Climbing season is finally here! With lots of areas getting maintenance and some more traffic we at the OCC wanted to share some anchor best practice beta. One of our great top rope areas ( John Bryan State Park) has provided bolts to build top rope anchors. Unfortunately some folks have been steered in the wrong direction and this can lead to accidents and injuries. List below is a picture of a poorly built anchor.
On April 27th, we had 25 volunteers join us for another incredibly successful workday out at the Mad River Gorge in Springfield. We are excited to announce that the steps by Mike’s Wall and Ship Rock are now complete! This was a project that was started during our big Adopt-a- Crag event last September when the first set of steps were installed to help improve access from the main path to the walls. Now these steps will get you all the way to the top of the cliff! We are going to be installing hand rails on the upper portion to help make the steps easier to use for all visitors to the Gorge, but we are excited that the construction is complete. A huge thanks to all the volunteers who helped us complete this major project, and thanks to Great Miami Outfitters for helping us acquire grant money from Patagonia to purchase all of the supplies.
We held our first Adopt-a-Crag workday at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs, Ohio on Saturday, 13-April. The weather was just about perfect; much improved over the day or so prior (which sported rain and very high winds). Our main goal was to clear around and repaint the existing eye bolt top rope and belay anchors. We completed all planned tasks and some additional work due to the hard work of 12 volunteers and members of the OCC Board of Directors. The majority of our volunteers were from the Adventure Resource Center at OSU. They all had ridden their bikes out the day prior and camped. Seriously minimal carbon footprint and training effort: nice job people!
While out hiking, whether it be for a relaxing stroll, or an approach to a favorite climbing location, we have all seen it: trees covered in graffiti. Often times these trees are not ordained in elaborate paintings, but rather by random scribblings, which detract from the natural experience. However, the very medium which was used to create the offending “artwork” can be used to effectively camouflage it to the passerby. In order to effectively cover the markings you will need a quiver of colors composed primarily of light to medium greys, tans, browns and greens along with multiple cans of white to serve as a base.
On April 6th, the OCC hosted our second annual Beach City Adopt-a-Crag event! With the help of over 20 volunteers, we successfully completed a variety of projects around the Beach City Wildlife Area in Tuscarawas County. The parking area has been filled with new gravel that was purchased by the OCC and Ohio Division of Wildlife. This helps improve the parking situation for all climbers and visitors of the falls and Big Wall climbing area.
Have you seen the latest addition to the Connect Climbing shirt lineup yet? Check out The Crack & The Tree! We love Glenn's story about why he chose to add this shirt to the collection! How many other climbers got their start out at Hinckley (Whipps Ledges)?
Mt. Washington is not a mountain that is intimidating on paper. It sits at 6,288 ft in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, a few miles from a major highway. It is at least as hazardous as many peaks over twice as tall west of the Mississippi, due to having “The Worst Weather on Earth”. However, it has been the most iconic trip for the Mountaineers at Ohio State in the past few years. Although I had wanted to climb this peak since joining the Mountaineers my freshman year, this year was the first that the opportunity arose.
The Ohio Climbers Coalition is excited to announce that Norm Swann is joining our Board of Directors as our Northern Ohio Stewardship Director. In late 2017, Norm joined the OCC as our first Northeastern Ohio Regional Coordinator, and he worked closely with Tricia DiFranco on a variety of projects in that corner of the state including stewardship projects at Beach City Nature Preserve, Logtown, and Whipps Ledges. In his time with the OCC, Norm has shown us that he is passionate about protecting and promoting all of the great climbing available here in Ohio, and he wants to help others get more involved as well.