Holy Swiss Ingenuity Batman!

30 06 2008

Check out this amazing video of a multi-pitch artificial route bolted onto the face of a Swiss dam.

Also, we checked out Dinosaur Valley and Big Rocks Park in Glen Rose this weekend. We’ll give you the full update soon.





Sunday Video Roundup

29 06 2008

So we’ve talked about Possum Kingdom before. Here’s a look of some cliff jumpers that will help give you an idea of what’s out there. If you survive the jump from Hell’s Gate and the drunken laughter of nearby boaters, but the rangers see you, you’ll definitely get busted. If you don’t live, they’ll probably charge your next of kin to search for your body.

For the record: IT IS PROHIBITED BY LAW TO JUMP FROM HEIGHTS GREATER THAN 20 FEET.  You’ve been warned!

These are not our videos, nor do we know whose they are.  They were found using Google.

Here’s another jump from the cliffs at the lake.

This is the same as the previous video, but from a different angle.





Build Your Own Wall

26 06 2008

By now that government stimulus check is probably burning a hole in your pocket. If you’ve not already spent it all filling up your SUV, consider building a garage climbing wall to get your fix.

Check out these sites for more info:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Garage-Climbing-Wall/

http://www.indoorclimbing.com/climbing_walls.html

http://www.metoliusclimbing.com/HowtoBuildaHomeBoulderingWall.pdf

And if you’re feeling really industrious, you can even make your own holds. The following are pretty interesting.

http://www.makehandholds.com/

http://www.alpinedave.com/misc/holds/hold_making.htm

Good luck….





Sunday Video Roundup

22 06 2008

Time for the Sunday Video Roundup. The first is of a beautiful 5.13 overhang somewhere in Austin. Pretty sure it’s Flat Creek, but don’t ask me how to get there because I’ve never been.

This next video comes from the great white north, home of such notables as William Shatner and the band Steppenwolf. Here’s Sonnie Trotter running through a campus routine. (We found it via SendAustin)





New Areas and State Land

17 06 2008

Its no secret that the state doesn’t exactly look favorably upon bolting any routes on public land. However, setting up a top rope or bouldering aren’t too big a deal as long as you use discretion and act responsibly.

We’ve been checking out parks in the vicinity and have run across a few places with obvious potential. One such place is Big Rocks Park, a city park in Glen Rose with what could be decent bouldering right on the Paluxy River.

http://flickr.com/photos/foneman30/2538722806/ (This flickr user has chosen not to allow embedded pics, so click the link.)

Another is Dinosaur Valley State Park, the park made famous for the dinosaur footprints embedded in the limestone riverbed.
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The limestone in these parks is the same that made Cleburne famous back in the day, and there’s gotta be more in the area. We’re hoping to do an exploratory trip in the next few weeks and we’ll let you know what we find. Feel free to beat us to the punch.





Sunday Video Roundup

15 06 2008

Some south of the border El Salto, Mexico dyno action.

Australia, Arapiles maybe?





Access Restricted

12 06 2008

Does anyone know the local contact for Access Fund? Their website lists an email address for a website that doesn’t exist.

It’d be nice to actually get someone working to reopen our most favorite local pile of choss, Paradise on the Brazos.

Heck, we’d be glad to take part in the efforts ourselves if anyone has any bright ideas.