These are the meeting minutes from our monthly CTM meetings.
An archive of minutes from previous years are also here:
Special Meeting 2005/
January Meeting Minutes
At Whole Earth Campus Store
Our condolences to Jimmy Forester's family.
Jimmy (from Dallas) died tragically after a fall
in Potrero Chico, Mexico. Funds for his daughter
will be accepted through www.friendsofforester.com.
SUMMARY OF '06:
70 members (tripled membership)= ~$1500.
CTM is now a member of Austin Parks Foundation
Reimers Ranch was acquired in '05 with a lot of help
from local climbers, now Travis county works with
Reimers Ranch Climbing Committee
Limestoner '06 a success!!=~$3000
Granite Gripper "06 a success!!=~$3000
Maintenance by Tommy, Luke, and Evan included
55 routes, 222 hardware pieces, 200 hours and ~$1000.
Reimers Trail project- 8 weekends, 108 volunteers,
200 hours to build steps and bridges around high
E-Rock/Central Texas climbing Committee continues
great hard work on trail projects every 3rd weekend
of the month.
First Night Austin (New Year's)- had 2 dancers
and 8 climbers on the wall of the Radisson.
This year's focus will be on greenbelt maintenance.
It's MY Park Day on April 14th (9a.m.- 1p.m.)
will focus 50 projects/1500 volunteers to clean
up parks around Austin with the Austin Parks
Foundation (APF). APF will provide food,
drinks, shirts, publicity. Any ideas/volunteers????
RRCC account- ~$400 along with 100 bolts given
by Travis County
Meeting with Sarah Macias and John Wright(with
Austin Parks and Rec.) later this month to review
M.O.U. for greenbelt maintenance
Limestoner March 24th (rain date March 31st):
Friday and Saturday camping, saturday competition
with bouldering. Awards, silent auction, dinner,
Sunday clinic (from ARG or Rock About??)
guest speaker (Jason Kehl or Boone Speed??)
Hoping for one sponsor to help with ~$5000.
Proceeds go to area route maintenance.
Looking for T-shirt designs! Please design one
for us by February 1st. We'll decide on the winning
design at the February meeting.
FYI: Hueco possibly being turned over to Texas
Historical Commission (THC)???
Any information appreciated- we'll give further updates.
Knot of the Day: the Klemheist
Video: Contact (New Zealand/Castle Hill)
If you missed the first meeting of the new year,
you missed a raffle for a gift certificate to REI
and a CTM shirt!! Better luck next time!
February Meeting Minutes
At Whole Earth Campus Store
February 14th- VALENTINES DAY!!! Meeting notes:
Officers for 2007:
New Treasurer- Roni Beers,
President- Gary Ellis,
Vice President- Luke Bowman,
Events Organizer- Stan Ostrum,
Secretary- Amy Connolly
CTCC: Trail projects 3rd weekend of every month- free
entrance and camping, tour of main dome at gazebo at
Reimers Ranch Climbing Committee: Taking nominations
until Feb 15th;
Elections from the 21st until the Limestoner. Voting
takes place at the Limestoner
Current new nominations: Evan Jackson, Eric Patrick,
Ann Raber, Troy Wilson, Tommy Blackwell, Jordan DeLong,
Jeff Olson, Luke Bowman
CTM Membership: 13 members so far (6 from pay pal)
68 members last year (17 from pay pal)
Only $15 membership/$15 t-shirt-
Encourage your friends to join!!
-2/15 meeting with Sarah Macias anf John Wright.
Review the Greenbelt MOU (as a result of fellow
Austin citizens concerned about bolting
maintenance activities). We'll find out specifics
about various bolting areas.
-Bandit Bolting- in December? by Urban Assault??
On a boulder upstream?? Anyone know more specifics??
-2/24 meeting with Mike Brewster of Travis County
to discuss Limestoner
-Fire ring by Dead Cats at Reimers- (no fires allowed
at Reimers!- tell your friends) Let us know if
there's any info
-Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Historical
Commission budget cuts--> Hueco tanks transfer/loss??
