May 11, 2012, 10:49 AM
Registered: May 11, 2012
I just got back from Arkansas last night...Sam's, Cave Creek, Candy Mountain, Stack Rock. The ticks were plentiful but tolerable at Sam's and the other high traffic areas, but if you are at all worried about ticks you may want to skip Stack. The trails are pretty overgrown and I literally pulled hundreds of ticks off myself and my dog. That said, the climbing is good and you wont see anyone else out there. Also there was unbelievable amounts of unavoidable poison ivy, so if you're allergic much, you will surely be itching red. Once again, the ivy was plentiful at the other areas, but tolerable if you're not too allergic. I don't want to discourage you from this cool place, but this is the reality. The drive to Stack was actually not as confusing as expected (with help from the guidebook). Similar to the drive out to Cowell/Fountain Red if you've been out there. Unmarked dirt roads.
Also, I guess this thread is a few years old, but I thought people, at least climbers, still knew better than to be using DEET. Google DEET please. Try that Lemongrass oil, I've heard good things, or just be a man.
(This post was edited by cdd on May 11, 2012, 10:54 AM)