Name: Robert Aschermann
Home: Austin, TX
Occupation: SCUBA/Travel/Swim Shop Owner
Started scuba diving: Started diving in 199 with Scubaland Adventures and became a PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor in 2001
What I like best about Reveille Peak Ranch: The entire ranch property is beautiful, especially in the spring. The quarry lake is uniquely suited to SCUBA diving because of the depth and clarity of the water. The quarry is also home to some unique freshwater critters that I haven’t seen anywhere else in the area, including freshwater jellyfish!
Favorite equipment: Scubapro BCDs, Bare Drysuits, Atomic Regulators, and Oceanic Dive Computers
One thing I’d like to challenge myself to do: I’ve had one opportunity to cage dive with Great White Sharks in Guadalupe, Mexico. One day I would like to try freediving or open cage diving with these awe-inspiring creatures.
Receiving their open water scuba certifications was just one of many adventures for 19 Venture/Varsity Scouts during their High Adventure ™ Camp at Reveille Peak Ranch in June.
The boys, ages 14-18 from Westlake and Bee Cave, represented Troop 550 of the Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. During their six-day campout at RPR, all of the boys completed their scuba diving merit badges in the ranch’s water holding tank and its Quarry Lake.
Trip leader Chris Foster learned about Reveille Peak Ranch through his own diving certification with Scubaland Adventures, and he suggested it as a site for the troop’s annual High Adventure Camp.
“The facilities were fabulous,” says Chris. “We went mountain biking, shot guns at the range, played sand volleyball, created an obstacle course, went trail running and kayaked.” One of the troop leaders brought hunting bows and throwing knives, so the scouts tried their hand at those on an archery range.
The scouts enjoyed the combination of camping near Reveille Peak Ranch’s pavilion with the amenities it offered, and they used it for all meals, group classes, games, and nightly devotionals. Some of the boys opted to sleep on top of the pavilion, and Chris brought a telescope for stargazing in the Hill Country skies.
While they used their own gas stove for cooking, having the pavilion fridge to store food and tables/counters to spread it out was great, says Chris. “It’s hard to call it camping when you have hot showers and a microwave,” he says.
Last year the troop went to New Mexico for mountain biking and whitewater rafting, but Chris says that RPR is now their favorite High Adventure campsite. “Having Reveille Peak Ranch right here in Central Texas is great—for us it was a one-hour drive to Burnet versus a 14-hour drive to New Mexico.”
As daylight broke on May 24th, 2014, Reveille Peak Ranch was bustling in preparation for a huge Memorial Day event. Shortly before the event was scheduled to begin, the rain arrived. While showers soaked the earth, arriving participants of this year’s Carry The Load event gathered in the pavilion. Despite the weather, patriots continued to pour in, more determined than ever to seize this day to honor and remember. Children, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice came to mourn and rejoice the lives of their lost, together.
Just before the Memorial March step off, the weather broke and the sun came out. A Texas capabilities demonstration including helicopters, boats, explosive demonstrations and tower rappelling impressed onlookers, and after a short program the crowd was ready to walk.
The 20.14-mile Memorial March trail wrapped around the lake at Reveille Peak and was lined with individuals carrying ruck sacks, flags, pictures and their heroes. Along the path, a field with just over 6800 flags to signify each member lost in most recent conflicts stopped the participants in their tracks. A wounded veteran carried his 60-pound ruck sack and his brother lost in battle. An Army officer conducted an impromptu ceremony honoring 18 fallen comrades. A group of 10 Marines in full gear marched together for 20.14 miles. A Gold Star mother who lost her son in battle on Memorial Day a few years back.
While Carry The Load might seem like a solemn event, it is actually an incredible opportunity to talk about those we’ve lost including happy memories of their lives and heroism.
Austin’s second annual Carry The Load was a huge success despite the weather. Well over 1,000 patriots came together to spend a Memorial Day to remember. A day to carry the burden for those who can no longer carry it for us.
Special thanks to Jenna McDaniel (for singing the Star Spangled Banner), Officer David Crowder (who played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes), the Law Enforcement teams who participated in the Capabilities Demonstration and the Highland Lakes Honor Guard for the opening flag ceremony.
Be sure to join us at Carry The Load 2015 at Reveille Peak Ranch. Who are you carrying?
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Coming out for the Super Spartan, the Spartan Sprint or the Biggest Loser RunWalk Off-Road Challenge May 17-18? Please read on for important logistical details!
$10 (cash only) at remote Parking Lot (follow the signs). For non-campers only.
EVENT WAIVER (required for all race participants and spectators; you can print and fill it out before you come)
Want a front row seat to all the Spartan action? Spectator tickets are available for $20 online or purchase them onsite for $25 (please bring cash). As a Spartan Race spectator, you’ll receive $5 Spartan bucks redeemable at the merchandise tent, entry to the rocking festival area, a festival grounds map, access to some of the obstacles on course, not to mention the epic Gladiator pit and finish line. Enjoy the music and watch your friends and loved ones slip and slide through the Spartan course in the relative safety and comfort of the Spartan Race festival grounds!
CAMPING CHECK-IN AND WRISTBANDS
You can find some of the most beautiful camping in Texas right at Reveille Peak Ranch! CAMP SPARTAN (new location this year!) is open for primitive camping at Reveille Peak Ranch. Enjoy campfires, music and relive the Spartan races with old and new friends. Parking will be allowed near the campsites. Restrooms, showers and portalets/handwash stations will be provided in the camping area. Camping is open and sites can be picked on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers/RV campers can bring wood, food, and drink as no concessions will be available at Camp Spartan. Concessions are available at the Spartan Race Festival area (near the main race entrance) Saturday and Sunday during the races.
RV/travel trailer/pop up camping (no electric/water hookups available) is also located adjacent to Camp Spartan for the same price of $20 per person for the weekend. Parking is included in the camping fee.
Camping Cost: $20 flat rate per person, with Camp Spartan opening Friday at 2 pm through Monday at noon (same rate for one or all nights, for racers and non-racers). If campers are not racing, they must register and pay onsite as spectators to the Spartan Race Festival. For quickest check-in at Camp Spartan registration, please register on-line and bring a copy of your receipt. Payment can also be made on-site.
For any questions regarding camping, please email Andrea: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD AND DRINKS
Concessions and beer will be be for sale at the Spartan Race Festival area only.
Dogs will not be allowed during the Spartan races – either at the Spartan Race Festival Area or in Camp Spartan.
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(thanks to Rhiannon Duryea for this great photo taken during the Reveille Peak Bike Festival!)
Name: Al Hinton
Home: Manor, Texas
Occupation: Bicycle Sport Shop Events Coordinator, best job on the planet. I travel around central Texas helping cyclists at events.
Started mountain biking: 1984. Bought a used Diamond Back for $200.00 and it has gotten more expensive every year. Last bike was $4000.00.
Favorite thing about RPR: The upper loop’s fantastic views. I sit up there eat lunch and enjoy the Texas Hill Country.
Favorite equipment: Specialize’s Stumpjumper FSR, a full suspension bike that takes me to places that are not seen by very many people.
One thing I’d like to challenge myself to do: Long hill climbs. I get a great sense of accomplishment when I get to the top without stopping and then bomb downhill.