If you are looking for a safe and fun new hobby to get yourself through 2020 and beyond, we have an idea. Rock-About is the longest-running rock climbing outfit based out of the Central Texas area offering courses for beginners, experienced climbers, and groups.
Their guides provide a safe environment in which you can experience hiking, sightseeing, camping, and climbing. Each one has years of experience and the well-organized and safety-oriented classes offer everything from beginner to advanced programs. They also educate climbers about the physical and cultural geography of the places where they climb and follow a “Leave No Trace” ethical code to help conserve natural resources. Check out one of the courses below that matches your skill level! And click here to learn about all the protocols they have in place for COVID-19.
They emphasize safety skills, basic climbing techniques, teamwork, trust, communication, and having a great time in a beautiful setting. Most people complete six to eight climbs in this first session.
In this course they will teach you how to be a sport climbing aficionado. Not only do they show you all lead climbing techniques, the focus is on intently on learning how to clean a route safely, which is hugely important outdoors.
Trad Climbing, short for traditional, is the purest form of protecting yourself as you climb. Rock-About teaches American Mountain Guides Association techniques to give you the skills to place removable gear for leading and building anchors. This is a more advanced climbing course.
This type of climbing is called Deep Water Soloing (DWS). It is best accessed by a boat and Rock-About is offering this great experience for beginners and seasoned climbers. You don’t have to be a pro to enjoy this type of climbing because you climb as high as you want and jump back into the water.
Mental training is as important to performance as strength, flexibility, and technique. This is a comprehensive program for learning how to focus your mental resources during a challenging climb.
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