TPW TV: Collegiate Climbers

Rock climbing in Texas

Rock climbing in Texas


This is Passport to Texas

To these University of Texas at Austin students, climbing to the top takes hard work, but in the end, it’s about fun.

04— I’m Will Butcher; I’m Christina Nguyen; I’m Zephyr Suerte Lutz-Carrillo, and I’m a member of the UT Rock Climbing Team.

They are all members of the team, and you’ll meet them in a segment on the PBS Texas Parks and Wildlife TV series next week.

05— I enjoy rock climbing because it’s really just you and the rocks; so, it’s very meditative in that sense.

Collegiate climbing didn’t exist until this guy came along:

13— I’m John Myrick, the head coach of the climbing team at the University of Texas. Collegiate climbing didn’t exist until 2008 when I started the pilot series here in Texas. And in 2009, the
nationwide collegiate climbing series was born.

During the TV segment, watch these climbers compete against other schools on an indoor rock climbing course.

13— Whenever you see your teammate on the wall, just cheering them on; because that, really, is what helps them get to the top. You push a little further – maybe it’s to the top, maybe it’s not –
but you definitely get a second wind by them cheering you on and having your back.

Find out how the UT Climbing team did at the most recent collegiate championships, next week on the PBS Texas Parks and Wildlife TV show.

Check your local listings.

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

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