Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition
HOME        WMCC        THE REFUGE        QUARTZ        NEWS        ABC        LIBRARY        GALLERY        CONTACT        FORUM
 

Pear and Apple, by Ryan Ray

WMCC Library
Click the links below for more information

FONSI         CHARTER          MOU         BROCHURES        EXPOSURE NEWSLETTERS         OKLAHOMA ROCK        ARCHIVED OLD FORUM
 

 

Exposure Volume 7, February 2002


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Quartz Update
Refuge Update
Project Update
WMCC News
ABC News
Insights
Classic Lines
From the Board
Special Events
Announcements


QUARTZ UPDATES

BALDY POINT SAVED!!! QUARTZ JOINS STATE PARK

On March 30th, 2001, the Access Fund and State of Oklahoma completed the purchase of Baldy Point, one of this region's premiere climbing areas. The 60-acre property, which includes the entire namesake mountain and adjoining mesquite forest, was immediately transferred to the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, to be forever protected as part of Quartz Mountain State Park.

The transfer represents the successful conclusion of several years of dedicated effort by the Access Fund and Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition (WMCC) to permanently protect this valuable climbing resource and outstanding natural area. In addition to funding provided for by the Access Fund, the WMCC raised more than $16,000 for the purchase from members, local climbers and climbing organizations, and other supporters, both regionally and nationally.

Baldy Point, or "Quartz" as it is referred to by the local climbing community, had been privately owned by Ted and Margaret Johnson since climbing began there in the early 1970's. Thanks to their generosity, the public had been allowed to access Baldy Point for climbing and hiking for more than thirty years. However, with the passing of Ted Johnson in 1993 and the recent health decline of Margaret Johnson, it became necessary for the Johnson family to sell what remained of Ted and Margaret's property. Concerns about the future of climbing at Quartz quickly arose when it was discovered that part of the Johnson's land had already been sold to a local developer and that the Baldy Point property would soon be next. But, thanks to quick action by the local climbing community and the Access Fund, permanent public access to Baldy Point is now guaranteed.

The property will be managed as the "Baldy Point Primitive Area", for the purposes of climbing, hiking, nature observation and photography, and environmental interpretation and education. Those activities are provided in perpetuity under the covenants which were part of the deed to the State of Oklahoma. Those conditions also require that the Baldy Point property be maintained as a "natural area" with only minimal improvements, such as hiking trails and educational signage, allowed on the property. For more information about climbing, regulations and management at Quartz, please visit the WMCC website.

The Baldy Point purchase is another fine example of how the local climbing community can rally together to protect our region's important climbing resources and natural treasures. The WMCC is proud to have played a leading role in the success of this project. We look forward to providing Quartz Mountain State Park ongoing support in managing rock climbing and other activities at Baldy Point.

ACCESS FUND HONORS PRESERVATION EFFORTS

Strong storms gave way Saturday morning, May 5th to clear skies and a perfect day for the Access Fund's Baldy Point Preservation Ceremony, which was held on-site at Quartz. More than 50 people attended the ceremony, which honored all of those who made the Baldy Point acquisition possible, and officially recognized the transfer of Baldy Point to Quartz Mountain State Park.

In addition to many local climbers who were present, a number of special guests were there, including Oklahoma State Senator Bob Kerr, Oklahoma State Parks Director John Ressmeyer, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department Planning and Development Director Kris Marek, Access Fund Board member and Secretary Eric Hobday, and Access Fund Access and Acquisitions Director Shawn Tierney.

The ceremony began with opening remarks from WMCC Board member Marion Hutchison, who spoke about the spirit of Quartz and the special bond that local climbers have with Baldy Point. Tony Mayse and Lori Boren then offered some heartfelt remarks about Ted and Margaret Johnson, Quartz's longtime owners. Lori also read a few special words written by Suzy Spradlin (Ted and Margaret's daughter) expressing her closeness to the land and desire to protect it for future generations. A large color print of Ted Johnson from the 1985 Outside Magazine Article "Oklahoma Rock" was displayed so that those who never met Ted could get an idea of the kind of person he was.