Hueco Tanks might not be open to climbers.
Meeting with Jason Keith from the Access Fund on
Will lobby to repeal house bill on sporting goods
tax cap: current income from sporting goods tax
= $100 million/year (currently $32 million/yr cap).
Keep eyes and schedules open to helping with this
very important subject- all help would be appreciated!
CTM account= ~$1500;
RRCC account= ~$400;
APF It's my park day- April 14th (Austin Parks
Foundation)- looking for 50 projects with 1500
volunteers, will help CTM with a trail
project and will provide snacks, drinks, t-shirts;
9 a.m. to 1p.m.
Ideas: Emily Mathon and American Youthworks volunteers
to create kiosk at McKinney Falls; Stan Ostrum and
Barton Creek neighborhood alliance trail work;
more ideas/volunteers welcome!
CTM March Meeting at REI- 7-9 p.m. REI downtown;
Discussion/viewing of "An Inconvenient Truth"
with Christina Mauro
CTM 8th Annual Limestoner- March 24th (rain date
March 31st); Friday camping, saturday competition
and bouldering, awards, silent auction, dinner,
slide show by Merrick Ales, show by Jason Kehl,
Sunday clinics (by Jason Kehl, Joe Schwartz, ARG),
shoe demo, proceeds to general route maintenance fund.
T-shirt print pricing:
3 color design= ~$10/shirt or less-
vote on Kit Garcia's shirt- to highlight climber more,
make her tough, more features on wall, see shoes more,
high step with right foot, on color shirt (blue, olive
REI- 70m ropes to make "Reimer's ropes"
Need crash pads, gift certificates, need more prize items-
maybe only to use 1st and 2nd prizes;
Auction- items from north face, Royal Robbins,
Rupesh acupuncture sessions; other items from Metolious,
Climb On, Rock and Ice, ClimbTech, Whole Earth,
Central Market/Whole food food donations
Budget: assets- $5300; expenses $3800;
3 advance registrations on pay pal so far;
~$1500 total proceeds from the Limestoner
March Meeting Minutes
At New REI Downtown Store
After a quickly-detailed description of what CTM is all about, Gary proceeded with the current club info:
8th annual Limestoner- March 24th (Rain date March 31st)- includes
Friday and Saturday night camping, Saturday competition with bouldering, awards Saturday night with dinner and slide show by Merrick and Jason Kehl, Sunday clinics by Joe Schwartz, ARG, Rock About and Jason Kehl
RRCC- vote now for new members thru ARG, mail-in or at Limestoner;
elections to be held at the Limestoner
CTCC- next trail project Saturday March 17th.
19 CTM members so far (9 from PayPal) compared to 68 last year (17 from PayPal); >200 climbers in and around Austin.....
April 14th It's My Parks Day by Austin Parks Foundation
-50 projects with ~1500 volunteers
-Still looking for ideas in addition to ideas proposed by Emily and Rick
Brian-cleaning up cactus on top of Seismic
Luke/Barry- removal of bolts from bandit route
discussion on erockonline.com
Hueco tanks transfer?- still in discussion
Jason Keith from Access Fund to come down next week to lobby house bill on sporting goods tax cap. If you're interested in helping, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
expect to get about $1000 from Limestoner
about $1000 from memberships and
spend ~$1000 for green belt maintenance.
Great thanks to Eric Moore for donating $200 for sport anchors- the best individual donation EVER!
Future possible trips:
June- Pace Bend
Red Swing Project needs retired climbing ropes- visit redswingproject.org for more details
April's meeting to be held at Austin Rock Gym
The brief meeting was then turned over to Christina Mauro's presentation on Climate Change- a commentary on An Inconvenient Truth.
Thanks Christina for helping to open everyone's eyes to the atrocities that are happening on our planet! We can all do our part to help. Be aware of your presence.
