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Recommendations for Climbing in Austin, TX

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I'm going to be in Austin, Texas for a week in the near future. Could someone recommend a couple nice areas to check out. Preferably not bouldering areas.

 

Also, I may go to Potrero for Christmas. Does anyone know the nearest place to take the bus too? Monterey doesn't seem to be on the "Dog's" list of destinations.

 

Thanks!

 

bill

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Enchanted Rock is probably your best bet. It's close to Austin, over in Fredericksburg. It's a Texas State Park. Granite, but there are sport climbs too. here's a pic northside.jpeg There should be plenty of info on the web, search for E Rock or Enchanted Rock.

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enchanted rock is worth a visit fersure. i like the runout old skool slabby things on the backside. thumbs_up.gif

totally bitchin rock. its what the captial building in austin is made of.

 

take omnibus from a texan border town to get to monterrey.

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Thanks will & lummox. I just emailed omnibus for some info. hopefully everything will work out.

 

bill

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FOR CLIMBING IN AUSTIN..

 

I BELIEVE THERE IS A PLACE CALLED BARTON SPRINGS...BOLTED LIMESTONE CRAGGING. I DONT KNOW WHERE IT IS OR ANYTHING NOR HAVE I BEEN THERE... BUT I SEEN SOME PICS!

 

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Although I'm from Austin, I didn't start climbing until I moved up here (except in the gym) so I can't vouch for any of these places in particular. I'll just tell you what I've heard when I was there. But your best bet is to find someone in the climbing section of REI there, or Whole Earth Provisions, or one of the rock gyms (South Austin Rock Gym, on the web) and ask for info.

 

Reimer's Ranch (1.5 hrs outside Austin) has 1 pitch type stuff (could be 2 pitch but I don't know), not sure whether it is bolted or trad or mix. Barton Creek Greenbelt (in the city limits) has some 1 pitch bolted stuff (limestone). You'll need a guide for either of these (cause I can't give specifics), which you could pick up at REI or Whole Earth Provisions. Enchanted rock (granite) as mentioned, has the goods. I have a topo map with routes and ratings for Enchanted rock I'll scan when I get home if you PM me and remind me. It's the same thing you get at the park visitor center when you go there.

 

I don't know of any other climbing there but there are books about climbing in and around Austin. I think there are numerous little bouldering areas but you said you weren't interested in that. Let me know if you need any other info on Austin in general.

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PS - don't miss a drive by the Governor's mansion and Capital building downtown so you can see where our great leader started it all.... wave.gif

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erik said:

FOR CLIMBING IN AUSTIN..

 

I BELIEVE THERE IS A PLACE CALLED BARTON SPRINGS...BOLTED LIMESTONE CRAGGING. I DONT KNOW WHERE IT IS OR ANYTHING NOR HAVE I BEEN THERE... BUT I SEEN SOME PICS!

its right in town. fukin famous swimmin hole too. pretty damp in winter. go for it anyhow. thumbs_up.gif

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willstrickland said:

Dustin_B said:

your best bet is to find someone in the climbing section of REI there...

 

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As funny as that sounds, its true. There is so little climbing there that any one in the climbing department will have beta.

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willstrickland said:

Dustin_B said:

your best bet is to find someone in the climbing section of REI there...

 

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shit...when i was in cali a few weeks back...one store...yes one store between the bay area and tahoe had at gear...and only two even knew what it was??

 

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Reimer's is great - limestone, bolted, 1 pitch.

 

There is a daily entrance fee (private land) but I think it is about 5 bux.

 

 

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erik said:shit...when i was in cali a few weeks back...one store...yes one store between the bay area and tahoe had at gear...and only two even knew what it was??

Dude-

Why'd you even stop between the bay area and tahoe? marmot in Berkley has the goods.

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CUZ MY FAMILY LIVES IN BETWEEN.

 

AND FUCK MARMOT AND TRIPLE FUCK THAT SHIT HOLE CALLED BERKLEY!

 

 

 

 

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erik said:

TRIPLE FUCK THAT SHIT HOLE CALLED BERKLEY!

I can agree with that - Marmot were among the first in the US to import AT gear though. Sorry to hear they live in between.

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they have a nice house and live in a nice area...i like it there other then air quality...

 

they are 1 hr from the mtns and 1.75 hours from the ocean...seems like a good place to be imho.

 

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Pencil_Pusher said:

Check out hippy hollow while you're in Austin. Good crack climbing. It's right by Lake Travis so afterwards you can sip a few at the oasis.

 

Yeah, I forgot to mention that place. It is a bit of a bush whack to get to though.

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