Next, Eric Hobday presented to Quartz Mountain State Park Manager Bruce Divis a bronze memorial plaque to be permanently placed at Baldy Point to honor Ted and Margaret. The plaque reads: "In Honor of Ted and Margaret Johnson, whose Generosity, Friendship and Love of Old Baldy was a Gift to All...May 5, 2001". Shawn Tierney then presented the Deed to Baldy Point to John Ressmeyer. After that, Shawn presented Access Fund Sharp End Awards to those whose efforts were critical to the success of the acquisition: Suzy Spradlin, City of Blair, Texas Mountaineers and Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition. Shawn then presented an engraved contributor plaque to Kris Marek listing the more than 90 individuals and organizations who donated time and money to the project. Next, Bruce Divis officially dedicated the property, as Matt Komatsu rappelled down the Headwall to cut the ceremonial red ribbon. Bruce ended the event with some inspirational closing comments.

Following the ceremony, many climbers took to the walls, becoming the first persons to climb on the new State Park property.

PARKING AREA, ACCESS ROAD UPGRADED

A few of the epic adventures described by climbers about past visits to Quartz aren't about serious runnouts. In fact, they're not about climbing at all. Those stories have to do with surviving the trip across the old dirt road just to reach the parking lot. Tales of lost mufflers and stuck vehicles abound. Rumor even has it that a Volkswagen once sunk out of sight in the old water hole at the entrance to the parking area. Well, those days are history.

Thanks to the efforts of Greer County and Quartz Mountain State Park, the dirt access road to Baldy Point has been improved, and the old climbers parking area has been expanded and upgraded.

The new parking area comes complete with posts and cables, an informational sign board, and a fabulous view of Quartz. And, it's now big enough to hold an entire Fall Gathering's worth of vehicles.

WMCC HOSTS SPECIAL QUARTZ FALL GATHERING

More than 30 climbers made the pilgrimage to Baldy Point on October 6th and 7th for this year's special Quartz Fall Gathering. The event was hosted by the WMCC as a reunion of climbing friends, past and present, and as a celebration of Baldy Point's addition to Quartz Mountain State Park. Among those in attendance were a number of the original Quartz gang, including Sam Audrain, Mark Herndon, Terry Andrews, Marion Hutchison, Randy Hankins, Steve Gilliam, Rick McUsic and Bob McCall.

Thanks to a Special Use Permit for Primitive Camping granted to the WMCC by Park Manager Bruce Divis, everyone enjoyed two special nights camped below the South Face.

Besides the camping privileges, great weather and wonderful climbing, other highlights of the weekend included Dr. Tesoro's Late-night Tales of Sickness and Adventure at the Fire Cave, the Rubber Brothers' Midnight Chair-climbing Challenge, and Captain Steve's Moonlit Caving Expedition.

The new parking lot was also put to good use, with morning and evening tailgate gatherings for coffee and beer.

Everyone had such a great time, that the WMCC will host a similar gathering this April. The first "Quartz Spring Fling" will take place April 6th and 7th. Local climbers are invited to attend. See "Events" on page 7 for more information.

EXPOSURE invites news items related to climbing at Quartz Mountain State Park.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

REFUGE UPDATE

WMCC, USFWS RENEW MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

On May 6, 2001, the Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service executed a new Memorandum of Understanding, which renews for a period of five years commitments made under the original MOU that was signed May 5, 1996.

The MOU recognizes the goals and purposes of the two organizations, and outlines the WMCC's commitments to providing assistance to the USFWS in managing rock climbing activity at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, as follows:

1) Providing guidance and assistance on rock climbing issues to the USFWS.
2) Organizing volunteer efforts for WMWR conservation projects.
3) Maintaining an Advisory Bolting Committee to assist the USFWS in managing fixed anchor activity.
4) Educating and informing the rock climbing community on issues regarding resource protection.

The WMCC looks forward to continuing its successful partnership arrangement with the USFWS, as we work together to protect the climbing resources and natural environment of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

CRAB EYES GRACES COVER OF NEW ACCESS FUND CLIMBING MANAGEMENT MANUAL

How successful has the USFWS' and WMCC's climbing management efforts been at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge? Just look at the cover of the Access Fund's new publication "Climbing Management: A Guide to Climbing Issues and the Production of a Climbing Management Plan" for the answer to that question. There, gracing the cover, is Hal Cantwell's color photograph of Tony Wilson climbing the route RA (5.11) on the Crab Eyes formation in the Charons Garden Wilderness Area.

While the photograph is a stunning depiction of the quality of climbing at the Refuge, that's not the main reason behind its selection for the cover of this nationally distributed resource on climbing management. It was chosen due to the fact that the USFWS' climbing management plan at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, as well as its successful partnership arrangement with the WMCC, is considered a national role model for climbing management.

CAMP DORIS UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

On December 31, 2001, Glynda and Larry Guthrie ended their long tenure as the contractor and hosts for Camp Doris. They have opted for retirement and the pursuit of other family interests.

