Last October I went rock-climbing with my 83-year old grandmother in Malta. This was my first time to the Maltese islands. For Nana, this was her first time stepping onto the uneven terrain of an approach trail, let alone using her hands and feet to ascend vertical rock.
As the wind sheer from the cliff’s edge blasted our faces and my instinctive inner voice told me that there was still time to back out, I methodically inched closer to see the multi-pitch adventure that lay beneath us. I peered down over the limestone top out, looking for clipping bolts, and scanned the panorama of the Verdon Gorge cliffs below attempting to make out landmarks from the guidebook route pictures. The angle of the topo route map was taken from a wall facing perspective and rendered it almost useless from our vantage point. Verifying the location once more, as if checking the abseil beta a third time would somehow make me feel more confident for what l was about to launch into, I gathered as much bravery as I could muster and fully committed to lead my team by being the first to descend into the abyss.
The first annual Beach City Adopt-A-Crag was held on Saturday, April 14th, 2018. The weather stayed good just long enough to complete the event; it started raining during the cookout afterwards.
We would like to thank all the volunteers that came out and donated their time to make this event a success!
Adventure begins when your plans end, right? In that case the entire trip was one big adventure. Months on planning on climbing in Yosemite boiled down to a crummy streak of winter weather and low temps which nearly ensured too wet of conditions to climb. I unpacked the extra rope and gear for big days out and loaded the pack with a ton of draws and camping equipment for a trip to Bishop instead. Fast forward and I land in Fresno and meet Cary at a friends. Over tacos and modelos we poured over weather reports, which in the last day began to show some better weather in the Valley. Our plans may have changed to Bishop, but our hearts were always set on Yosemite. Without hesitation we knew any chance in Yosemite was worth it.
Ted Welser, our Southeast Ohio Regional Coordinator, has been working on a park proposal for an area in Hockingport, Ohio (just southeast of Athens along the Ohio River) and is seeking survey responses to help drum up more support for potentially making this area into a park with climbing and other recreational opportunities.
Last month, the Clark County Park District officially closed on the Taylor property, the latest addition to the Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve! The property is located on the southside of the Mad River and is adjacent to the original MRG that was opened last May during our Mad River Gorge Adopt-a-Crag. This addition helps expand the climbing available at the Gorge including a lot of great boulders that can be found throughout the area. There are also some historic routes that were bolted years ago when climbing was illegal in the area, and the Climbing Committee will be working to replace these bolts this spring to ensure they are safer for climbers. For more information about the routes on the Taylor Property and Mad River Gorge, please visit the mountain project page available here: