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Floatin' The Boat, Boat Rock Trail Day 12.10.2001
Posted on Monday, March 15
by Robert

Big thanks to the local climbing community for a great showing at the Help Float the Boat event on Saturday, Dec. 8th. Although the weatherman predicted rain, the rock gods waved their hands and steered the clouds clear of this event. Climbers young and old, along with local residents, joined hands to help cleanup the boulder fields of debris.
A group picture of all of the volunteers after a great bbq lunch.
Getting ready to haul trash to the dump.
A total of 7 pickup trucks hauled a wide assortment of trash to include tires, gas tanks, shingles and a huge metal cable spool. The developer, Doug Crawford, was at the event helping to cleanup trash and remarked "I've never seen so many fit people in one place at one time".

After filling up their bellies with a bbq of burgers and franks, the climbers broke open their piggy banks and poured out a whopping $3200 for the raffle of great prizes. Our thanks go out to Atlanta Rocks, Access Fund, Escalade, Wall Crawlers, Mountain Ventures, Patagonia, Misty Mountain, Call of the Wild and High Country for their continued support. All proceeds from the raffle will go towards the purchase of the 7.7 acre tract on Boat Rock Road.

A bouldering course was setup by Jason Young, Cooper Roberts, and Bob Cormany. This tour of the classics ran the ridgeline above the lake through the maze of granite eggs. The boulder session was frenzied at points with many ascents of the testpieces such as The Rail, Glass Face, Jerry's Arete (new sit down start), and Titanic. Greg Kottcamp, in typical hardman fashion, temporarily stopped the show when he walked up and sent a hard one move slapping dyno to the left of Titanic. Greg Allen was spotted showing some "old school magic" with his no hands boulder up the Fun Crack. Bob Cormany was last seen with a large enthusiastic entourage, drifting through many of his wonderful slab creations.

Special thanks to the developer for allowing the event on his land and to all of the volunteers who picked up trash, flipped burgers and ran the tables at the event. Our long term goal is to purchase the boulder field tract in the front area and next year have a bouldering competition throughout the ridge.

If you can't or don't have the time to get involved in the fight to save Boat Rock you can still help. We have set up a paypal account through which you can donate money towards the Boat Rock Cause. The link is at the bottom of our donations page. You can get there by clicking here.

Check out a small Flash movie of the event. www.drtopo.com/postcard/dec/dec08.html

Here are some more pics from the event from Brad's Digital Camera:

Zack from Wallcrawlers showing off with super-smooth throws while he slaps his way up Titanic. A climber creeping up a slab, nice and slow.
Sticking some sick edges on Glassface. Oh No, please don't cry! Bloody fingers and scrapes were common-place at the event for those climbers new to the rock at boatrock
Someone on the toejam problem. Climbers had to jam their toe in high on the left and then rock up on their left leg. A very ackward problem.

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