A new five-year contract has been awarded to Jim and Carolyn Simmons. They will live on-site at Camp Doris and be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the campground. Group site reservations will continue to be handled through Refuge Headquarters, and all campground regulations remain the same.

Please take a few minutes on your next overnight trip to the Refuge to welcome the new campground hosts and offer your support on behalf of the WMCC and local climbing community.

UPGRADES UNDERWAY AT CAMP DORIS

Throughout the past year, Refuge maintenance staff have been working to upgrade water and sewer lines in Camp Doris. Work is currently underway for the installation of new electrical lines and outlets to Group Sites A and B, as well as to electrical sites #53 through #65 in Loop E. Similar electrical upgrades are planned for Loop B in the near future.

BRIDGE WORK SCHEDULED

Several bridge repair projects are scheduled to take place at the Refuge over the next few months. The work will include the widening of three bridges on Indiahoma Road (between Refuge Headquarters and Treasure Lake), replacing guardrail ends, and a variety of minor bridge repairs.

Work is to begin in February 2002, and is expected to be completed by June 2002, weather permitting. The road will not be closed during the projects, however delays are possible from time to time. Parking areas along the road may not be available when construction equipment is in use. Your patience is appreciated.

EXPOSURE invites news items related to climbing at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PROJECT UPDATE

WMCC SCHEDULES NARROWS TRAIL WORK

The WMCC has scheduled two days of trail work in the Narrows at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for 2002. The first work day will take place on Saturday, April 13th. The second day of work has been scheduled for Saturday, October 12th.

Volunteers will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Narrows trailhead at Boulder Cabin. Work will last until 3 p.m. All necessary tools will be provided. Volunteers need to bring work gloves, a water bottle, and a sack lunch.

Since 1995, the WMCC has organized numerous trail projects and provided thousands of hours of volunteer work to rebuild the Narrows Trail. Those efforts have resulted in scenic, user-friendly trail that minimizes impacts to Refuge resources. This years trail work schedule is part of an ongoing effort by the WMCC to maintain the improved condition of the Narrows Trail.

The key to success on projects like this is a good group of dedicated VOLUNTEERS! The WMCC encourages its members, or anyone else who would like to contribute, to volunteer your time to these important conservation efforts.

Please mark your calendars now and watch the WMCC website for additional information.

If you intend to participate, please return the enclosed Volunteer Form to the WMCC, or send an email with your name, address, phone number, and which dates you will be available for to:

volunteer@wichitamountains.org

Your support is appreciated!

BALDY POINT TRAIL PROJECT A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS

The ink had barely dried on the deed to Baldy Point when 24 enthusiastic volunteers showed up the weekend of April 7th and 8th, 2001 to take part in the WMCC's first trail project at Quartz. Thanks once again to a conservation grant from the Access Fund, trailbuilding expert Jim Angell made a return trip to Oklahoma from Oregon to oversee the project.

After years of declining visitation by climbers and a cessation of cattle grazing, Quartz had become quite overgrown. Much of the historic bouldering area had become a thorny thicket, and the original climbers trail was almost non-existent. But, the trail crews went to work clearing the overgrowth and breaking trail, and by the end of the day on Sunday, Quartz had a new trail system and some reclaimed boulder problems. The high point of the whole weekend, however, was the discovery and installation of a new foot-bridge.

Some of you will remember the narrow ravine the old trail crossed just past the boulder field leading to South America. Well, Jim Angell felt that area needed a foot-bridge. And not just any footbridge. It would need to be very sturdy and nearly 20 feet long to span the gully. A discussion ensued about building one, when Bruce Divis remembered there just happened to be one laying in the Park's storage yard. A quick trip to inspect the potential candidate yielded unexpected results. The bridge was a perfect 19 feet in length and in great condition. And, it wasn't just any bridge. As the story unfolded, it was learned that this bridge was solid redwood and had been built from the original Quartz Mountain State Park sign that for decades had greeted visitors at the highway turnoff. We had found what we were looking for. A very special bridge for a very special place. The next challenge was getting it to where it needed to go.

The bridge was delivered by truck to the parking lot Saturday morning. That was the easy part. The hard part was figuring out how to move it several hundred yards through the woods to its final destination. Jim Angell thought it would be an interesting challenge to have the volunteers carry it. The fact that it was nearly 20 feet long and weighed hundreds of pounds didn't convince him otherwise. So, with nothing more than wire cables, carabiners and pry bars serving as a lift, a dozen volunteers marched down the trail, bridge in hand.

