It's been quite a while since I have made a new post on here, and I do apologize! As we all know, life can definitely get in the way of our climbing careers and this last year was just one thing after another. Not that it was a bad year overall... Just a very busy one!
I finally decided on a major and minor, moved out, learned to fend for myself in the world (kind of), and have had a blast as an Uber driver. I'm pretty sure somewhere in all of that is the definition of a modern Renaissance Man.
Besides all of those things though... The biggest chunk of my time has been working at the newly built climbing gym in Norman, Climb Up! I had the privilege of working there from the beginning of the construction phase, through opening day, through the first comp, and still into today. It's a phenomenal place to climb, and if you're anywhere in the greater OKC area, you should definitely check it out. You can visit the webpage for pricing and other info by following this link: Climbupgym.com
First off, this blog is nowhere near being a comprehensive list of the Refuge's overall bouldering. I have a lot of post's I will be adding in the preceding weeks with new areas and content. As well as, better maps and directions for some of the older areas listed here. These posts should help to answer some questions I've had about certain existing areas and make it easier to find the areas. I'm also working on the first ever bouldering exclusive guidebook to the Refuge, which will include all of the problems you have seen in the blog. Maps and plenty of other information about Refuge camping, etiquette, etc... will also be provided.
I will most likely not take another trip to the refuge until September due to the recent scorching heat, which is sure to last through August. If you do decide to go to the Refuge this summer though, make sure to bring plenty of water, and sunscreen. I have learned my lesson the hard way in both of those categories. The Refuge is a wonderful place to climb, but its size and remoteness can be a danger to anyone not prepared for the weather on a given day. That's all I have for now guys, stay safe!