop Zoo Wall. Scramble down to the Crazy Alice chains and rap in. You'll have access to Leaning Tower and the right side of Lichen Wall. Large Corner Girdle reaches the top of Lichen Wall if you are dreaming of Spaceballs or League of Doom. Though, I would probably downclimb Spaced to re... more >>


Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : The Narrows : Lichen Wall : Fantastic Voyage (5.12a PG13)
By: Craig Childre When: Jul 22, 2016

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Comments: Yup... Reading the Lohn guide... and my descriptions is certainly lacking.


Location: Colorado : Pagosa Springs : East Fork Pinnacles : Spicy Tooth : Photo
By: Craig Childre When: Jul 20, 2016

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Comments: Bolt placement and route accuracy is not confirmed. This was generated using the hand written beta sheet and as such, this is an interpretation. Weather did not permit any ascents during my visit. I can amend this beta picture should inaccuracies be found. I would welcome any additional input.


Location: Colorado : San Luis Valley : The Pharcyde
By: Craig Childre When: Jun 21, 2016

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Comments: I look to see the stars ratings for what they are... just like the YDS ratings... as a simple opinion to use as guidance for each area. Time will tell as more ascents come. For now, I enjoy Mondragon's enthusiasm and hope it's not misplaced. Thanks for all the work on this area.


Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : The Narrows : Zoo Wall : Dr. Coolhead (5.10d X)
By: Craig Childre When: Jun 20, 2016

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Comments: Anyone considering leading Coolhead. Unless you are seeking the on sight, we suggest you lead Crazy Alice first, and hang a long draw or sling on that first bolt as you lower off. A crash pad is worth it's trouble.


Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : The Meadows : Cat Cave (5.13b)
By: Craig Childre When: Apr 8, 2016

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Comments: Nice... Thanks for the info Drew!


Location: New Mexico : New Mexico, other Southern ... : Last Chance Canyon : Tornado Alley : Gustnado (5.11a)
By: Craig Childre When: Feb 29, 2016

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Comments: Being one of the better routes in the canyon, this deserves a far more expansive and vivid route description. Long reach crux and spiders isn't exactly saying much.


Location: New Mexico : New Mexico, other Southern ... : Last Chance Canyon : Beer Garden : Black & Tan (5.11a)
By: Craig Childre When: Feb 26, 2016

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Comments: Mike, do you know which line is Ting Zhao?




Location: New Mexico : New Mexico, other Southern ... : Last Chance Canyon : Fossil Wall
By: Craig Childre When: Feb 25, 2016

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Comments: Thanks Mike! I wasn't sure on many of these names. If you know any first ascent info I'll add that too.


Location: Oklahoma : Quartz Mountain : Sea of Screams : The Hobbit (5.7) : Photo
By: Craig Childre When: Feb 25, 2016

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Comments: Also... I think this is the top out of the too fun.. Squeeze Chimney... and understand that even the ivy's roots carry oil that can cause a reaction.


Location: Oklahoma : Quartz Mountain : Sea of Screams : The Hobbit (5.7) : Photo
By: Craig Childre When: Feb 25, 2016

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Comments: Do know, even in winter months, ivy's oil can get you. Let's hope this gets cleared soon. Agree with the beta suggestion.


Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : The Meadows : Cat Cave (5.13b)
By: Craig Childre When: Feb 18, 2016

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Comments: Wider Angle

position viewpoint.



Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : The Meadows : Cat Cave (5.13b)
By: Craig Childre When: Feb 18, 2016

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Comments: Not a great picture, but it's something. The cave is hard to miss if you continue downstream from the Thunderdome.



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