Next came the technical part, precisely winching the bridge into place. Cables were connected, supports set, and the winching begun. Jim Angell proudly rode the bridge as it was slowly towed into place, and then performed a ceremonial dance to test its worthiness.

That afternoon, after the last of the trail work was completed, volunteers stared at the bridge in amazement, as it looked like it was perfectly built for that spot and had been there for years.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

WMCC NEWS

BOARD MEMBERS, ASSISTANTS, AND ADVISORY BOLTING COMMITTEE MEMBERS SELECTED

For the year 2002, the following persons have been selected to represent the interests of the climbing community and to further the goals of the WMCC:

Board of Directors:

Terry Andrews (Norman, OK)
Aaron Gibson (Tulsa, OK)
Marion Hutchison (Norman, OK)
Jimmy Forester (Dallas, TX)
John Ferguson (Dallas, TX)

Treasury Assistant:

Russell Hooper (Oklahoma City, OK)

Advisory Bolting Committee:

Jimmy Forester (Dallas, TX)
Tony Wilson (Lindsay, OK)
Eric Forney (Stillwater, OK)

Thanks to everyone for volunteering your time.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

ABC NEWS

TEMPORARY FIXED ANCHOR MORATORIUM IN CHARONS GARDEN CONTINUES

As reported previously, a temporary moratorium remains in place for new fixed anchors in the Charons Garden Wilderness Area pending the outcome of U. S. Forest Service and Department of Interior agencies reviews of fixed anchor policies in designated Wilderness Areas.

Please note, this action does not apply to the replacement of existing fixed anchors, thanks to Refuge Manager Sam Waldstein's continuing support for Refuge-wide replacement efforts.

For more information on the status of the national fixed anchor review process, please visit the Access Fund's website at:

www.accessfund.org

For more information on fixed anchor regulations and activity at the Refuge, please visit the "ABC" section of the WMCC website.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

INSIGHTS

No Place Like Home
By Marion Hutchison

I still remember the wonderful feeling of freedom and adventure that I experienced on my first climbing trip to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The year was 1976. Several friends and I had made the three-and-a-half hour drive from Tulsa in hopes of discovering some fabled granite climbing treasures.

It was just beginning to get light as we drove into the Refuge that morning, and we stopped briefly along the roadside at the visitor information pullout. A quick review of the only available brochure indicated little in the way of regulations:

1) Public Use area open year-round during daylight hours.
2) No fees or permits required.
3) Parking in designated areas only.
4) No alcohol or firearms.
5) Keep your distance; Bison and Longhorn are dangerous.

Sounded simple enough. Just get lost and enjoy yourself. But watch out for the Buffalo.

The only other useful information that we had that day was a copy of an old USGS topographic map of the Refuge. We had purchased it from an outdoor shop in Tulsa and had spent hours studying every line on it looking for any signs of the rumored cliffs. Our attention had quickly focused on the rugged and remote-looking region surrounding Mt. Lincoln, and we soon made the decision to begin our exploration there.

We continued the drive toward the heart of the Refuge, our eyes staring in amazement as the sun began to illuminate an ancient mountain range. We were the only souls on the road that day, and a sense of adventure began to fill us all.

The Fawn Creek parking lot was empty when we arrived. After a few minutes of loading our packs, we chose a line toward the distant rock faces on Mt. Lincoln and were on our way. Dry creek beds and the occasional game trail led us through oak forests, as we climbed higher towards the skyline. The trees soon gave way to large boulders and rock slabs, and before long we had discovered a myriad of steep walls and unclimbed possibilities. We spent the day immersed in a sea of climbing adventures. When we left that evening, the wildness we had experienced became a part of our spirits, calling us back to the Refuge year after year.

The routes we did that day still haven't been named, and they're not in any guidebook either. They remain just as we found them, waiting for others to wander upon and discover the magic.

The climbing world is a smaller place today than it was twenty-five years ago. Much has changed. The equipment, the rules, the crowds, and in many places the freedom and adventure. Look at Hueco Tanks. Reservations and fees to get in. Limits on the daily number of climbers. Accompaniment by an official park guide required. And, no new fixed anchor placements. Or, how about Enchanted Rock. There's a fee to get in there as well. That is, if you can get in. Arrive late, and the gates will be closed due to the limitation on daily visitors. Also, don't forget to leave your chalk at home. And that goes for your drill too.

