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Travis31
Hello all. I'm Travis. Soldier, stuck in Korea while my wife waits in El Paso. I started Climbing while here in Seoul. Koreans love the outdoors, and there are some amazing climbers here. I met up with a cool group of people that are awesome teachers. However, none of them will be coming to west Texas with me. I'm hoping to meet some peps that climb in west Texas, or new mexico, or anywhere else and are down to climb. I can Lead up to a 5.10C sport (big whoop right) and will attempt just about anything. I'm down for bouldering, just never had an awesome teacher - so I've been figuring it out on my own. Ill be home in October, and I'm going to be there a while. I have a sport rack, a rope ( 60mm, 9.8 mammut tusk), harness, and shoes. Im thinking of building a trad rack, only after I find a mentor. Thanks for the welcome!
Allen Corneau
Welcome Travis!

Luckily you'll have a world-class climbing spot just down the road from you with plenty of climbers around. You should have no problem finding some folks with which to climb.


QUOTE (Travis31 @ Jul 21 2012, 08:51 AM) *
I have a sport rack...


First lesson: there is no such thing as a "sport rack", they are just quickdraws.
bugsmash.gif


Anyway, welcome back to the USA. Hope you settle in and find yourself some good climbing folks.

superclimber
Hey Travis, welcome home. Most of us on this site are from (except some that have moved away) Austin and Houston. Kinda far from West Texas. If you care to venture to Enchanted Rock then I suspect you won't have much problem meeting climbing partners. Especially, if you check out the trail project a couple times. Likewise, you're welcome to come out and share ropes with us when it starts to cool off. It's kinda hot at Erock right now. However, if you want to find partners and climbing closer to El Paso you could try checking out Mountainproject.com or maybe searching for a local forum that's specific to Hueco Tanks, El Paso, or New Mexico. I think the climbing in El Paso proper might be kinda limited. But Hueco Tanks is world class despite some ongoing access problems and New Mexico has lots of climbing.
Travis31
QUOTE (Allen Corneau @ Jul 21 2012, 02:26 PM) *
Welcome Travis!

Luckily you'll have a world-class climbing spot just down the road from you with plenty of climbers around. You should have no problem finding some folks with which to climb.




First lesson: there is no such thing as a "sport rack", they are just quickdraws.
bugsmash.gif


Anyway, welcome back to the USA. Hope you settle in and find yourself some good climbing folks.


Sure - just saying i do not have trad gear - guess there's a better way to word it. Thanks for the welcome!
Travis31
QUOTE (superclimber @ Jul 21 2012, 04:55 PM) *
Hey Travis, welcome home. Most of us on this site are from (except some that have moved away) Austin and Houston. Kinda far from West Texas. If you care to venture to Enchanted Rock then I suspect you won't have much problem meeting climbing partners. Especially, if you check out the trail project a couple times. Likewise, you're welcome to come out and share ropes with us when it starts to cool off. It's kinda hot at Erock right now. However, if you want to find partners and climbing closer to El Paso you could try checking out Mountainproject.com or maybe searching for a local forum that's specific to Hueco Tanks, El Paso, or New Mexico. I think the climbing in El Paso proper might be kinda limited. But Hueco Tanks is world class despite some ongoing access problems and New Mexico has lots of climbing.


My wife and I like to travel, so a trip that way would not be to far out of the question. I have friends in San Antonio as well, but I will definitely head out that way some time! Thanks for the Info, and the Welcome!
Allen Corneau
QUOTE (Travis31 @ Jul 21 2012, 09:06 PM) *
Sure - just saying i do not have trad gear - guess there's a better way to word it. Thanks for the welcome!



No worries.

The "sport rack" thing is a big pet peeve of mine, sorry if I came off a little blunt. I'm not sure the "bug smash smiley" gave it the light-heartedness I menat.
superclimber
If you're in the area you could also check out the limestone in Austin. All you need to climb there is a rope and your sport rack. Erock is better tho.
Anna
QUOTE (Travis31 @ Jul 21 2012, 08:51 AM) *
Hello all. I'm Travis. Soldier, stuck in Korea while my wife waits in El Paso. I started Climbing while here in Seoul. Koreans love the outdoors, and there are some amazing climbers here. I met up with a cool group of people that are awesome teachers. However, none of them will be coming to west Texas with me. I'm hoping to meet some peps that climb in west Texas, or new mexico, or anywhere else and are down to climb. I can Lead up to a 5.10C sport (big whoop right) and will attempt just about anything. I'm down for bouldering, just never had an awesome teacher - so I've been figuring it out on my own. Ill be home in October, and I'm going to be there a while. I have a sport rack, a rope ( 60mm, 9.8 mammut tusk), harness, and shoes. Im thinking of building a trad rack, only after I find a mentor. Thanks for the welcome!


Hey Travis! Welcome to the site. Welcome back, when you are stateside. :)

Was curious...where in Seoul do you climb?

I will be in Seoul during the first week of September for a little over a week. I would love to check out the climbing scene there, maybe get some tips as I am a newbie.

