This is an informal, nature appreciation, and peer-learning group for nature enthusiasts. Come to share what you already know and learn from others. Activities may include slow-paced nature walks to identify plants and animals, going to nature talks together, and any activity that increases our knowledge and appreciation of the natural world. Members are not expected to be experts, but it's certainly okay if you are (teach us what you know). Just bring your curiosity and a willingness to share what you know. Posting pictures and identifying what we see is highly encouraged.
NOTE: Sierra Club is hosting this event, but membership or donations are not required. This event is open to the public and has no charges associated with it.
The Austin Parks Foundation says this,
“Bull Creek Foundation has 32 square miles of ecologically unique terrain to tend and protect. Bull Creek watershed includes limestone seeps, springs, and waterways; scenic cliffs and waterfalls; interesting archaeological and cultural features and more.”
One of the lesser used aspects of this park is the bouldering that is available. It’s considered one of the best places in Austin for bouldering. If you’re interested in finding out more about this (and other bouldering areas in Texas) then check out “Texas Limestone Bouldering” by Jeff Jackson (ISBN[masked] $24.95). We’ll be working on the simpler problems at the Frontside Boulders. Just downstream there are more problems at Fringe Boulders as well as climbing at Library Wall.
Image Source: Google Maps (P - Parking, B - Bouldering)
From N. 183 and Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway) you will head S. on 360. At the light for Lakewood Dr. you will turn L. onto Lakewood. Don’t stop at the first parking spot on the L. Proceed through the curve to the main park entrance with the restrooms. There are two parking places here, the main parking area and a smaller one on the other side of the bridge across Bull Creek.
You want to end up at the smaller parking across the creek from the main park lot and restrooms.
Climbing shoes are pretty much required, you’ll need to provide those yourself. I’m not aware of anyone who rents shoes outside of the gym. I have a crash pad and chalk. Loose clothing and water are about all else you’ll need.
If you don't have climbing shoes you are certainly welcome to use other shoes or even barefoot. You will definitely get more out of your time if you have the right equipment however.
Kids and dogs are ok. You'll want to make sure you have a leash for your dog to restrain them while you're climbing (and to keep them out of other peoples equipment and snacks - a perennial complaint in the climbing community).
Image Source: Texas Mountaineers