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Re: Wichita Mountains-Oklahoma

Postby Shawnee Bob » Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:02 pm

Workin on it! A side note: If you're good with slabby granite rock, the Wichitas make for awesome trad climbing.
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Re: Wichita Mountains-Oklahoma

Postby MtHurd » Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:48 pm

Wichitas are the prettiest in June, which is also the hottest month. I did a traverse from Elk to Lincoln when the temp was 106. I'll post a pic or two tonight.

I've never seen a snake and I've probably been there at least 20 different times.
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Re: Wichita Mountains-Oklahoma

Postby Aug_Dog » Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:50 pm

Barry Raven wrote:Wichitas are the prettiest in June, which is also the hottest month. I did a traverse from Elk to Lincoln when the temp was 106. I'll post a pic or two tonight.


106!? That's not hot!
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Re: Wichita Mountains-Oklahoma

Postby MtHurd » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:02 pm

That was the official temp for that day. 6 feet above the granite was much hotter!

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Re: Wichita Mountains-Oklahoma

Postby Aug_Dog » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:46 pm

Barry Raven wrote:That was the official temp for that day. 6 feet above the granite was much hotter!


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Re: Wichita Mountains-Oklahoma

Postby MtHurd » Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:36 pm

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Re: Wichita Mountains-Oklahoma

Postby OklahomaMountainMan » Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:41 pm

I absolutely love the Wichitas. Easily one of the best areas in the state for hiking, climbing, and camping. I haven't seen many snakes out there but I tend to avoid SW Oklahoma during the summer months; the heat is always way more brutal there than in OKC. Plus you can't beat a Meers burger after a long day of climbing!

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Re: Wichita Mountains-Oklahoma

Postby Shawnee Bob » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:58 pm

Barry: Those are great photos! Your shot of Mt. Mitchell is signature. I haven't seen a snake yet, either, but my friend Johnny has a couple times.

As far as heat goes, it always seems to peak around July/August. You can still get some nice days in June. But I'm betting this summer is going to be another scorcher, seeing how mild and dry it's been this winter.

Oklahoma Mountain Man: +1 in the Meers Burger. Simply awesome.

Want to do some backcountry camping there right about now...
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Re: Wichita Mountains-Oklahoma

Postby apasquel » Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:23 am

I can't believe you guys haven't run into those snakes...I can't tell you how many time i've walked over a boulder and hear that "rattle" sound...you just dont get used to that sound. I was on the back of the Elk Slabs one Late Spring afternoon with my wife and as we were approaching the route, I came within striking distance...he didn't back away...so we did not climb that day.

I once ran into a moccoasin out there...I was really surprised to see him out there. He just stared at us and got back in the water...

I would say, most of my encounters with the snakes have been on climbing trails or off trail...

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Re: Wichita Mountains-Oklahoma

Postby MtHurd » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:47 am

There is some pretty cool stuff way back in the corner of the wilderness. There are some potential climbing routes back there too. One of my bushwhacking adventures took me up and back down Mitchell Canyon past Charons Garden Mountain, then summitted Pt. 1860, Pt. 1928, then a rough bushwhack across Mt. Mitchell Massif to the true summit. There are about 5 other points on the massif that I want to get out to some day. Mitchell Massif is quite big.

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Re: Wichita Mountains-Oklahoma

Postby Shawnee Bob » Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:40 pm

It is. There are so many cool aspects to that mountain. Learned a few things on it.

There are some interesting looking minor peaks near Sunset Peak, too. I'm hoping, however, to go get Twin Rock soon. It looks like it might be a fun day.
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Re: Wichita Mountains-Oklahoma

Postby Aug_Dog » Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:22 pm

My first real experience doing any scrambling with some exposure was in the Wichitas ...
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