Last May, I once again found myself driving into the Refuge in the early morning hours. The road was empty, and the now familiar silhouette of Mt. Scott filled the windshield as I stopped along the roadside to get a copy of the new Rock Climbing brochure. As we continued west toward the wildness, that wonderful feeling of freedom returned once again.

We arrived to an empty parking area at Sunset Pool, loaded our gear into our packs, and headed west into Charons Garden for another day of exploration and wilderness climbing adventure. As we hiked down the trail, I flipped through the pamphlet that I had picked up earlier that morning. Scanning the brochure, I recognized the same familiar regulations from years ago:

1) Public Use area open year-round during daylight hours.
2) No fees or permits required.
3) Parking in designated areas only.
4) No alcohol or firearms.
5) Keep your distance; Bison and Longhorn are dangerous.

And, a newer one:

6) Permit required to place fixed anchors.

Reasonable enough. We didn't have a drill with us anyway. Simply get lost and enjoy yourself. And so we did. Another fabulous day of seemingly endless freedom and wilderness climbing opportunities.

As I hiked back to the car that evening, I thought about my first trip to the Refuge more than twenty-five years earlier, and how we had almost lost climbing altogether just seven years ago. Fortunately, through it all, the freedom and adventure had remained. That's what we fought for. That's why we love the place.

At a time when many climbing areas have lost their sense of magic due to large crowds, over- bolted walls, and excessive regulation, we should all be especially thankful for the freedom and adventure that can still be found here at home.

Arrive early, arrive late; no reservations required. Come alone, come with friends; choose your own solitude. Travel on-trail, travel off-trail; the paths are limitless. Go hiking, go climbing; seek your own adventure.

Just remember, whatever you do, watch out for the buffalo.

EXPOSURE invites responsible "Insights" concerning climbing resource protection and conservation issues.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

CLASSIC LINES

Rap Bolters From Hell: A Classic Hard Line
By Aaron Gibson

Lost Dome, hidden deep within the confines of the Charons Garden Wilderness Area, is one of the premiere destinations for hard climbing at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The majority of the routes on Lost Dome are advanced lines (5.11-5.13), with an occasional 5.8 or 5.9 route interspersed. Here you will find some of the Refuge's most classic hard lines, such as Steep Show (5.11+), Drop Dead (5.11), Slime of the Century (5.11), Tied to the Whipping Post (5.13-), Lost My Religion (5.11+) and, my personal favorite, Rap Bolters From Hell (5.12).

Rap Bolters shoots up the middle of Lost Dome's steep, south face on orange granite streaked with flourescent yellow lichen. Thin horizontal edges, delicate footwork, long reaches and a tricky finish make this climb a classic. It's the kind of quality you'd like to find on every Wichitas climb.

Expecting to casually cruise through the opening moves of Rap Bolters could be a serious mistake. The first bolt is about 15 feet off the deck, the holds are deviously positioned and your footwork must be precise. A sudden slip before clipping the bolt would be painful. Unless you have cat-like landing skills, a pro-wrestler for a spotter, or are certain you won't fall, stick-clip the first bolt. Then, take a deep breath and prepare to crimp.

Once past the first bolt, climb thin edges, some a half-inch thick, some much smaller, and clip the second bolt. Next, a short series of ultra-thin edges brings you to the first "hard" moves, a side- step into a solid undercling and a long reach. There are different ways to make it through this section. You can stay left and reach for tiny crimpers until you can clutch the undercling, or you can move right immediately after the second bolt. Whichever way you choose, get through it quickly because the pump is about to attack!

Above the third bolt, find a thin pinch hold with your left hand, pull hard and high-step to reach a jug. This is the move most climbers consider the crux. Once past the pinch, the holds become larger, but your forearms tighten up and your breathing becomes labored. Clip the piton buried in the horizontal crack and shake-off the approaching pump.

Though the holds are better on the upper wall, the angle steepens considerably. Pull through this section, clip the last bolt and get ready for the final crux.

Find some positive holds on the lip of the upper wall where it meets the slab above, and then reach to a seemingly invisible sloping edge. If you are not nervous yet, you will be soon. Reach further for a better edge, that is, if you can find it, and use it to hoist your feet onto the slab. Now you are really feeling exposed. Don't look down at the bolt, just keep going up and right. And don't make THE mistake. It's easy to do. You think you're there, you think the next hold is good enough to make a little jump for, so you go for it...and you scrape-off for a 15-footer. Instead, stay focused and take the last moves cautiously. A couple of more slabby moves and you are at the anchors. Even if you have climbed the route a dozen times, you will still let out a sigh of relief when you reach the belay.

