Spring 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

They scrub graffiti off of rocks, pick up litter left in the dirt and haul bags of mulch to protect the climbing areas we love. They’re our volunteers, and they make our Adopt-A-Crags more impactful and our climbing community richer.

Earlier this year, we hosted Adopt-a-Crags at Indian Rock and Glen Canyon where people dedicated a day of their weekend to beautifying local climbing spots. There, we caught up with some of our rockstar volunteers:

Even when life gets busy, volunteer Maryn Sanders still makes time to contribute to the climbing community. “No matter how busy you are, you should give something back and do something for others,” she said.

Maryn Sanders at Indian Rock

Long-time climber Peter Suri hitchhiked his way from the East Coast to Yosemite in the ’70s. Not only did he climb routes with climbing personalities like Alan Nelson, but he also learned about conservation and climbing. “Being aware of conservation issues is important for the longevity of climbing and enjoying the experience,” Peter said.

Peter Suri at Indian Rock.

Forrest Cannon has been climbing for about three years, and has his eyes on outdoor routes in Berkeley, Yosemite and Bishop. Indian Rock was his first (but hopefully not last!) time volunteering with us. When asked why he took part he said: “Stewardship to me is caring and giving back to the environment that provides so much peace for me.”

BACC volunteer Forrest Cannon at Indian Rock.

Scott Elfstrom, another first-time volunteer at Indian Rock, was inspired to see the community come together. “Bay Area Climbers Coalition is doing an amazing job at connecting with climbers and bringing them out here.”

Scott Elfstrom at his first Adopt-A-Crag with BACC

Not only do Adopt-A-Crag volunteers get to engage with the community and protect outdoor spaces, but they might even learn a thing or two along the way! Victor Smith, who lives right around the corner from Glen Canyon Park, learned about local plants and the role they play in what is basically his backyard.

Victor Smith at Glen Canyon

Thanks to our crew of volunteers for all that you do! Keep an eye on our calendar for upcoming Adopt-A-Crags and community events!