to all the Volunteers - who responded to our call
to help repair and restore climber's paths and staging areas at
Pinnacles National Park. This year's Adopt-a-Crag was a wonderful
success. Climbers came from near and far and represented several
groups from our greater community with strong representation from
Salinas Valley Mountaineers, CSU Monterey Bay - Outdoor Adventures,
Pacific Edge Gym - Santa Cruz, The American Alpine Club - Sierra
Nevada Section and several individual climbers from diverse areas:
Yuba City, Oakhurst, San Francisco & Peninsula cities, the
East Bay plus the Monterey Peninsula, Marina, Salinas and King
City! This years Distance Award goes to Mike Morin and Amanda
Peterson - the awesome Access Fund Conservation Team who's racked
up more miles then they can remember. We attracted "drop-ins"
too - weekend climbers who were drawn to our energy and saw our
purpose. Fair to say - everyone had a good time... while creating
some great results. All are looking forward to next year's Appreciation
Days - the fellowship, teamwork, raffle and (of course) climbing!
Thanks to Pinnacles National Park
and Staff - for hosting this event and allowing
us to support them in their work and dedication to preserving
the Park's resources for all to enjoy. The careful planning by
Trails Supervisor James Bouknight kept over 75 individual Volunteers
busy right up to climb time. Cudos to NPS Volunteers too - John,
Dawn, Gavin, Alacia, Scott, Ariana & Emilie. Special thanks
to Karen Dorn-Beppler, Superintendent - who came out early Friday
morning to share her welcome and is a strong supporter of Volunteer
programs benefitting our newest National Park... and one of my
favorite places to climb.
Thanks for your continued support.
Due to many offers and interest, we are formulating
a program to further develop and practice skills while completing
projects started this October and last year. We envision a new
wave CCC - the Climbers Conservation Corps - to meet
this challenge and support further restoration and maintenance
projects. Our format will balance volunteer work and climbing
with a few "work-a-day, climb-a-day" weekends scheduled
late Winter and Spring 2015. Space will be limited to 6-8 climbers
on an advanced sign up basis. Interested? Shoot an email to climb510@MtnTools.com
and we'll keep you posted.