San Antonio getting first sanctioned outdoor rock climbing area in 2020

  • December 20, 2018
  • News

Medicine Wall, a roughly 80-foot limestone bluff in northern San Antonio, will become the city’s first officially sanctioned outdoor rock climbing area when access to the site opens in 2020.

After roughly two years of negotiations with landowners and developers, the nonprofit climbing group Texas Climbers Coalition, formerly known as Central Texas Mountaineers, took ownership of the property last Friday, the organization’s President Adam Mitchell said.

Medicine Wall is the first property Texas Climbers Coalition has owned outright, said Mitchell, who lives in Marble Falls. A nationwide nonprofit conservation and advocacy group known as the Access Fund will maintain a conservation and recreation easement on the land, said Brian Tickle, the Access Fund’s Austin-based Texas regional director.

“It’s an urban crag. It’s right in San Antonio,” Tickle said. “So many climbers are introduced to climbing through gyms, and then typically the progression is to go outside at some point. Medicine Wall will definitely fulfill that need.”

Read more from Brendan Gibbons with The Rivard Report.