Lost Climbing of Texas

5 03 2012

Recently the Central Texas Mountaineers out of Austin held their monthly meeting where they discussed the “lost” crags of Texas, areas where climbing historically existed but to where access is tenuous or non-existent. The presentation was posted on Erockonline.com and you can view the slides HERE.

The author, Joel Schopp, is a CTM officer and Access Fund regional coordinator. He’s looking for a few good folks to champion specific crags to see if we can bring them back into the climbing fold.

Check out the link for some great info.


POB will NOT re-open.

18 01 2010

“Well Folks…Bad news for POB. The Land aquisition fell through with the new potential buyers who were willing to reopen to climbers. The land is going back up on the market and the fate of POB lies in the hands of whoever may purchase it in the near future. For now POB is closed to the public for climbing. Sorry to bear the bad news.”

Ryan Ray

BIG NEWS, maybe. The Return of Paradise on the Brazos

30 09 2009

A recent post on the Houston Climbers Meetup group says a couple people might be purchasing Paradise on the Brazos with the intent to reopen to all outdoor activities, including climbing.

I’m hoping this is true.  POTB isn’t the most amazing climbing in Texas, but its exponentially better than the other closest rock climbing, Mineral Wells.

Check out the post: http://www.meetup.com/Houston-Climbing/members/10505829/

Wichita Mountains Access Alert

28 01 2009

Read up on the details at www.wichitamountains.org

Access Fund says “Don’t Mess with Texas”

8 01 2009


A hearty congratulations to the Central Texas Mountaineers who are the recipients of the 2008 Adopt-a-Crag of the Year Award from the Access Fund.

The Cen-Tex folks work really hard at taking care of their crags, working with local government and community leaders to ensure that access is enjoyed by all.

Heart of Stone – HD on Vimeo

13 12 2008

A video from the Southeast Climber’s Coalition about gaining access to private property courtesy of the Abilene climbers.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Heart of Stone – HD on Vimeo“, posted with vodpod

Texas and the rest of the world….

8 08 2008

There’s a post over at Erockonline that’s discussing the finer points of Texas climbing when compared to other more notable locales (Hueco Tanks excluded). Someone inevitably mentioned the abundance of rock in the state but with the caveat of difficult access due to remoteness and private property.

It really got me thinking about the Pecos River, near Del Rio. There’s already some great climbing on the Continental Ranch, and there used to be climbing right near the Hwy 90 Bridge/Amistad Reservoir Boat Ramp. Of all the places in Texas, the Pecos has probably the best potential for tall limestone climbing. Sure there are some nice crags tucked away here and there in the hill country, and even some taller cliffs like Camp Eagle, but the Pecos has miles and miles of uninterrupted cliff-line as tall as 300+ feet. If any of that barren land ever made it into the public domain and was available for climbing, Del Rio might become more than a border town with an Air Force base and a bass fishing problem.

These photos, taken from the lookout at the Hwy 90 bridge over the Pecos, will give you an idea of what’s out there. The bridge is around 275 feet tall. If you’re interested in climbing photos go to www.pecosriverrockclimbing.com

View of Pecos River from Hwy 90 Bridge

View of Pecos River from Hwy 90 Bridge

More Pecos Cliffs

More Pecos Cliffs