April Meeting Minutes
At North Austin Rock Gym
April 11th CTM Meeting
food (goat cheese brie, hummus, fruit, cookies, etc)
beer (from North by Northwest)
CTCC 3rd weekend of every month (next saturday)
-free entrance and camping
-getting close to working on Turkey Pass trail, had been working on
several trails around the front
Tour of main dome @9 a.m.
Free dome guide training Saturday April 21st
Limestoner 86 competitors (compared to 63 last year, 42 in 2005)
21 new memberships, 22 from pay pal, 34 from meetings= 77 total
total $2115 profit to be used for bolting fund
CTM- 77 members this year, 68 members last year
Over 200 active climbers in and around Austin
Only $15 membership, $15 for t-shirt
CTM account = $5416.72
Added $1800 from Limestoner, $1200 from membership, $200 DONATION from
Erik Moore or sport anchors will spend ~$1000 on Greenbelt maintenance
RRCC account= $500
Sport anchors at hand beyond
TPWD and Tx historical commission
budget cuts- Hueco Tanks transfer: climbing access??:
Jason Kiety access fund- visited 2nd week of March, to:
Lobby house bill 6 on sporting goods tax cap, and senate bill 252
Thanks corey, joel, jamie, barry, and gary
$150 milliion/year (currently capped at #32 million/year for park funding)
-Seems to be working out so far in our favor- will keep you up to date
for opportunities for volunteering, emailing, future meetings
RRCC- meeting with Travis county Thursday night to review the master
Review conceptual plan with other user groups( bikers, fisherman,
birders, etc) then will go before the county commissioner and public
Its My Parks Day- Sat Apr 14 9-1p.m.
Rick- Sunken Gardens clean up
Stan- Greenbelt Guardians trail work at Gus Fruh
COME VOLUNTEER- bring work gloves and long sleeves
Contact Rick@Rock-About.com or Stan
Keep Austin Beautiful-Clean Sweep Day
Saturday, April 21st 9am-11am
Party at Waterloo park at 11:30a.m. for volunteers
Projects: Rap down and clean cliff at 360 bridge
Red swing project- please donate old ropes; see
www.redswingproject.org for more info- puts up swings around Austin
CTM outing: Weekend of April 28th- Oklahoma Wichita Falls
Arkansas for Memorial day weekend??
Pace bend in June??
April 28th on site competition at NARG- needs volunteers for judging
and lead belay; beer/food afterwards for volunteers- PLEASE HELP-
contact ARG for more info
The meeting followed with a slide show and stories/history of Hueco
Tanks trip from spring break 2007
May Meeting Minutes
At South Austin Rock Gym
May 9, 2007
(Tie down if you are a small belayer attached to a big climber....)
77 members paid so far (22 from Pay Pal)
68 members last year
Over 200 active climbers in and around Austin
Only $15 membership/ $15 t-shirt
encourage your friends to join!
Trail project- 3rd weekend of every month (free entrance and camping)
Working on loop trail and echo canyon
Tour of main dome- 3rd saturday of every month
CTM account: $3478.12
$784 for 40 sport anchors (80 clips), $4781 to APF account for
limestoner income, will get $2851.72 reimbursement for expenses.
=$2429 in APF account, $1048 in CTM account
RRCC account: $425.70
$91 for 5 sport anchors at Hand Beyond (10 clips)
TPWD and Tx Historical Commission budget cuts:
HB 12 just passed in the House, May 3rd
repeals the sporting goods tax cap
about a dozen little parks will move to THC
What can we do??- Lobby the Senate next-need a bulleted pamphlet
Met with Travis County April 12th to review the master plan
Looks like we will get everything we asked for: access to new climbing
at Pogue (except during times of turkey migration), parking lots near
bouldering, real toilets/running water at main parking lot- hopefully
plan will be approved this summer
Plan to go before County Commissioner and public hearings (May 10th)
It's My Park Day Saturday April 14th:
APF had over 40 projects across Austin
CTM had projects at sunken gardens and Gus Fruh and Homedale access
Over 90 people volunteered- Thanks for helping keep our parks clean!!
