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 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.
get there by clicking here.
Check out a small Flash movie of the event.
Here are some more pics from the event from Brad's Digital Camera: