Panhandle Love

29 10 2009

Amarillo is a good 7-8 hours away from DFW, but they finally have a climbing gym to call their own, so I’m giving them some recognition:

Amarillo Rock Climbing House – A.R.C.H.

Congrats everyone. Keep up the good work.

Climbing Festivus and Adopt-A-Crag

24 10 2009

So the Granite Gripper sounds like it was another great success.  All the info you could ever want is posted at erockonline.

For those that missed but that still want to take part in a great climbing weekend, check out Camp Eagle’s Climbapalooza coming up Dec 5-6.

Everytime they host an event you can be sure its going to be awesome.  The adventure races and mountain bike races they host out there are consistently ranked as top in the state, but for some reason the climbing community as a whole has been a little slow getting the point.

Prolific central Texas new-route-gurus  Tommy Blackwell, Dave Cardosa, Scott Harris, Greg Brooks, Tom Suhler, Luke Bowman, and Evan Jackson have all put up routes out there.  (You’ll see their names on many a route in Austin Rock and other area guidebooks.)

2-3 hours from Austin/San Antonio, 5ish from DFW.  You can pitch a tent, or rent a cabin, or bring an RV.  You can enjoy the river, the cliffs, the mountain bike trails, and more.  Think of it as a limestone version of Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, only in Texas.

All that to say: GO CLIMB AT CAMP EAGLE.

Here’s a quick lo-fi video of the latest 5.13 traverse put up out there:

Abilene Climbers Roadtrip Recap

15 10 2009

Eric, who maintains the blog Abilene Climbers and who is responsible for a lot of work and development at Lake Brownwood, posted a weekend recap of his recent trip to Camp Eagle and some of the taller limestone routes in Texas.  Check out his post for pics and more.

Still no word on P.O.B.

Caldwell wins 24 Hours of Horseshoe

9 10 2009

Our brethren to the northeast are really making a name for Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, the epitome of southern sandstone sport and bouldering.  The annual 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell climbing competition is really making a name for itself as well.  24 hours to complete as many routes as you can.

Last year it drew the likes of Sonnie Trotter, and this year Tommy Caldwell tried his hand at the comp and destroyed everyone.  Check out a recap by Oklahoma’s Andy Chasteen

In other news:  Still no word on Paradise on the Brazos.  I’ve sent messages and emails to other parties who seem to be involved, but no response thus far.

The Return of Paradise on the Brazos Part TWO

5 10 2009

Posted on

hi this is jordanna jones and we are looking into buying pob we are hoping to close on or around the middle of this month we are going to open it back up. we dont know anything about rock climbing so if yall would help fill us in we would appr. give us a call or email me at or look us up at thanks looking foward to meeting everyone”

I have initiated contact at the provided email, and eagerly await a reply.  We’ll see what happens.