At our most recent Adopt-A-Crag in the Berkeley hills, we caught up with a few of our incredible volunteers and we’re excited to introduce them and share a bit about how they learned about BACC and what stewardship means to them! Our diverse, inspiring community of climbers and stewardship enthusiasts is essential to the work of Bay Area Climbers Coalition, and we could not do what we do without you. Whether you’ve been to dozens of Adopt-A-Crags or are planning to attend your first event soon, we’re grateful for your support!
If you have a volunteer story you’d like to share, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was Harlow‘s second Adopt-A-Crag after attending the Mt. Tam cleanup last year. She learned about BACC through a friend who was on the board, and says “Stewardship means not being a jerk. It’s important for people to keep things clean.”
This was the first BACC event for this family duo. Blake & Amelia heard about this Adopt-A-Crag at a climbing competition where BACC was tabling. Amelia is hoping to do more outdoor climbing and says that “Stewardship means helping out and giving back to the community.” They enjoyed watching people come to the crag intending to climb, but instead deciding to help out with the cleanup when they saw what was taking place around them.
Erica learned about BACC through a friend and this is her first event. She enjoys trad climbing, the satisfaction of helping clean up a local climbing area, and jokes (see below). To Erica, “Stewardship means taking ownership and responsibility of the community. It’s important for us to exemplify the best of climbers to the community beyond climbing.”
What did one volunteer say when the other asked ‘What’s up?’.
Yoshi has been to more BACC events than he can count! It’s been so long he’s forgotten how he learned about the organization, but thinks it might have been through Access Fund or possibly at a gym event. He loves the community aspect of Adopt-A-Crags — meeting new people and making friends. He can frequently be found trad climbing in Castle Rock, Pinnacles, Yosemite and Tahoe. On stewardship, he says “It’s satisfying to give something back to the community after enjoying the outdoors as much as I have. It feels great to be part of the solution addressing the problem of dirty crags. I complain a lot about it, so I feel the need to do something.”
Thanks again to all our volunteers, we can’t wait to see you again soon!