I just joined too but I am really new to climbing. Hope you find the site as helpful as I have! :)
Travis31
QUOTE (Anna @ Jul 23 2012, 08:20 AM) *
Hey Travis! Welcome to the site. Welcome back, when you are stateside. :)

Was curious...where in Seoul do you climb?

I will be in Seoul during the first week of September for a little over a week. I would love to check out the climbing scene there, maybe get some tips as I am a newbie.

I just joined too but I am really new to climbing. Hope you find the site as helpful as I have! :)


Theres tons of plastic here, Larger gyms like Northface and Kolon Sports Ice Palace (ice and rock), then numerous outdoor walls that are free. I would recommend KOTR - Korea On The Rocks- English climbers forums for korea. Far as real rock - Insubong is the most named in the Seoul area. Tons of sport routes and people. Bring a helmet, never know when someone will drop something up top. Im planning a camping trip in September with some friends, theres a site that has amazing climbing about two hours from here, it will be my first attempt at multi pitch. Look me up when your here, I'll show you around.
the other scott
Thanks for serving, Travis! My old man was in Korea in '60.
Unfortunately, I don't climb in West Texas, but I would love to share a rope with you if you are in centex, PM if you make it out this way.

scott leeper
John Hogge
QUOTE (superclimber @ Jul 22 2012, 11:44 AM) *
If you're in the area you could also check out the limestone in Austin. All you need to climb there is a rope and your sport rack. Erock is better tho.

No it isn't. puke.gif Erock does have the trad (aka clean aka gear aka just climbing) climbing and buku slab. ATX limestone however has intricate sustained all- angle smack downs. One old timer who loves gear still once called erock granite moves "repetitive". But I dare pass on that thought at the risk of linchings, ninja assassins, and yea the wrath of the very Gods.
Soy Cabron
QUOTE (John Hogge @ Jul 24 2012, 06:59 PM) *
But I dare pass on that thought at the risk of linchings, ninja assassins, and yea the wrath of the very Gods.



That's it! Such blasphemy! I'm booking a ticket tonight, Hogge, and I'm coming for ya!

And to see my grandson.

And maybe climb at Reimerz!

heh,
soy
superclimber
QUOTE (Soy Cabron @ Jul 24 2012, 08:12 PM) *
And maybe climb at Reimerz!

heh,
soy

Check out North Shore, it's pretty cool. Erock is still better tho.
Soy Cabron
In all honesty, I'd be tickled pink-point.

Cagey
John Hogge
QUOTE (Soy Cabron @ Jul 24 2012, 09:12 PM) *
That's it! Such blasphemy! I'm booking a ticket tonight, Hogge, and I'm coming for ya! And to see my grandson. And maybe climb at Reimerz! heh, soy

Looking forward to it! Let's climb.
John Hogge
QUOTE (Soy Cabron @ Jul 24 2012, 09:12 PM) *
That's it! Such blasphemy! I'm booking a ticket tonight, Hogge, and I'm coming for ya! And to see my grandson. And maybe climb at Reimerz! heh, soy

Looking forward to it! Let's climb.
superclimber
QUOTE (John Hogge @ Jul 25 2012, 04:02 PM) *
Looking forward to it! Let's climb.

Don't forget your tri-cams.
Anna
QUOTE (Travis31 @ Jul 24 2012, 03:53 AM) *
Theres tons of plastic here, Larger gyms like Northface and Kolon Sports Ice Palace (ice and rock), then numerous outdoor walls that are free. I would recommend KOTR - Korea On The Rocks- English climbers forums for korea. Far as real rock - Insubong is the most named in the Seoul area. Tons of sport routes and people. Bring a helmet, never know when someone will drop something up top. Im planning a camping trip in September with some friends, theres a site that has amazing climbing about two hours from here, it will be my first attempt at multi pitch. Look me up when your here, I'll show you around.


Hey Travis. Sweet!

I will check the gyms online hopefully they have websites. Will definitely pack my helmet. I will also check out Korea on the Rocks.

Incidentally, do the gyms have instructors/guides who speak english? I don't know a lick of Korean with exception to a few phrases and words. But nowhere near enough to be able to carry a conversation. :)
ChupaCabra
Hey Travis,

Thanks for serving.

I really dig El Paso and go out there for work a bit. I'll pm you if I get a trip after September, with any time to spare.

Like people said Hueco Tanks is world class bouldering, should be right up your alley if you're sport climbing and climbing on plastic a lot. Access is limited, so look into reservations now, or hire a guide, it's cheap, gives you someone to climb with and access to the rest of the park.


There's a ton of stuff not real far from El Paso

Enchanted Tower in NM is only four hours away for sport climbing http://www.mountainproject.com/v/enchanted-tower/105789938

Sitting Bull Falls
http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/North_A...ing_Bull_Falls/

Cochise Stronghold
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/cochise-s...ghold/105738034

now the important stuff, food
if your wife hasn't found the spots yet, they're
Chico's
Kiki's
El Taco Tote

take her to the restaurant inside the Camino Real when you get back, nice place, romantic like, my wife and i liked it a lot




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