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.
Have you been thinking about becoming an Ohio Climbers Coalition/ Access Fund member? Need to renew your membership to keep helping protect climbing areas around Ohio and the US? Your impact will now be DOUBLED thanks to Black Diamond and a group of anonymous donors! They will match your donations, dollar for dollar, through December 15th! If you are choosing to become a member or renew, make sure you click the box to support your Local Climbing Organization (LCO) and choose the Ohio Climbers Coalition in the drop down menu. Visit www.accessfund.org/donate.
As the wind sheer from the cliff’s edge blasted our faces and my instinctive inner voice told me that there was still time to back out, I methodically inched closer to see the multi-pitch adventure that lay beneath us. I peered down over the limestone top out, looking for clipping bolts, and scanned the panorama of the Verdon Gorge cliffs below attempting to make out landmarks from the guidebook route pictures. The angle of the topo route map was taken from a wall facing perspective and rendered it almost useless from our vantage point. Verifying the location once more, as if checking the abseil beta a third time would somehow make me feel more confident for what l was about to launch into, I gathered as much bravery as I could muster and fully committed to lead my team by being the first to descend into the abyss.
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!