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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Making it happen...

Sometimes making things happen in Fayetteville doesn't come easy. Sometimes you just have to get out there and do it yourself. Upon moving here in late March, I have become actively involved with three organizations: Plateau Action Network (PAN), New River Alliance of Climbers (NRAC), and the Fayetteville Freeride Park. This past weekend I put in close to 30 hours of volunteer work, and was able to contribute to all three groups. Recently (for PAN) I have been working on erosion control at an acid mine drainage site located off of Summerlee Rd. (headwaters of the Wolf Creek Watershed). Organizing labor for these types of projects can be tricky, but a few individuals made it happen. This past week a huge crew completely re-bolted 5 sport routes at the White Wall (Kaymoor) and replaced top anchors on 3 trad routes (I put some shiny new gear on Moon Child Posse). And just today, we unloaded a 52' trailer of wood for the Freeride Park. The wood will go towards constructing a perimeter fence around the park. All said and done, it feels good to volunteer and help beautify Fayetteville!

Big Rig bringing in the wood delivery

Staging fence post

Brian on top of his hay mound at Summerlee

Concerned citizens volunteering
Yep, I stuffed my element with hay.

Preliminary erosion control work.

This is a deep cut, and will require a dozer and fill dirt to fix.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hound Ears

The opportunity to attend Hound Ears arose, and soon I was packing my bags. Kurt Smith (Evolve, Sterling, Metolius Rep) just recently went through knee surgery, and it was up to Elaina (his wife) to fulfill event sponsor duties. I figured this would be a great chance to help out, and get a once a year pass into Hound Ears (It is a posh, gated community, closed to the public, except for this climbing competition held every year). It has been 4 years since my last visit to Boone, NC, and I was excited to catch up and hang out with old friends (Especially the chance to run into Dave Woods and Mike Petch, former Clevelanders). Saturday the weather turned out to be perfect, and it didn't take long to shred my tips (about 3 hours). It was great climbing with the Athens crew, something that doesn't happen often enough. I look forward to catching up with all of you dirt bags again at the season finale in Chattanooga!

Evolve shoe demo fleet

Vince, representing NRG mountain guides

Overlook from the top of Hound Ears

Vince with the eye of the tiger on "Woody's V3"

Dan climbing, forgot the name, someone help me out here.