Mineral Wells Again

28 06 2009

Okay, quick update to the Mineral Wells Topo available on the TOPOS page.  This version should be much cleaner since I typed the route info instead of just writing on it.

Check it out and leave your thoughts in the comments.

Mineral Wells State Park Topo

26 06 2009

I was out at Mineral Wells recently to do some climbing.  It was then that I picked up a copy of the topo provided by the park.  It has a much better map than the drawings available in the guidebooks Texas Limestone II and Texas Limestone Bouldering.  However, the route grade info on the state park topo is extremely incomplete, so I decided to do a quick conglomeration of all available materials.   If you go to the TOPOS page, you can now download the official state park Topo with updated grade information.  More convenient than the guidebooks, more informative than TPWD, its the best of both worlds.

It’s not super neat/clean since the guide is a scan of a copy, but its a start.

Download it before your next trip.

Possum Kingdom Recap

14 06 2009

This is a post dedicated to all the people who search for “possum kingdom cliff jumping” everyday or some variation of that and end up here.

Please remember the following:

1) It is ILLEGAL to jump from heights ABOVE 20 ft.

2) You may, and probably will, hurt yourself if you jump from Hell’s Gate.

So, while there have been previous discussions of the relative merits about the limestone along this lake, the preceeding two points are what you need to remember.

Don’t be the jackass that causes problems for everyone else.

Erockonline.com for Sale

5 06 2009

Sean O’Grady, author of the definitive guidebook to Enchanted Rock climbing and proprietor of the related climbing forum Erockonline, is putting the website up for sale.  Hopefully a buyer will come along who is interested in maintaining one of the best sources of information regarding climbing not only at Erock, but also throughout Texas.

If you’re interested, check out the post here.

ClimbDFW Turns 1: Spotlight on Local Mutants

4 06 2009

Yesterday ClimbDFW hit its 1 year anniversary.  Honestly, I wasn’t sure it would make it this long simply due to the lack of available climbing around here, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised.  The site has a growing list of readers, information is being shared, and more local climbers are posting their adventures online.

Despite the aforementioned dearth of available climbing here, DFW still has its share of climbing mutants who are quickly making names for themselves in the national arena.  One of those is Ryan Roden, who took first in the Limestoner down at Reimer’s in March.

Should you be interested in reading up on Roden’s adventures, you can find his blog here : http://www.future-references.blogspot.com/

Be aware that in his journey toward the spotlight, the particular name he is attempting to adopt is the moniker “Future” so you won’t really see his actual name on that page so much. Don’t ask me what it means, because I don’t know.

In related but older news, Joe Kinder was also present for the Limestoner and wrote up a very nice piece praising central Texas limestone on his blog .  (Incidentally, Kinder also makes a reference to Roden, but in his particular case specifically refuses to call him “Future.”)