Natural Areas

Climbing Instructor Natural Areas By Capitol Area Council B.S.A.

Purpose

Learn more and practice skills for running events in a Natural Area and to get checked out by a director on your skills. These events are open to current Climbing Instructors ONLY and group size is limited to 18.

Participation is necessary for checking out the Council’s Natural Area Equipment. The NA endorsement to your CI puts you on the list to check out the councils gear and take your unit climbing beyond the confines of towers and gyms.

The Typical Day

We meet near the main gate in the large open parking area just west of the Park Headquarters building at 7:00 am. The Park HQ will not yet be open, so we will have to collect paperwork and day-use fess to be dropped in the overnight box (it helps to have the exact $6 in cash). Then, equipment and personnel will move to the east parking area (large turnaround at the intersection of the Summit Trail and Loop Trail). From here, we can sort and distribute gear and hike the Loop Trail to the Turkey Peak climbing area. Plans are to move over to the shady Motorboat climbing area in the afternoon.

Pack and Dress

  • Layer and bring weather appropriate clothing. It gets windy, cold and rainy sometimes quite quickly so be prepared.
  • Hat, sunscreen.
  • Pack your gear so that when we all get to the parking lot we can deploy quickly. Time in the parking lot is time lost on the rocks.
  • Have any personal climbing gear out and ready for inspection by a director

What to Bring

  • Lunch, snacks and water for this all day event. Don’t forget snacks and energy foods for mid-morning and mid afternoon, you’re going to be glad you have them.
  • Water – lots and lots and lots of water.
  • It will be a long day, sometimes goes almost to sundown, so best to plan for 7:00am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunscreen
  • Arrive a few minutes before 7:00 am dressed for an all-day event.
  • Water
  • Park Entrance Fee = $6.00 per person over 13 (with a State Park Pass, Day use is free for everyone in your non-commercial vehicle) $70 annual fee for 1-card membership; $85 for 2-car (vehicle membership: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/parkinfo/passes/
  • A mid-size (or large) backpack to help carry the gear (IMPORTANT – the Climbing Directors are not your personal Sherpas)
  • Boots or sturdy hikers for approach
  • Water
  • Separate shoes for Climbing are optional
  • Camera recommended to take pictures of rigs. The smaller, the better.
  • Climbing gear – If you have your own gear, bring it. It will be up to the directors to decide if you can use it. They will need to inspect it prior to parking lot departure so pack it near the top so you can get it out quickly and show a director.

Forms to Bring (Already filled out)

  1. A current copy of your BSA Annual Health and Medical Record Parts A, B & C (here.)
  2. A signed Climbing & Rappelling Consent Form and 1-page Climbing Medical Information form (here)
  3. A signed E-Rock Release Form (available on website)

Sign up

Please sign up by November 4th so that we can know to expect you and send out the required forms.

Sun, Nov 11, 7:00 am, Enchanted Rock Camping Area. To sign up go to the Reservations page, scroll down to Join/Leave Events and join in event # Y5FMT6.

For additional information, contact Steve Bontempo or Jim Miller