Mt. Saint Helena Adopt-A-Crag 2015 Event Report

Mount Saint Helena is arguably one of the premier sport climbing crags in the Bay Area – with tons of routes and a wide range of difficulty it does have something for everyone.  Which is why it attracts climbers from all over the Bay Area and in decent numbers too.  On the day of the event we saw at least 50 climbers from every corner of the Bay Area.

The Bay Area Climbers Coalition is always looking for new projects at the most popular crags in the Bay Area.  Back in April we met the awesome folks from the Rock, Ice & Mountain (RIM) Club, who have been supporting this crag for a very long time.  They were psyched to work with us to take on some needed stewardship projects at Mount Saint Helena and we were equally as psyched to have a partner organization to take on the number of heavy projects at this crag.

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Jump ahead to October 17….we have a great crew of project leaders from the RIM Club and the Bay Area Climbers Coalition and 30 volunteers who are eager to help with making this local climbing area even better for the community.image3 (1)

With all of these amazing climbing stewards in attendance we were able to get a huge amount of work done:

1. We had a crew clean-up all the trash in both parking lots and then they walked the road both ways to clean-up trash near the other pull out parking options.

2. We had another crew that worked with two of the State Park employees to clear out a ton of downed trees and limbs.

3. A crew of volunteers built a rubble wall in front of the eroding gully that some folks have been using to go up to the Quarry area – the erosion on this hillside was really really bad, please use the established trails.  The trails are actually quicker, easier, and cause far less damage to the area.

 

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BEFORE – eroding gully leading up to the Quarry
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This is the correct climber trail that you use to access the Quarry and then on up to the fire road and the Bubble. You can see the rubble wall we built on the left – please do not use the gully that this wall blocks off, the erosion is really really bad.

 

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AFTER – rubble wall installed plus we worked to cover up the terrible path leading up the gully

4. That same crew also closed off  a number of social/short-cut trails that were causing erosion issues on hillsides and exposing tree roots.
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5. Another crew of trail folks worked on the upper part of the climber access trail for the Quarry – again closing off multiple social trails and diverting folks out of the eroding gully and onto the established and more solid trail.  They also fixed a number of the switchbacks on this upper part of the trail.  Cairns were placed to mark the correct way, thank you for keeping on the trail!image1

6. And at the very end of the day we all rallied to do some work on the “Shortcut Trail” that leads from the parking lot area up to the “Stevenson Homestead Site”.  This work involved clearing of the loose rock from the trail, closing of a couple of social trails, and clearing of downed tree branches from the trail.

Post event celebrations included some excellent sandwich fixings from CalMart, beer from New Belgium, cold beverages from Guayaki, and of course a great raffle where everyone was able to win something.

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Summit Rock Adopt-A-Crag 2015 Event Report

Summit Rock is a great sport climbing crag near Castle Rock – it was closed year-round for peregrine falcon nesting up until 2 years ago.  One of the major downsides to the closure, besides not being able to climb, was that no stewardship was happening but lots of people were still coming out there, tagging the rocks, leaving trash, and breaking bottles.

Eroding trails, graffiti on the rocks, broken glass, and trash can really take away from a fun day of cragging.

This year will be the third season that Summit Rock has been open and the second year we have worked with the Sanborn County folks to host an Adopt-A-Crag.

Last Saturday (October 3) was another successful Adopt-A-Crag event and we made a lot of progress with the clearing of the broken glass and the restoration of the trails.  We are also working with the rangers to set-up a graffiti removal project later this year – stay tuned for more details.

We also added some “bolt tags” to a couple of the climbs that are currently going through the peregrine falcon nesting location – please be sure to keep off these routes for right now.  The nest seems to move every season so we will move those tags if the nest moves.

Huge “THANK YOU” to the 30 volunteers and our volunteer leaders who kicked some serious butt with getting the following work done!

  • 100 yards of trails – re-established bench-cut and slope
  • 200 lbs of trash and glass collected (estimation)
  • All trails swept/cleared of debris
  • Built new stairs on eroding hillside

Here are a handful of photos from the event – make sure to swing by our Facebook Group for the full album of photos.

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We also wanted to thank our sponsors and partners for the awesome raffle prizes and their continued support of our local crags!

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