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.
In 2018, the OCC organized monthly Adopt-a-Crag events at the Mad River Gorge to complete major projects that were necessary to help improve access and minimize climber impact at popular climbing areas. Last September, we also hosted the largest stewardship event of the year as we had over 150 volunteers from around the midwest join us for the 2018 Mad River Gorge Adopt-a-Crag Presented By Black Diamond. This one day of stewardship resulted in 1,085 volunteer hours!
Last year, the OCC was thrilled to expand our stewardship efforts as we completed two Adopt-a-Crag events in Northeast Ohio. In April, we focused our attention on graffiti removal, trail development, and trash cleanup at Beach City Wildlife Area. Working together with volunteers from The Dirt Line and Kent State University Climbing Club, we were able to remove lots of graffiti and trash while also improving access to the Big Wall climbing area. This was our first time completing stewardship projects at an @ Ohio Department of Natural Resourcesarea, and we were thankful for the opportunity. The OCC hopes to continue our positive stewardship efforts on state lands in 2019!
On October 18, 2018, the Cleveland Metroparks Board voted to eliminate the individual rock climbing permit at Hinkley Reservation, Whipp's Ledges. Individual permits are no longer needed after November 17, 2018.