Bouldering April 2013

April 12-14, 2013
by Nicholas Chatto

Bouldering Campout

Bruise after bruise; boulder after boulder. Climbing Mount Scott at the Wichita Falls Wildlife Reserve proved to be a challenge, but as soon as we reached the top it was all worth it.

Approximately 45 scouts and adults left Friday evening at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 12, 2013 for the four hour car ride to the Wichita Mountains in Lawton, OK. Upon arrival, we quickly set up our tents and rainflies and went to sleep at approximately midnight. The morning came with surprises of mild temperatures and delicious cinnamon rolls!

We took off by car for Mount Scott after breakfast, making good time for arrival. The troop set off to climb Mount Scott, and after 5 minutes everyone found their pace groups. Everyone arrived at the top at around 11:30. We celebrated the climb with a lunch with a spectacular mountain top view. Somehow even sandwiches and chips seemed like a gourmet meal after the long climb!

After riding down by car from the mountain top, we headed back to our campsite, so we could do what we pleased. Some people rushed off to explore around our campsite, while others found it necessary to rest for a while. We finished off the evening with skits and also thorns, buds, and roses. The morning proceeded as any normal campout morning: cook, pack up, police line, and Scouts Own. We made it out at a reasonable time, but the drive back would be a long one, but I know for a fact that bouldering rocked!

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