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jcornwall
Hi :)

I'm Jay (<- that's me over there), a newbie climber in South Austin. I started out just yesterday on SARG's 101 course with a friend. By the end of the evening our class of three had free climbed two (gym) 5.7s and a V0 (also about 5.7). My little achievement may pale in the grand scheme, but it made me proud. :D

A little about me, then. I'm a 29 year-old British expat, originally from London. Had a great opportunity to move out to Austin last year. Ending up near such great rock was a fortunate accident. I jogged for a few years in London's royal parks before finding a love for hiking, which I continued into hill country from my first few days in Texas. I stumbled on Enchanted Rock by a chance recommendation from a colleague, and instantly fell in love with it. I've been back about 15 times! On my first visit I saw climbers - Mountain Madness, I think, from recollection - and knew in my heart it was what I wanted to do.

It took some time to get settled into my home and a new job. Spent the last few weeks reading up on climbing (started with Luebben's book), browsing through different forums, and watching introductory videos on technique. I felt like a giddy child about to embark upon a new adventure. I wasn't disappointed. :)

My evening started in spectacular fashion. A thunderstorm was momentarily knocking out lights in the gym, to dramatic effect. That evening I found that my physical shape wasn't a limiting factor, yet, though I did break a good sweat on the wall. Did my best to maintain the good technique our instructor was teaching. The mental challenge is what surprised me the most. About 20 ft up the second 5.7 my mind was firmly saying "there is no way forwards". Instinct was to quit right there, but I wanted to give it everything and at least try. Somehow I pulled off a high step on a small hold (probably huge for you guys) and sent that baby free.

The point of my rambling introduction is that I'd love to meet more of Austin's climbing community. I'll be at SARG three days a week (evenings/weekends are good), getting the basics down and refining them. My climbing partner has a family up in Round Rock and can't meet a schedule quite that aggressive. We'll TR when we can but if you'd like to help a newbie out - kind of like climbing community service :) - and hopefully make a new friend, keep an eye out for the guy with a confused look and funny accent. When the time's right, I'm 100% up for hitting real rock with experienced climbers.
serlucasp
hi john! welcome to austin!

there are lots of groups where people post when they're climbing at some of the local walls. Pete Bishop moderates austin_climbers@groups.yahoo.com. They used to meet every Tuesday / Thursday Noonish til Duskish at New Wall before it closed. I'm sure they'll start back up again when it reopens. As of now, it's good for info on whats going on around austin day to day and for meeting people at reimers on weekends.

there are also a couple of facebook groups. climbers of austin is one. there is another that has a lot of seismic climbers on it, but i forget the name.

You should check out Seismic Wall on Barton Creek as well as Gus Fru. both walls generally have people at them if you're short a belayer. gus fru also has a great traverse bolder problem across the bottom of it and you can spend all day on it and never get more than 2 feet off the ground.

cheers!

lucas p


QUOTE (jcornwall @ Jul 10 2012, 06:11 AM) *
Hi :)

I'm Jay (<- that's me over there), a newbie climber in South Austin. I started out just yesterday on SARG's 101 course with a friend. By the end of the evening our class of three had free climbed two (gym) 5.7s and a V0 (also about 5.7). My little achievement may pale in the grand scheme, but it made me proud. :D

A little about me, then. I'm a 29 year-old British expat, originally from London. Had a great opportunity to move out to Austin last year. Ending up near such great rock was a fortunate accident. I jogged for a few years in London's royal parks before finding a love for hiking, which I continued into hill country from my first few days in Texas. I stumbled on Enchanted Rock by a chance recommendation from a colleague, and instantly fell in love with it. I've been back about 15 times! On my first visit I saw climbers - Mountain Madness, I think, from recollection - and knew in my heart it was what I wanted to do.

It took some time to get settled into my home and a new job. Spent the last few weeks reading up on climbing (started with Luebben's book), browsing through different forums, and watching introductory videos on technique. I felt like a giddy child about to embark upon a new adventure. I wasn't disappointed. :)

My evening started in spectacular fashion. A thunderstorm was momentarily knocking out lights in the gym, to dramatic effect. That evening I found that my physical shape wasn't a limiting factor, yet, though I did break a good sweat on the wall. Did my best to maintain the good technique our instructor was teaching. The mental challenge is what surprised me the most. About 20 ft up the second 5.7 my mind was firmly saying "there is no way forwards". Instinct was to quit right there, but I wanted to give it everything and at least try. Somehow I pulled off a high step on a small hold (probably huge for you guys) and sent that baby free.

The point of my rambling introduction is that I'd love to meet more of Austin's climbing community. I'll be at SARG three days a week (evenings/weekends are good), getting the basics down and refining them. My climbing partner has a family up in Round Rock and can't meet a schedule quite that aggressive. We'll TR when we can but if you'd like to help a newbie out - kind of like climbing community service :) - and hopefully make a new friend, keep an eye out for the guy with a confused look and funny accent. When the time's right, I'm 100% up for hitting real rock with experienced climbers.

superclimber
Welcome to your new addiction.
jcornwall
Lots of gym training and friend making later, today I popped my cherry at Reimers. :)

On Dead Cats I flashed Scott's Pelotas (5.8) on TR, finished Hello Kitty (5.10a) with one hang on TR, then flashed my first ever lead on Clawing Zoe (5.6 with a 5.7 topout). On Prototype I finished 8 Flake (5.8) on TR with one hang on the crux, then lead the same route with one short fall (again on the crux), clipped everything perfect.

The view from that top-out is pretty sweet. I'm totally hooked, now. :D
superclimber
Awesome. You should check our Erock. Some of the leads come with an element of commitment and a must not fall factor, but others are mellow. Not that it matters cause nearly everything can be top roped pretty easily.
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