Getting to Lost Dome can be an adventure all its' own, especially if you are new to Charons Garden. It's easy to take the wrong trail if you're not careful. The best way to avoid getting lost is to go with a Wichitas veteran who's been there before. If that's not possible, here are some general directions to help you find the way:

Park at the west end of the Sunset Pool parking lot. That's the day-use area just west of Refuge Headquarters. It's also the northern trailhead for the Charons Garden Wilderness Area. From your car, hike west past the first set of rock-housed toilets, cross south over the steel footbridge, and continue west past another set of restrooms on your left. You will soon arrive at the official wilderness trailhead. Continue west through the trees on a well-developed trail. When you reach the first major creek crossing (dry most of the year, but likely a water crossing in the spring), go straight across the streambed, not left! Left takes you south towards Treasure Lake. This is where a lot of people get off-course. The trail going left along the creek looks so obvious that it's easy to miss the trail heading into the weeds on the opposite side of the streambed. Once across the creek, stay on the trail as it continues west and southwest. After a good 10-15 minutes of hiking, the trail becomes less defined and heads uphill towards a sizeable plateau. Once on top of the plateau, you will see the trail continuing west across a large, open field. Cross the field, drop down the west side of the plateau, and continue west. Soon you will see Crab Eyes on your left. Do not branch-off left here, but continue hiking west. The trail winds through scrub brush, and then opens to a clearing where you will see the "backside" of Lost Dome on your left. Hike southwest into the forest and find a trail that winds around the east side of Lost Dome and leads you to the south face. If you somehow get lost along the way... well, that's why they call it Lost Dome.

Though the approach to Lost Dome can be challenging, an ascent of Rap Bolters will make the hike well worth it. The quality of the granite, the style of the moves, and the height make this a great line for aspiring 5.12 climbers. Rap Bolters From Hell is Wichita Mountains granite at its finest.

EXPOSURE invites narratives and beta on classic climbs in the Wichitas.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

FROM THE BOARD

The Board would like to express its sincere appreciation to the members of the Advisory Bolting Committee, past and present, whose dedicated efforts help to insure that our rock resources and climbing opportunities at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge are protected.

Their invaluable work has not only provided us with the opportunity to seek out new lines and upgrade our aging bolts, it has also built a valuable trust and important working relationship with Refuge Management. Thanks to their selfless dedication, we have more climbing freedom at the Refuge than we would have otherwise.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

QUARTZ SPRING FLING

When: Saturday and Sunday, April 6th and 7th, 2002
Where: Baldy Point, Quartz Mountain State Park

You are invited to join local climbers for a weekend of climbing and comradery at Quartz.

Thanks to a Special Use Permit for Primitive Camping granted to the WMCC by Park Manager Bruce Divis, climbers will be able to camp on-site at Baldy Point for a minimal fee.

For more information, watch the WMCC website or contact us by email at:

wmcc@wichitamountains.org

NARROWS TRAIL WORK

When: Saturday, April 13th, 2002 and Saturday, October 12th, 2002
Where: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Meet: 9:00 a.m., Boulder Cabin

The WMCC needs enthusiastic volunteers for trail maintenance.

To volunteer your time, please return the enclosed Volunteer Form to the WMCC, or send an email with your name, address, phone number, and which dates you will be available to:

volunteer@wichitamountains.org

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

2001 PHOTO CONTEST WINNER

Congratulations to Glen Moore of New Albany, Indiana for his winning photograph "Quartz Sunset". Glen wins a one-year subscription to Climbing Magazine. Honorable mention goes to John Miller of Oklahoma City for his entry "Narrows Climber". Both photographs can be viewed on the WMCC website.

2002 ESSAY CONTEST

The WMCC is sponsoring a Climbing Essay contest, which is open to anyone who would like to contribute a short story for use in our newsletter and on our website.

Entries to the Essay Contest must be 750 words or less, typed-written, and fall under one of the following categories:

1) Tales from the Gripped: A narrative account of an epic climbing-related adventure in the Wichitas (including Quartz).

2) Flash from the Past: A narrative account of a memorable first ascent in the Wichitas (including Quartz).

Entry deadline for the contest is October 1st, 2002.

The winner will receive a one-year subscription to Climbing Magazine.

Please send your entry to:

WMCC
P. O. Box 721567
Norman, OK 73070-8207

or

wmcc@wichitamountains.org

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 
Dedicated to protecting the climbing resources and natural environment of the Wichita Mountains