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cngilchrist


Jan 19, 2009, 4:58 PM
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E-rock/reimers  (North_America: United_States: Texas: South_Central_Texas)
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Does anyone know if these places have areas to learn sport climbing? Been bouldering for awhile and trying to make it over to do some sport.


acorneau


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Yes, they do.

Not a good idea to figure it out yourself, get someone who knows what they're doing to show you.

Austin Greenbelt is another great place to learn, with several easy (5.6) leads available and groups of Austin climbers out there willing to teach noobies.

Check out the forum at: http://www.erockonline.com/


kachoong


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Yeah, there's a few relatively easy climbs at Seismic Wall in the Greenbelt and also on Dead Cats Wall at Reimers.

E-Rock is not a place to consider learning sport climbing.


justroberto


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kachoong wrote:
E-Rock is not a place to consider learning sport climbing.

Sure it is; they just need to let us know when they're going so we can watch. The gumby antics were freaking hilarious this weekend...


cngilchrist


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Yeah I am going to try to find a guide to take me and one of my friends


justroberto


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cngilchrist wrote:
Yeah I am going to try to find a guide to take me and one of my friends

Very good. Check out Mountain Madness and Rock-About for central Tejas climbing. If you're not looking to pay for a guide, buyer beware. There are a ton of knowledgeable climbers in Centex, but for every one of those there are 2 or 3 jackasses who know just enough to be dangerous to themselves and the people around them. As has been mentioned in another recent thread, if you don't already know the difference between the two, it will be hard for you to figure it out on your own. Chances are, the "totally psyched" guy at the gym who offers to take you out will be of the latter variety.


kachoong


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justroberto wrote:
kachoong wrote:
E-Rock is not a place to consider learning sport climbing.

Sure it is; they just need to let us know when they're going so we can watch. The gumby antics were freaking hilarious this weekend...

Laugh Always good to watch... hopefully they're learning something at the same time... and without incident.


justroberto wrote:
cngilchrist wrote:
Yeah I am going to try to find a guide to take me and one of my friends

Very good. Check out Mountain Madness and Rock-About for central Tejas climbing. If you're not looking to pay for a guide, buyer beware. There are a ton of knowledgeable climbers in Centex, but for every one of those there are 2 or 3 jackasses who know just enough to be dangerous to themselves and the people around them. As has been mentioned in another recent thread, if you don't already know the difference between the two, it will be hard for you to figure it out on your own. Chances are, the "totally psyched" guy at the gym who offers to take you out will be of the latter variety.

Good advice...

cngilchrist... unless you can find someone you can trust, an organized group would be best.


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cngilchrist


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thanks guys


musicman1586


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kachoong wrote:
Yeah, there's a few relatively easy climbs at Seismic Wall in the Greenbelt and also on Dead Cats Wall at Reimers.

E-Rock is not a place to consider learning sport climbing.

I think that's all a matter of perspective. Yeah, E-Rock is run out in a vast collection of the bolted routes, but lots of climbers "grew up" in old-school places where the only type of sport routes are ground-up bolted, run out, and not bolted like a gym. That's the way things are done and were done in lots of places around the world, and beginners just started off on a different foot than many climbers in Austin did. There is not a reason at all that you can't learn how to sport climb out at E-Rock, and if you start there and are learn to be comfortable leading such pitches, you'll have an easy time climbing in other areas (Yosemite for example) where you might easily encounter similar run outs. Clipping a bolt is clipping a bolt, doesn't matter if it is 5 feet apart of 50. I'd even say that depending on what gumbies are out there that day, you might be safer on a run out slab than around dead cat's, as I've lost count of the number of times I've seen people almost deck, back flip, back clip several draws in a row etc. the amount of disinformation going around some of the groups out there frightens me.

Anyways, to get some extra info check out the Austin Climbers yahoo group, it is just a forum of people that post up when they are going out basically. Go on there, tell them you are new to roped climbing and I'm sure there will be lots of responses of people willing to let you tag along for the day and teach you what you need to know. I'm still down from sickness, so I probably won't be out this weekend, but there's always people out at Reimer's and the Greenbelt.


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