Caving – climbing’s underground doppelganger

10 06 2008

One of the cool parts about the Texas Hill Country is the abundance of caves throughout the region. If you’re a fan of climbing/rappelling and don’t mind dirty confined spaces, then caving may be a good fit. Check out the following groups to get involved:

DFW Grotto – DFW – http://www.dfwgrotto.org
Maverick Grotto – Ft. Worth – http://www.maverickgrotto.org
Cowtown Grotto – Ft. Worth – http://www.cowtowngrotto.org

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Join the Club

10 06 2008

Most of you are probably familiar with DFW’s Texas Mountaineers. What you may not know about is the Texins Outdoor Club, an outdoor club sponsored by Texas Instruments. You don’t have to be an employee of TI to join. If you’re interested in outdoor activities in addition to climbing, this could be the club for you.

Tonight is their monthly meeting at REI. Texas Instruments employee Philippe Gatta is sharing about his experiences climbing the Seven Summits.

7:00PM REI Dallas





Sunday Video Roundup

8 06 2008

Check out these two great videos. The first is a highlight reel of the Granite Gripper, the classic climbing comp held at Enchanted Rock every fall. The second is the greatest free solo video we’ve ever seen. Unfortunately its not from Texas.






Friday’s Parting Thought

6 06 2008

Not particularly climbing related, but great none the less.

From our friends in the bicycling world:

Public Service Announcement





So this is Hell’s Gate?

4 06 2008

First things first: wordpress seems to be messing with some of the formatting, so we apologize for any weirdness with the page right now. We’re working on getting everything fixed.

Now onto the climbing….

Should you ever find yourself at the oddly named Possum Kingdom Lake northwest of Fort Worth, prepare to be amazed. The lake has amazingly high limestone cliffs great potential for sport routes or DWS. However, as with most locations in Texas, the cliffs either belong to the government or are in the private hands of the wealthy. Either way, the rule of the day is STAY OFF.  Jumping from heights above 20 is prohibited, as is climbing or rappelling on Brazos River Authority lands.

This picture is of the area known as Hell’s Gate. It opens to a secluded cove that’s typically occupied by drunk college students, or those who wish they were still drunk college students.

This pic shows some of the amazing potential found along the shores of the lake. If only the McMansions weren’t occupying the top.





Hello DFW!

3 06 2008

This is a blog to connect climbers from the DFW metroplex.  We’ll be up and running over the course of the next few weeks!