Archive for the 'Rock Climbing' Category

Rock On: Because You Can

Monday, February 15th, 2016
Learning to rock climb.

Learning to rock climb.

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Brad Bell doesn’t think twice when you ask him why anyone would climb a rock.

Why would someone wanna…Because a it’s there (laugh)…

The Austin resident teaches the sport of rock climbing. He says although you don’t need rock-hard abs to climb — before you attempt this sport — a little weight training may be in order first…

Upper body strength is good and leg strength is even more of a plus. (Nat sound) “There ya go…push your hand and then move your hand up to the next one…there ya go (screams) pull on up…good!

And even though rock climbing offers climbers a feeling or solitude, it’s critical – whether you’re a novice or a seasoned climber — never go alone.

You should always have team partners… because you have to have a partner to help you belay and help you repel down and basically it’s a team effort all the way up.

Four Texas state parks offer rock climbing: Enchanted Rock, north of Fredericksburg, Hueco Tanks, just north of El Paso, Caprock Canyons southeast of Amarillo and Lake Mineral Wells.

Find your next climbing adventure on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Website.

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For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Resolve to do Something That Scares You

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014


Rappelling at Tom Mays Unit Franklin Mountains

Rappelling at Tom Mays Unit Franklin Mountains

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Hard to believe, but another new year is just days away. Karen Zimmerman who coordinates the Texas Parks and Wildlife State Park Ambassador program offers a couple of suggestions to help you connect with the outdoors and yourself in 2015.

44—If you’re not getting outside try to go outside – even if it’s just walking outside. It’s amazing the benefits that that can bring to our mind. If you need to think on a problem, you should just let it marinate in your head while you walk amongst some trees. But, if you’re already into the outdoors recreation somewhat, and you want to take it a step further, I think the best resolution you can make to yourself is to try something that scares you. Because, there were so many things that I thought I just wasn’t tough enough to do – like repelling. And you might cry a little bit while you do it, but then afterwards you are going to feel so good. And, there is nothing in the world that can boost your confidence for months than undertaking something that scares you like that – and succeeding – because it’s actually not that hard, and you don’t need to be in that great of shape to do most of these outdoor activities.

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For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.