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.
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!
We are excited to announce our board is growing! Blake Hillard has joined our team as the Outreach and Advocacy Director.
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.