Indian + Mortar Rock Adopt-A-Crag 2015 Event Report

Two of our amazing board members – Ally and Caden – got the chance to run their very first Adopt-A-Crag event at Indian and Mortar Rock and it was a huge success. Over 30 volunteers showed up to take on some needed work at Indian and Mortar Rock last Sunday. These volunteers worked crazy hard and got a huge amount of work done in a very short time!

Huge “thanks” to Planet Granite, Touchstone Climbing, and CLIF Bar for hooking up the raffle prizes for the event.  We also want to thank Rotten City Pizza for donating a number of their tasty pies to feed the hardworking volunteers.

Here is a quick list of the work that we got done at these amazing local climbing spots.

Indian Rock:
– picked up tons of glass and trash – easily 60 pounds
– installed new wood chips in The Pit, up top near The Ape, and along the start of the Indian Rock Traverse – 10 cubic yards in total!
– cleared dirt and pulled weeds from the main stairs leading down to The Pit
– swept all the pathways around the park – the neighbors love this

Mortar Rock:
– picked up trash from around the park
– cleared the stairs around the back side of debris and leaves
– installed some new rocks along the pathways to better define and discourage cutting through the planted areas

Thank you again to everyone that came out to put some love into our local crags!

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2015 Fall Highball – Sads Trail Work

The American Alpine Club hosts a number of Craggin’ Classic events across the country. These events focus on bringing the climbing community together and they always build in a stewardship project – all things we are totally in love with!

The Fall Highball in Bishop is a great event and excuse to get some Eastern Sierras crushing in while also making some time to help out with stewardship projects at the Buttermilks, The Happys, and The Sads. These climbing areas are very popular and get a lot of traffic during a very short season so the more that the climbing community can do to support and maintain these areas, the better.

Three of our board members – Allyson, Caden, and Matt – all made it out to this event and did some great work on the approach trail to The Sads.

The trail from the Chalk Bluff Road side of The Sads ascends a fairly steep hill and with all the traffic this trail sees it is in fairly good condition. Our team lead a smaller team of volunteers to make some improvements to this trail. With only 3 hours of work and 8 total volunteers, we were able to get a lot of work done.

Ally did some amazing work higher up on the trail where some of the existing stairs had come loose and were being washed out from heavy traffic. Stairs were fixed and cleared off to help better define the correct trail to use.

Caden and Matt added an extra stone stair about 1/4 of the way up – there was a big gap between the existing stairs and the outside edge of the trail was blowing out from folks walking on the outside edge. They also added some rocks on the edge of the trail to provide a visual marker for folks.

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We also had some help from local crusher – PAULA!!!!!
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There was also another area where folks were side-stepping the stone stairs. This side-stepping was causing the outside edge of the trail to blow out and knocking rocks down the hillside. To stop the erosion issues and keep folks on the correct part of the trail we added a rubble wall.  Here is the before photo:

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Here is the after photo – note the wall on the left side of the trail and the better defined stairs.

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Remillard Park – CLIF Bar Employee Volunteer Day

The Bay Area Climbers Coalition has been partnering with the amazing folks at CLIF Bar since we started this organization. Everyone that we have worked with at CLIF Bar has been super passionate about stewardship and volunteering within the community. So when they approached us about doing a larger volunteer work day for 50 employees we were over the moon excited to work with them.

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A big part of being a true partner with land managers is to listen…odds are you will hear about challenges they are having that you might be able to help out with, even when they have nothing to do with improving the climbing areas of a park. Remillard Park in Berkeley has some great top-roping and boulder problems, but the major work that needed to be taken on at this park was not in the climbing areas directly.

The 50+ CLIF Bar employees that volunteered their morning with us helped to make some major improvements to Remillard Park, including:

– removing blackberry bushes from the ivy on the hillsides
– clearing out broken glass, trash, and green matter from the sand in the kiddy play area
– trimming the ivy back from the pathways around the kiddy play area
– clearing the pathways and stairs around the kiddy play area of weeds and other invasive plant species
– weeding and trimming of bushes from fencing and pathways around park
– clearing of green matter from trails around back of rock
– clearing of trash and broken glass from trails around back of rock
– fixing of cross-slope on trails around back of rock

HUGE “thank you” to all the CLIF Bar employees that came out to crush all of this work in under 3 hours!

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