RPR Profile: Damon Fogel

fogel damonName: Damon Fogel

Age: 42

Home: Austin, TX

Occupation: International Trade

Got involved with Carry the Load when I: first learned about how this organization helps local Veteran organizations in our area and signed up immediately.

What I like best about Carry the Load/ Reveille Peak Ranch:  What I like about CTL is the challenge of bringing the meaning of Memorial Day back to everyone and how our local veterans and their families benefit from the money raised. As far as RPR it is by far one of the most amazing places and a true reminder of freedom.

One thing I’d like to challenge myself to do: Grow my team to 100 participants and raise $100,000.


Damon, a Navy veteran, will lead one special team called “No Walker Left Behind” for Carry the Load. This team of 20 will begin their march a day early, departing from the Texas State Cemetery in East Austin at 0700 on Saturday, March 23rd, walking over 50 miles to Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet to arrive in time for Sunday’s opening ceremony. “Marching from the cemetery brings it home for me and helps me remind my kids how significant the people in this resting place mean to us and America. That’s why we do it” says Fogel. This team will also carry an American flag they’ll present to the family of one of our fallen upon arrival at Reveille Peak Ranch and formal ceremony.


Spring/Summer Trail Schedule

bike and indian blanketIt’s a busy time of year at Reveille Peak Ranch! Please check the schedule below for trail closures due to various events, and note that we will be OPEN on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. As always, we are open from 5 pm on Friday to dusk on Sunday, except where noted below.

May 1: Limited trail usage due to Pandora’s BoX of RoX set up

May 2: Trails closed until 3:00 for Pandora’s BoX of RoX

May 8-10: RPR closed to public for Spartan Races

May 15-17: RPR closed to public for Spartan Races

May 23: OPEN

May 24: Open during Carry the Load; riders/runners/scuba groups should enter and check-in at the main gate entrance

May 25: OPEN for Memorial Day

May 31: Trails closed until 12:30 for Rogue Trail Series


We will be open every weekend in June, July and August.


Spartan Race: Logistics and Important Information

Coming out for the Super Spartan/Spartan Sprint or the Biggest Loser RunWalk Off-Road Challenge May 9-10, or for the Super Spartan/ Spartan Sprint May 16-17? Please read on for important logistical details!


Let’s decrease our carbon emissions. Space is available, but limited.  $10 per car. $20 per van. $50 per bus or RV. Cash only. Pay as you enter at remote Parking Lot (follow the signs). For non-campers only.


RPR Profile–Theresa Francesconi

Theresa FrancesconiName: Theresa Francesconi
Age: 32
Home: Dallas, TX
Occupation: Merchant and Coordinator of Fun at Richardson Bike Mart
Started biking/running: I started MTBing 7ish years ago, and am still trying to catch on to the running thing.
What I like best about Reveille Peak Ranch: I like how much diversity Reveille Peak Ranch has! Everything from fast and flowy to technical granite, just about everything is covered!
Favorite equipment: My Mountain Feedbag from Revelate Designs
One thing I’d like to challenge myself to do: Get better at turning to the right!


RPR Profile—Nick Buskirk, PADI

Nick BuskirkName: Nick Buskirk    

Age: 36

Home: Austin, Texas

Occupation: PADI Regional Sales Manager, South Texas, Louisiana and the Caribbean

Started SCUBA diving: 1999, first dive Malaysia

What I like best about Reveille Peak Ranch: The several options for various outdoor activities in the beautiful Hill Country, plus the option to make a deep specialty dive in the heart of Texas

Favorite equipment: Mask and fins

One thing I’d like to challenge myself to do: The nine-mile cross-country loop!


Reveille Peak Ranch is a PADI Recreational Dive Facility

Scuba stairs and dock at Reveille Peak RanchThe Quarry Lake at Reveille Peak Ranch, one of the clearest lakes in Texas, is now a designated PADI Recreational Dive Facility and is becoming known among dive shops and scuba instructors as a great place to bring groups for classes, check-out dives, advanced certifications or group dives.

With an average visibility of 20 to 30 feet, the private lake offers scuba divers a chance to explore the unique underwater world of a former graphite quarry, and the lake’s granite walls and bottom still contain graphite that “sparkles” when illuminated with dive lights.

The deepest spot found in the lake is around 100 feet, which makes the crystal-clear lake the perfect place for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course (which requires a dive between 60 and 100 feet). In the summer, the water temperature is about 80 degrees at the top and thermocline at about 15 ft. The temperature drops into the 60s quickly and is in the 50s near the bottom of the lake, so 5mm or 7mm wetsuits are recommended.scuba platform

Just an hour northwest of Austin, Texas, Reveille Peak Ranch scuba diving is open to dive professionals and dive stores for classes and activities. All diving is organized and escorted by dive professionals and is not currently available to the general public.

The lake is also the ideal spot for Boy Scout troops seeking the Scuba Merit Badge and organizations and dive centers that support disabled veterans or other special populations.

Dive groups can take advantage of great dive-site facilities including a decked picnic area with a grill, or the Ranch’s main pavilion (5 minutes from the lake) with a full commercial kitchen, bathrooms with showers, onsite camping, training obstacles and miles of mountain biking/running trails.

underwater SCUBAAccess Pass Rates are as follows:

• $20 per diver per dive session or day
• $10 per person per night for primitive camping, or $25 per RV site (click here to reserve camping)
• All divers must bring the Scuba Liability Release completely and legibly filled out to RPR prior to diving




To schedule a group dive, to join an existing group dive, or to schedule a tour of the diving area, please contact:

Andrea Montgomery Roach
Text: 512-914-9411

Instructors and dive stores must add the following as additional insureds on their professional liability insurance policies:

Vol H. and Kristi Montgomery/Reveille Peak Ranch
105 CR 114
Burnet, TX 78611



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