Mineral Wells State Park Picnic and Rock Climbing Date: Sept 13-14th..

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Going for it!

The Gay Outdoor Club went to Mineral Wells State Park for a day of Rock Climbing, Socializing and Picnicking .  Mineral Wells is about 45 minutes west of Fort Worth. The park has swimming lake, hiking trails , camping facilities and rock climbing area. Toward the middle of the week some of us just wanted to get out we didn't care about how hot it was, so off we headed to Mineral Wells State park.

The plan was to leave Dallas early in order to be setup and rock climbing by 8am. Oh well, we did pretty well, we were climbing by 9am. The day was bright and rather cool for July at least before 11am. By noon we were all feeling the heat, by 1pm we were ready to call it a day. Fortunately Mineral Wells is covered with oak trees and pretty shady. Everyone had a great time.

We miss not climbing more often.

See you on the side




Stress Rating: EASY. No climbing required. Activities: Pot-luck picnic, Day Hiking, socializing, climbing, kayaking (calm, scenic lake).

WHAT to BRING: Lunch, Water, Money for park fees( $5.00) good Humor. $ For ICECREAM, Camping fee's. Tent and RV sites available. Call park directly if you need RV site.
Some recommendations: Setting up ropes is time consuming and requires heavy lifting by your Event host, you arriving early enough to assist your host and at the end of the day assist with ropes removal is greatly appreciated.

WHEN: TBA, Check Calendar
However, a few proviso's; For rock climbing the park must not have had heavy rains for 48hours prior to our Event date.
IF it has RAINED 48 hours before: wait until 7am EVENT date, then call the PARK and CONFIRM that the climbing area is OPEN if you are only interested in climbing. Otherwise, we will be kayaking, hiking, car camping.

Park Number: 940/328-1171

START TIME: 8am day of event.

Muster Point: Rock climbing area, lower level.

Dining: Picnic.

PLEASE RSVP : (email preferred)
Michael Railey
Home: 214-378-9159
CELL: 469-387-2530

100 Park Road 71
Mineral Wells TX 76067
2 hours west of Dallas Texas. Just south of Mineral Wells , Texas.
Directions: I-30 west through Fort Worth, merge with Hwy 20 , continue west, at Weatherford , Texas take St. Hwy 180 north to Weatherford/Mineral Wells.

This road goes through Weatherford , Texas and runs right into the county courthouse, follow circle around to back door and continue to Mineral Wells.

About 8 miles past Weatherford look for a bridge crossing over hwy. Just past this bridge is the entrance to Mineral Wells State Park. If you reach the town of Mineral Wells, you have just gone past park entrance.

Instructions for the Day:
1. Stop at park office and register as a rock climber. $5.00 park fee $3.00 climbing fee.
2. Bring climbing receipt with you to climbing area. 3. Bring water/Gatoraide, snack's-fruit, chips, etc, Picnic lunch recommended.
3. Park has swimming area, hiking, trails, rock climbing and lake. 5. Bring ground cloth, or other comfort items as needed for day picnic on ground area.
4. Bring rock climbing shoes. The club has a limited supply of shoes, if perfect
fit is important, it is recommended that you rent shoes to fit at REI for the weekend.~ 12.00.I have shoes from Women's 4.5 to Men's 13.5.
5. Club has enough harnesse's, however, if you have rock climbing gear please bring with you.
6. Have a good day, assist with breakdown in the evening. Ropes get heavy!
7. This is not a Beginning Rock climbing class day, No experience is needed, however, safety is your first concern, ALWAYS, have someone spot you, and do a safety check prior to climbing.
8. All minors must be directly accompanied by a parent or guardian. 11. If you decide to camp, I recommend reservations, see number listed above.
0. PLEASE RSVP so I know how many to expect.

I will be there to set up ropes at 8am on Event day, I will be taking down ropes at ~5pm.
I will provide check out for beginners starting at 9am. Feel free to arrive early and assist with rope setup.
My Cell: 469-387-2530
Looking forward to climbing with you,
Michael Railey

See Event photos link for pictures.

Directions: From Dallas:
I-30 West to Fort Worth, Continue to Weatherford TX, Hwy 180 north to Mineral Wells.