Cragmont Stewardship Day with East Bay School for Boys

I am jealous. Forty sixth graders from the East Bay School for Boys got to take a field-trip hiking and rock climbing. When I was in school, we went to museums and aquariums. Those are super fun trips too, but they are not nearly as awesome as going hiking and then rock climbing.

The mastermind behind this trip is Josh Cherner, a teacher at East Bay School for Boys. Josh also started the climbing club at the school, which brings a group of about twenty kids to Berkeley Ironworks once a week to climb. Overall awesome guy.

Josh reached out to the Bay Area Climbers Coalition to see if we could add a stewardship component to the event and leave Cragmont “better than they found it”…music to our ears!

What did these amazing young climbing stewards accomplish during their visit to Cragmont?

1. They cleared off all the major walking paths and stairs of debris and dirt.
2. They cleared off all the major climber trails and surrounding areas of debris, loose dirt, and rocks.
3. They also collected about 50 pounds of broken glass, cigarette butts, bottle caps, micro-trash, and one discarded mix-tape CD.

Check out the photos and enjoy all the hard work of these amazing young stewards next time you are at Cragmont!

Climb On!
Matt Ulery – President – Bay Area Climbers Coalition


Safety Talk in the morning – the kids were psyched to climb!

These guys were awesome – they did a huge amount of sweeping of paths!

Then they went on a trash and glass clean-up rampage throughout the park.

This team found a ton of glass and trash too – that is an unbroken bottle of Jim Beam….this team also found an unbroken 40oz bottle of Mickey’s.


After lunch, we dived into cleaning up of the climbing area – they stared off by clearing off all the debris, rocks, and trash from the approach trail.


They collected all of the loose rocks and put them in safe spots to ensure they wouldn’t roll down the hill and cause any damage/injury. Then, they cleaned up a ton of glass and trash. They finished up by raking all of the loose debris down towards the fence line – we will be removing this loose debris during the upcoming ROCK Project event in mid-March.


And here is Josh holding up the bag of trash and broken glass that was collected – roughly 50lbs – and majority of it was broken glass.

Two exciting pieces of news from the BACC!

Hello Bay Area climbers!

The Bay Area Climbers Coalition has two exciting pieces of new to share with you today.  First off, we’re excited to announce that our President, Matt Ulery has been awarded the prestigious Sharp End Award from the Access Fund.  Matt is being recognized for “his dedication and relentless energy to climbing advocacy in the San Francisco Bay area.”  The Access Fund goes on to note that under Matt’s guidance, the Bay Area Climbers Coalition “has organized and lead several Adopt a Crag events at local crags” and “assisted the Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team throughout their visit beach dresses to the Bay area, providing housing for the team, co-tabling at local gym  events, and working alongside program sponsors at a variety of events.”

Our second piece of great news is that we received a letter from the IRS stating that we’ve been granted 501(c)3 status and are now a recognized tax-exempt organization!  Having tax-exempt status will assist us in fundraising for future events and give us necessary status to engage in certain organizational relationship building.  We’re working on our donation mechanisms now and we will let you know how you can help out soon.


Read more about the Matt and the other Sharp End Award recipients here: