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Like your rock climbing with a splash? Try deep water soloing at Lake Travis

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Scaling rocks like Spiderman kind of freaks me out.

Fall, for one, and you might break yourself. Harnesses help, of course, but you can still bash yourself on the side of the rock – repeatedly. Plus, I’m scared of heights.

So, no. You normally won’t find me scampering up a cliff face at Reimers Ranch or Enchanted Rock, channeling my inner gecko on a slab of hot limestone or granite.

But throw a little water in the mix and I’m in.

This morning, I joined Adam Mitchell of Rock About Austin, a rock climbing guiding service, for a trip out to Lake Travis to try deep water soloing. In layman’s terms, that means climbing over water.

That made all the difference for me. We climbed in three separate areas, all gorgeous and fern covered, and managed to squeeze in some down time for jumping off cliffs.

Stay tuned – I’m writing about the experience for my Fit City column later this month. And for more information about Rock About, go here.