Keep Austin Beautiful Saturday April 21st:
Rapped down and cleaned cliff at 360 bridge
There is still soooo much trash left.... please pick up trash whenever you can
REI Grant- due May 18th
Up to $5000 for "Greenbelt improvements"
Can incorporate a Youth Day project (show bolting, climbing and
provide lunch and t-shirts)
Rest of work can be done by CTM volunteers
Might be able to use for Limestoner next year for donated gear???
Still need to find out...
If you can, please let us know if you can help volunteer, or give us ideas
Red Swing Project- please donate your old ropes
Check out www.redswingproject.org
CTM outing to Arkansas or Oklahoma??
Memorial day weekend
Up coming events:
June- Pace bend outing
October- Granite Gripper
December- Christmas party and elections
We wrapped up the meeting with great slides from The Homestead in Phoenix, AZ.
We finished our yummy food and our fizzy beer, and gave out more door prizes.
Don't miss the next meeting- 2nd Wednesday of every month
Please spread the word about your local climbing organizations- they
are the ones that help bolt your favorite climbs (and your future
favorite climbs as well)!
June Meeting Minutes
At South Austin Rock Gym
ERock trail project this Saturday, June 16th.
CTM account: about $5500 (half in Prosperity and half in APF account)
RRCC account: about $425
84 CTM members (25 from PayPal).
We applied for $900 REI grant on May 17th for Greenbelt route
maintenance and retaining walls along Barton Creek. We will hear of
their decision by August.
CTM Outing: Pace Bend, Sunday June 24th
Travis County Public Meetings for Reimers Master Plan:
We attended most if not all of them and there are no surprises.
Looks like we'll get everything we wanted:
- Keep all existing climbing access.
- Access to new Pouge climbing area seems likely.
- Parking lots near this area and bouldering.
- Hiking trails route away from cliff edge, except for a few
designated vista spots.
- Bathrooms with running water.
Horseback riders showed up at these meetings with requests for access.
May be a conflict with mountain bikers but not for us. Loop trail is
only about 4 miles long so, in the end, it may not be a very popular
horse riding destination.
Red Swing Project: www.redswingproject.org
Donate your old ropes.
July Meeting Minutes
At REI Downtown Store
1. CTCC – Next Trail Project out at E-Rock is Saturday July 21st
2. Member update –
o 85 members so far for 2007 (25 from Pay Pal),
o 68 members last year total (17 from Pay Pal)
3. $$$ -
o We have $2570.97 in CTM Prosperity;
o $2646.88 in APF;
o $283.51 in Pay Pal;
o applied for $900 REI grant;
o RRCC has $425.70
4. REI Grant details –
o Applied on 5/17, “Greenbelt Improvements”.
o Grant was for up to $5000, we asked for $900.
o Money will be used for creating retaining walls and route maintenance.
o Might be able to use for Limestoner 2008.
5. Greenbelt Maintenance –
o Sport clips on New Wall – done
o Sport clips on Gus Fruh – next
o Added 1st Bolt to Flitstones – still in debate
o Discussion insued -
1. Revote was requested by the members attending the meeting
o Travis County held public review of Master Plan
o Looks like we will get everything we asked for:
1. Access to new climbing @ Pogue
2. Parking lots near bouldering area
3. Real toilets & running water @ main parking area
o Horseback riders make last minute sharing
1. No conflict w/ us, perhaps with mountain bikers
7. Red Swing Project
o Donate your old rope to www.redswingproject.org
8. CTM Outings
o Next Outings – Pace Bend? OK Wichita Wildlife Refuge? Quartz Mountain?
