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Medicine Wall serves as an attraction along the Salado Creek Greenway

30 Jul 2020

An existing rock climbers' venue known as Medicine Wall had become more accessible with the venue's new owner and the recent opening of the Salado Creek Greenway connector between Loop 1604 and Eisenhower Park.

Bluffs of Medicine Wall towers upward to 100 feet (30 m) Bluffs of Medicine Wall towers upward to 100 feet (30 m)—Photo: SRR

Medicine Wall has been around for several years as a place for rock climbers to scale and repel off the craggy wall that towers upwards to 100 feet (30 m) and runs about 200 feet (60 m) along Salado Creek. It had been on private property until the Texas Climbers Coalition obtained ownership of the cliff in June 2020 with funding support from the Access Fund. Since February 2015 when two climbers fell to their deaths, it had been declared off-limits by its landowners, land developers, until the TCC became its new owners. The AF is a national advocacy and conservation land trust organization that holds a legal easement on venues such as Medicine Wall for recreation and conservation. The TCC had set a goal of approximately $37,000 for fundraising to cover the legal work and other particulars to provide the protection of the venue.

A rock climber scales the rocks at Medicine Wall
A rock climber scales the rocks at Medicine Wall

Looking up from the basin, the rocky face of Medicine Wall
Looking up from the basin, the rocky face of Medicine Wall—Photo: SRR

The venue will provide rock-climbing enthusiasts a place to go in San Antonio with easier access from the greenway. About 20 routes have been bolted by volunteers. The greenway will provide the venue substantial exposure to those who use the trails for cycling, walking, and jogging.

Rocky path at the basin of Medicine Wall
Rocky path at the basin of Medicine Wall

The TCC had posted rules. Details can be view at their website: texasclimberscoalition.org/medicine-wall. The TCC sponsors two other venues in Texas: Continental Ranch and Monster Rock.

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