Since beginning this effort, we've wanted to do something tangible. Discussion of goals and ideals are vital to creating a great organization, but at times it can feel all too theoretical, and for the past few months, we've all been eager to get outside and put forth some action.
In honor of National Public Lands Day, the Ohio Climbers Coalition helped cleanup Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There were over 100 volunteers participating in the effort, with OCC representing a quarter of attendees! It was a fantastic showing for our first event and we are so thankful for Cuyahoga Valley National Park providing the venue for us to help out. Also, we have to thank the Access Fund for its continued support (and Clif bars)!
Now, you might be wondering why we were so eager to participate in a cleanup of a park that doesn't have any open climbing areas. The answer is simple: stewardship. At OCC, we strive to be an example of proper care and respect for the outdoor areas we love-- all of them, not just the crags! Events like this help us build both respect and relationships within the parks system, hopefully opening up doors for future climbing opportunities!
If you know of a park or local crag that could use a cleanup from the OCC, fill out the contact form or drop us a line in the comments-- we'd love to hear from you!
When it comes down to it, the leaders and members of OCC are a group of 'do-ers' so it was fantastic to get outside and affect a little positive change.
Looking forward to our next event!