9. Pace Bend Outing pictures from 6/23/07
August Meeting Minutes
At REI Downtown Store
1) 85 members paid so far (25 from Pay Pal),
68 members last year (17 from Pay Pal),
200 active climbers in & around Austin
2) CTM $$: $5450.51,
$2690.08 in CTM Prosperity Account, $2429.28 in APF account, $306.15 in Pay Pal,
we received the REI grant for $900
3) REI grant: $900 for greenbelt improvement,
retaining walss and route maintenance, cooperative project with AYW,
might be able to use this type of grant for the Limestoner in 2009.
4) Greenbelt Maintenance: Sport clips on New Wall,
Separate anchors for Mr. Slate, Added 1st bolt on Flintstones, sport clips on Gus Fruh
5) CTCC - Enchanted Rock State Park:
Trail projects - 3rd weekendof every month, Free entrance fee and camping,
Tour of Main Dome - 3rd Sat of every month - meet @ gazebo
6) Trash Pick up and recycling proposal for ERock - Shawn Gibson:
much discussion about the improtance of recycling,
questions of logging trash & recycling,
the level of commitment and work required to start a recycling program
7) Reimers Ranch Climbing Committee: Trail Conditions and projects with Americorps
* boulder added to stream from crossing
* trail by tree that fell
* tree fell across path to Dead Cats (future project)
8) RRCC: Master Plan goes up for approval & funding on August 14th,
DO NOT visit Pogue Hollow until we get the OK,
Retro Bolting *Elephant Man *Learning to Crawl *Velcro Rodeo *Learning to Fly?
10) Outings: None planned.
Proposed trips include: Pace Bend, OK Wichita Wildlife Refuge, Quartz Mt.,
Enchanted Tower at the end of August, and
Camp Eagle Mt. - for route development,
usually free for the day,
camping fee will be waived for folks visiting to develop routes,
potentially in early November
September Meeting Minutes
At REI downtown
October Meeting Minutes
At REI downtown
November Meeting Minutes
At REI downtown
Stan, Emily, & Luke will step down this year.
Shelley, Tommy, & Kareem are interested in becoming officers.
Elections at Christmas party, 12/7 at SARG.
93 members, 29 from PayPal.
Membership dues may go up to $20 in 2008.
Bank account: $6178.66 (of which, $425.70 is for RRCC)
Greenbelt maintenance done at Gus Fruh:
- Sport clips on most all climbs.
- New bolts on Fern Bar and Birdland.
- Anchor on face of Heir Apparent.
Spent nearly all of $900 REI grant for maintenance.
Mt. Bonnel clean-up, Jan 19, 2008.
On-site meeting with PARD Dec 5th.
Discussed news about "Walk for a Day" greenbelt trail proposal
by city of Austin and Hays County. Hill Country Conservency.
Discussed Area 57 and Balcones Canyon Land Preserve.
Discussed National Park Service 100th anniversary in 2016.
Write your congressman in favor of HR3094.
Sean O'Grady steps down from CTCC. James Bossom steps in until March 2008.
Submitted trail proposal for Reimers Ranch North Shore.
Will have meeting with Travis County, Mon Nov 26th at 4pm at Hamilton Pool location.
Reviewed current T-shirt designs for Limestoner. Will vote on final design at Christmas party.
CTM Christmas party - Friday night, Dec 7th at SARG.
Reel Rock Tour - Saturday night, Dec 8th at Alamo Village, two screens.
CTM will help sponsor with $200 donation.
John Hogge talked about Monster Rock. Go climb there! It's fun!
December Meeting Minutes
At South Austin Rock Gym
Lots of fun!
- President: Gary Ellis
- Vice President: Tommy Blackwell
- Secretary: Karl Vochatzer
- Treasurer: Shelley Stortz
- Events Coordinator: Roni Beer
Selected T-shirt design for 2008 Limestoner: American Gothic, by Phil Hernandez.
Tommy Blackwell for years of dedicated service to Austin's climbing route maintenance.
Stan Ostrum for five years as Events Coordinator.
Luke Bowman for two years as Vice President.
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