Austin, Texas is blessed with alot of climbing in and near the city. See www.AustinClimbingBook.com, www.erockonline.com and www.bloodyflapper.com for information about the areas. Austin climbing seems less by partner and more by group. New climbers can tap into this at:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6001574402 "Austin Rock Climbers" facebook group is active for organizing outings, started by highschool agers but the age appears to be expanding.
and at our fine local climbing gyms:
Fun climber websites:
https://www.facebook.com/monsterrockclimbing?ref=hl "Monster Rock" facebook page is useful for occasional MR news and weather reports. As with any page, you won't see all posts unless you click Like, visit the page, hover mouse over "Liked" and click Notifications.
www.erockonline.com (the Forums have the most active discussions, photos, and videos, among Austin area climbers)www.texasclimber.com (from Austin by Rock About climbing guide service)
www.pimpinandcrimpin.blogspot.com(from several folks formerly from Oklahoma. Their blog has been inactive but should be fun reading.)
www.merrickales.com (from Austin by Merrick Ales)
Funny pictures from Mrock: http://www.freewebs.com/johnhogge/pixfunatmrock.htm
Mrock's Gallery of Holds: http://www.freewebs.com/johnhogge/pixgalleryofholds.htm
Monster-related websites: www.dailymonster.com
So what the heck are all these monsters anyway? What's a Cthulhu? Here is info on monsters residing at Monster Rock:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blob (The 1958 or 1988 film.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dementor (from the Harry Potter books/films)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homonculus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Arab (see description of his invisible slayer)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thing (from the Addams Family)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie (last but not least)
Here are websites describing and celebrating Mrock's major themes.
http://www.cthulhu-themovie.com/video.html (IT is coming...)
The monster-horror writings of H. P. Lovecraft:
The swords-and-sorcery writings of J. R. R. Tolkein:
http://www.amazon.com/ (order Children of Hurin; faster paced then most Tolkein books)
The Dungeons and Dragons(tm) and related games: