Beach City Adopt-A-Crag Recap

Beach City Adopt-A-Crag Recap

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!

Fording The River On Yosemite Granite

Fording The River On Yosemite Granite

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.

Hockingport Survey

Hockingport Survey

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.

Taylor Property is Now Open! February Adopt-a-Crag Another Success!

Taylor Property is Now Open! February Adopt-a-Crag Another Success!

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:

OCC REGIONAL COORDINATOR SPOTLIGHT MATTHEW FAHNESTOCK

OCC REGIONAL COORDINATOR SPOTLIGHT MATTHEW FAHNESTOCK

New to the Ohio Climbers Coalition is our team of Regional Coordinators! These are volunteers who are dedicated to protecting and promoting access to climbing around the state, and being stewards of the land. These individuals identify projects in their regions, connect with volunteers to assist at local Adopt-a-Crag events, and represent the OCC at events. Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting our team of Regional Coordinators! 

This week we would like to put the spotlight on Matthew Fahnestock, one of our Co-Regional Coordinators for the Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve in Springfield, Ohio!

NORTHEAST REGIONAL COORDINATOR SPOTLIGHT

NORTHEAST REGIONAL COORDINATOR SPOTLIGHT

New to the Ohio Climbers Coalition is our team of Regional Coordinators! These are volunteers who are dedicated to protecting and promoting access to climbing around the state, and being stewards of the land. These individuals identify projects in their regions, connect with volunteers to assist at local Adopt-a-Crag events, and represent the OCC at events. Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting our team of Regional Coordinators!

This week we would like to put the spotlight on Norm Swann, our Northeast Regional Coordinator! 

Whipps Ledges Adopt-A-Crag

Saturday, August 26, the OCC partnered with Rock Mill Climbing and Yoga and the Cleveland Metroparks for a clean-up and trail work day at Whipps Ledges at Hinckley Reservation in Hinckely, Ohio. There were about 40 volunteers who participated and we had perfect weather for the event. The Metroparks supplied all the necessary tools as well as several of their employees who were very knowledgeable in trail work and great to work alongside. The Metroparks helped prepare in detail for the event including identifying potential projects and ensuring spotless restrooms. All of the projects, including clean up near the Hinckley Crack, the removal of concrete sign posts no longer in use, some trail maintenance and trash pick up and the decommissioning of user-created trails, were either completed or major progress was made towards their completion. Many volunteers and park staff stayed for the potluck cookout that followed.

Thanks to all who made the event a success, especially all of the volunteers, Rock Mill and the Cleveland Metroparks! We hope to have another similar event in the spring. Thanks also to Don Bensman for the awesome photos!

*You can view the photos from this event on our Stewardship page.