As an event organizer you always wonder if people will show and like my previous post indicated, we had over 60 people show up from all parts of Utah to participate in the crag event. The Forest Service was blown away and after the first hour of trail work realized that we hadn't planned out enough work. The Salt Lake Climbers Alliance said they'd never seen such a large turnout for an Adopt-a-Crag event in all of Utah, even the ones held just 10 minutes from Salt Lake City.
I was so stoked to see so many people show up and the variety of people was tremendous. The willingness and eagerness of the volunteers was outstanding. I suppose an 90 minute drive from Salt Lake City, Utah can be a filter of sorts.
After working on the approach trail with carins, a crew of people spent a couple of hours on the talus next to the Good Medicine Wall, building terraces and belay stations. They moved some very large boulders and made a bit of a trail leading through the maze of rocks and ledges. What a difference this will make from the safety of others to the comfort of belayers. I'm already interested to see how they hold up through the rest of the climbing season and through the winter.
Another group of people helped to mitigate water drainage and erosion on two sections of the trail leading to the crag. I spent the first hour of the event checking in some of the late arrivals and getting them Clif bars, Pro Bars, Nalgene Bottles and discount codes for Backcountry.com. As I finally hiked up to the crag I couldn't believe all the work that had been completed. The Forest Service employees where directing some of the work while climbers were taking initiative and getting the job done.
There were some people roaming around, doing a bit of work here and a bit of work there. The adjacent walls were treated to a bit of work with an access trail leading from the Good Medicine Wall. This was something that we (the Forest Service and myself) talked about doing but figured it would be part of "next year's project".
After the work was called off a huge gear raffle ensued and just about everyone went home with something. A few people stuck around to climb, others headed down to the group site at Washington Lake in anticipation of the BBQ and camping. It was quite a party and one I'm sure that many will look forward to next year. (yep, I said next year)
A huge thanks to all those that showed up, to the sponsors, the Forest Service (Kamas and Evanston districts) and particularly to Backcountry.com for supporting this event from the idea phase through the execution of the event. We've committed to putting it on again next year.
Check out the photo album for images from the event.