Climbing at Reimers Ranch, Texas
Not only is Austin a really cool town, it also has a great local crag at Reimer’s Ranch. The Ranch is about 30 miles outside of town with quality pocketed limestone along a bend in the Pedernales River. We stopped in for a day’s climbing while we were in Austin.
The routes are all sport and range in difficulty from 5.5 to 5.14 with plenty in between. The majority of the routes are on pocketed rock with few tufa flows, but the rock is solid and the few routes that we got on were all a lot of fun.
Reimer’s biggest asset is probably the fact that it is right on the river and the river is great for swimming. On the April afternoon when we visited the weather was perfect for a little dip après-climb. Combined with the fact that there is a free downloadable guidebook makes it a perfect road trip climbing spot.
The only downside is that it is a bit pricey to get into the park. Reimer’s used to be on private land with the landowners asking for a couple of bucks to park and climb. In 2006 the county bought the land and though infrastructure has been improved, parking is a steep $10 per vehicle.
If you head out with a bunch of your friends packed in the car it gets cheaper but if it’s just you and your partner it’s a little pricey. At least access is secured!