Ohio Climbers Coalition’s(OCC) NE Ohio Regional Coordinator, Jill Gallagher came up with the idea to offer a free Anchor Clinic for climbers who are OCC members. Clinics are definitely needed as more and more climbers want to transition between gym and crag. Also, new anchors were added at Whipp’s in April, and as with anything new, there is a learning curve. I was hearing stories of some anchor set ups that were questionable, both in how they were being set up and the end result. We had a concern about climber safety due to lack of knowledge. Possible damage to the valuable anchor trees was also a concern, as new climbers were bringing out 200’ ropes and pulling half that across the tree from the permanent anchors.
The 2nd Annual Logtown Adopt-a-Crag (Lisbon, Ohio) was held on Saturday, May 18th, 2019, from 9am - 3pm. Although it was raining slightly when we got there, it stopped shortly after and the rest of the day was dry. A big Thank You to the nineteen volunteers who spent their Saturday improving Logtown.
Along with other OCC climbers, I attended Access Fund’s first Climbing Advocacy Summit for the Midwest region on May 4th and 5th. Access Fund staff, with climbers and advocates from North Dakota, Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan and everywhere in between shared meals, ideas, ropes, hikes, successes, failures, and pride in what the Midwest has to offer: climbing and passionate people.
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.