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Zen Pen Rock Climbing 

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River sandstone bouldering area!!! Great for a day or two of fun if you are in the area and really easy approach. Variety of problems so there is fun here for everyone.

I have not been able to get with some of the guys that developed it or found a complete topo to reference so thought there are many problems listed I am not certain of first ascents or even the names of the routes if they are listed wrong just message me or email me and i'll get to fixin em right away!

Getting There 

Manford, OK nestled west of Tulsa about 20 minutes or so. From highway 51 and highway 48 head north about a mile or so. park near the train tracks (safely please) and walk west down the train tracks to the river. head south along the small cliff band until you reach your desired area!

Climbing Season

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Weather station 2.6 miles from here

33 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Zen Pen

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Zen Pen:
New Map to Hell   V3 6A     Boulder   Purgatory
No Holds BBQ   V4- 6B     Boulder   Zen Pen Area
Orangutang Swang   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 20'   Purgatory
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Featured Route For Zen Pen
Rock Climbing Photo: Me on No Holds BBQ.

No Holds BBQ V4- 6B  Oklahoma : Zen Pen : Zen Pen Area
Located to the right of Kill Bill. It starts at the right side of the giant cut out that forms the roof. There are a few okay holds and a little mono pocket under the roof. Use this to get to the horizontal rail above. Readjust and dyno for the jug just below the lip then mantle the top out. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Oklahoma

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By Ryan Henry
From: Golden, Colorado
Apr 2, 2008
Just for the record its spelled Mannford. I was trying to look it up on google maps and having trouble. I am going to check out the area this weekend, looks to be some good 'ol Oklahoma sandstone!!!
By PatG
From: Tulsa,Ok
Apr 29, 2008
Went to check it out about a month ago but unfortunately it was halfway under water.
By Cody Gogo
From: Stillwater, OK
Feb 27, 2009
from what i've seen it's best to go when it's really cold or hasn't rained for a long while. i've seen the rock sweat pretty bad on hot days too. prepare to get muddy.
By DGraham
From: Dallas
Oct 7, 2014
does anyone know where I can get a topo or guidebook for this place?
By Mark Fletcher
Dec 20, 2014
Does anyone know a legal way to get to this location other than a boat along the river? The area on both sides of the railroad are marked No Trespassing and the adjacent land to the railroad is marked as private property. Parking your car at the small paved turnout on the north side would surely attract the interests of the railroad police or the landowners.
By Tristan Bradford
From: Oklahoma City, OK
Feb 23, 2016
By Andrew Lanning
Oct 17, 2016
Access can be had from the VFW off the highway. Walk through the brush behind the building until you hit a dried up creek bed. Follow this down to the purgatory area. Follow the trails on the right side to Zen Pen area. Ladder Tree is no longer there, climb down the right side of the pen.
By LeifCarter
Dec 5, 2016
I'm from NC and swung through here with some friends on the way to Hueco because it was rainy in AR and we were jonesin for rock. We were all pleasantly surprised by this area! We were sketched about the entrance behind the VFW but we asked permission from someone inside and they were very nice. The rock can be a little soft and sandy but there are some really aesthetic lines. Cheers!

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