The Seismic Wall is just one of the many climbing places on the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Meet some of the climbers and organizations that are involved in maintaining these areas for public use.
My name is Josh Googins. I’m 32 and I grew up in Austin’s Greenbelt having spent the majority of my childhood and adult life swimming in Barton Springs and Gus Fruh. Climbing in the Greenbelt makes it so much more than just a hiking or swimming experience for which it would already be sufficient. It creates another layer of bond to be up close and intimate with the ancient limestone faces, letting their features be your challenges.
The Texas Climbers Coalition has been working with Austin Parks and Recreation for many years to maintain open access to climbing within the Greenbelt area. This also involves maintenance and replacement of climbing hardware as well as frequent trail work to foster stewardship within the community and keep our local crags clean. The photos below show a typical workday organized by TCC.
Hank Legan, TCC trail boss instructs volunteers during a trail day he led during the summer.
During this workday, we covered exposed tree roots near the Seismic wall by building a rock bed and adding, soil pebbles and mulch.
Moving large boulders, which we would use to form a wall along the base of the tree.
Texas Lady Crushers is the leading organization for gender minorities in Texas to network with intention through COVID-conscious climbing events, guided climbing and photography clinics, panel discussions, retreats, social gatherings, and volunteer opportunities.
I was born and raised in Austin and started climbing at the green belt in high school with my friends in 2008ish. Back then, there was nearly always water at Seismic and Gus, so we’d spend most of our summer break rotating climbing/swimming to keep from overheating. It was the best “free” activity around—and I climbed barefoot then so I didn’t have to buy shoes! I moved away from Austin for grad. school and then my first professor job, but I recently moved back and started climbing again (this time with more appropriate gear). I even met my partner climbing and now we’re there with our friends nearly every weekend. The greenbelt is still the best free place to climb in Austin! And the people you’ll meet there are some of the friendliest. 10/10 do recommend. — Erica Massey @el_massey
"We are graduate students at Texas A&M University (Ang and Linda). We love the scenery, especially from the top of a climbing route, that differs every season of the year."
The Seismic Wall is just one of the many climbing places on the Barton Creek Greenbelt. For more details, check out the Mountain Project.