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.





Texas Climbing iPhone App

27 07 2011

Apple fanboys rejoice for a new iPhone app, Texas Rocks Lite, is taking shape with all some of your favorite central Texas limestone climbs.

http://itunes.apple.com/app/texas-rocks-lite/id449779655?mt=8

A full version with pretty much everything Austin has to offer is in the works.





Dallas Sandstone?

30 05 2011

Correction, make that sandstone near-ish to Dallas.  Courtesy of the Five-Ten Climbing Blog, Ian Dory spills the beans about a new top secret crag within 2 hours drive of Dallas.

“…Jared & Ben have also been developing this new area 2 hours from Dallas (sorry to be vague BUT the location is a bit of a secret.) Well needless to say its a GOLDMIND- really an undeveloped HP40 with unbelievable fields of sandstone boulders.”

More than likely, this means another secret crag available only to an elite few and/or trespassing on someone else’s land where you’ll be chased off by the gun owning landowner or subject to criminal penalties.  And 2 hours drive puts you in Oklahoma, so who knows where it really is.  Sigh.

But here’s hoping that this area continues to develop into a public friendly climbing area for any and all regional climbers.  We need it.

 





Hueco Tanks MOU Update

25 03 2011

Jamie McNally, Access Fund Board of Directors Vice President, just posted the new Hueco Tanks Memorandum of Understanding signed between Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Climbers of Hueco Tanks Coalition. Information contained within the MOU deals with the maintenance of anchors on roped climbs, and a prohibition of new sport routes.

Read all of the info at Erockonline.com, where McNally is an active contributor.





Lake Brownwood Guidebook

22 03 2011

Brought to you by Abilene Climbers, the very first published guide for the Lake Brownwood rocks.  Its a great little crag if you ever find yourself in the area, and any kind of effort to document and promote any Texas climbing is a worthwhile endeavor. Outstanding job gentlemen!

Click on the pic to go to the PDF they uploaded.  Then stop by their page and say thanks for a job well done.





Camp Eagle Climbing Weekend

8 03 2011

Camp Eagle, in the hill country, recently held a climbing event in conjunction with the USA Track and Field 50 mile national champion ship trail run they hosted this past weekend. All in all it was a great weekend, though the climber turnout was a little on the low side.  There was supposed to be a healthy sized contingent of Austin climbers headed out, but most bailed.

While I’m waiting for a few photos from the AbileneClimbers who made it out, I thought I’d post a video of Scott Chapman climbing the 5.12+ Say Yes To Jimi.  If you’re looking for spectacular filming, look elsewhere, but if you’re looking for a simple video showing the potential of what’s out at Camp Eagle, continue watching.

And here’s a nice aerial view of the property and beautiful cliff line that someone filmed from a remote control plane.





Upcoming Events

22 10 2010

The 19th annual Granite Gripper at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is tomorrow!  Go out and enjoy Texas’ longest running climbing comp.

Also, a crew of Brownwood locals is hosting an Adopt-a-Crag at the Lake Brownwood climbing area on November 6. Check out Abilene Climbers for more info.