Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Granite Gripper

 The annual climbing competition at Enchanted Rock called the Granite Gripper is coming October 25th.  This is the oldest traditional climbing competition in the country at #23!  Last year's competition generated $5,342 for the work of the Friends of Enchanted Rock.  For more information, visit the Granite Gripper website.  This competition is organized by the Central Texas Climbing Committee, an affiliate of The Friends.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Camp out 250 nights a year?

Nick and Courtney in Fredericksburg, TX


Subaru/Leave No Trace Travelling Trainers Nick and Courtney are spending this week at E Rock teaching us how to Love  The Rock more gently.  They have been visiting with students at Fredericksburg Middle School and High School, with the staff at E Rock, and Saturday-Sunday its our turn.

Nick and Courtney met in Michigan while rock climbing.  After college, she worked in a nature center and he worked for the Michigan Dept of Natural Resources.  When the Leave No Trace position opened up in the spring, they jumped on it.  They live in the Subaru, and are someplace different at least once a week, from Yellowstone to Salt Lake to Lake Tahoe to San Francisco to San Bernadino To Ely (NV), and their next stop is Sedona. And yes, they do camp out 250 nights a year.  They teach kids with hands on demonstrations, skits, and other age appropriate ways.  What is age-appropriate for older people?  Gentle demonstrations of how to do it right, the science behind the concepts, how-to-demos on bringing others along with the LNT philosophy.

Is this your dream job?  There are currently three LNT teams on the road.  Like that Subaru?  Join LNT, wait six months, and then get a huge discount on a new Subaru.  

Come to E Rock this weekend, take part in some of the fun, and leave with a hang-tag to keep you on track.  I'm thinking that, with all this good stuff going on, there won't be any more trash on our trails.  See the schedule of events on a prior blog post.




Thursday, September 11, 2014

Weekend Leave No Trace Hotspot Event Schedule


Leave No Trace "HOTSPOT" Weekend
Leave No Trace has selected Texas’ Enchanted Rock State Natural Area as one of its eight endangered ‘Hot Spots’ in the nation and is hosting events to help raise awareness about natural areas around the country facing the threat of irreversible environmental damage.
WhenSep 12, 2014 07:45 PM to
Sep 14, 2014 03:00 PM
WhereEnchanted Rock State Natural Area
Contact Name Scott Whitener
Contact Email
Contact Phone 830) 685-3636
Friday, Sept. 12:  Night Hike with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers – 7:45 pm. Join staff from Enchanted Rock Natural Area and the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers on an interactive night hike to stargaze and learn some Leave No Trace principles along the way.
Saturday, Sept. 13:  Meet the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers - 9 am to 2pm. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will have a booth set up at Enchanted Rock State Park Natural Area. Meet at the gazebo. They will have free educational hanging tags and fun educational activities for all ages to learn how to minimize your impact when in the outdoors.
Saturday, Sept. 13:  Summit Trail Hike - 9:45 am. Join staff from Enchanted Rock Natural Area and the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers on an interactive and easy one-hour hike and learn about Leave No Trace principles in an interactive and adventurous setting. Meet at the gazebo that starts the Summit Trail.
Saturday, Sept. 13:  Night Hike with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers– 7:45 pm. Join staff from Enchanted Rock Natural Area and the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers on an interactive night hike to stargaze and learn some Leave No Trace principles along the way. Meet at the gazebo that starts the Summit Trail.
Sunday, Sept. 14:  Meet the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers – 9 am to 1 pm. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will have a booth set up at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. They will have free educational hanging tags and fun educational activities for all ages to learn how to minimize your impact when in the outdoors.  Meet at the Pavillion located down the road from the headquarters.  Check in at the headquarters and staff will direct you to the pavillion.  If you are already in the park, just hike down the North end of the loop trail to the pavillion located 1/2 mile from the start.
Sunday, Sept. 14: Cave Clean-up - 11 am. Join staff from Enchanted Rock Natural Area and the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to help clean up the Enchanted Rock cave and surrounding areas.