Oklahoma climbing: Quartz Mountain Spring Gathering is April 5-7

Quartz Mountain, also known as Baldy Point.

Quartz Mountain, also known as Baldy Point.

It’s safe to say that Oklahoma is not known as one of the climbing centers if the country, but that belies the fact that there is excellent climbing and bouldering in the Wichita Mountains near Lawton.

One of the prime spots is Quartz Mountain, sometimes known as Baldy Point. Multi-pitch trad routes await on this granite wall that rises out of nowhere on the southwestern Oklahoma prairie.

It’s also the spot for the Quartz Mountain Spring gathering, which is happening April 5-7.

Work is going to keep me from being there, but if you’re in Oklahoma or north Texas and want to get your climb on with a cool crowd, make a weekend of it.

I was reading on a Facebook page for this event a few things that are good to know. Camping is $3 per person per night. There are showers nearby. Camping is pretty much right at the foot of the mountain, so there is a minimal approach and immediate access to a whole bunch of routes to try.

Some more information, this straight from that Facebook page:

Help us protect this pristine area and the privilege to gather here by minimizing your impacts. Please disperse your tent sites, make use of the restroom facilities, and carry-out all trash. By doing so, you will insure that Baldy’s natural resources are protected and that the Park continues to grant the climbing community a special use permit for future events.

Also, please note Quartz Mountain Nature Park’s rules and regulations for the event:

1) No liquor or drugs. Beer is permitted.
2) No firearms.
3) No mountain bikes.
4) No campfires.
5) No tree cutting or trimming.
6) Pets must be on a leash at all times.
7) Barbecue grills are permitted in the parking lot.
8) Bivying and tent camping are permitted 100′ east of the parking lot.
9) Sleeping in your vehicle is permitted.
10) Carry-out and dispose of all trash and waste.

If you want to know more about this event or the Wichita Mountains Climbing Coalition, check out this site. If you have the time and the urge, you should definitely check it out, and maybe do a little exploring in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge while you’re at it. I’m not kidding when I tell you this area is chock full of excellent hiking, climbing and wildlife viewing opportunities.

For more information about Quartz Mountain, as well as directions to get there, go to this link. Enjoy!

Bob Doucette

On Twitter @RMHigh7088

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