“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean
-John MuirThis upcoming Memorial Weekend
, the 24th
and 25th of May
, will mark the 2nd GHSP Stewardship and Bouldering Weekend
. Last year we all got together and tackled the goal of building Virginia’ very first State Park Bouldering Trail. With 40 volunteers and the Access Fund Trail Crew we accomplished our goal. This year we will not be building trails, but rather cleaning up trash in the park’s boulderfields, scrubbing chalk off of the most popular boulders, and hardening select landing areas to prevent future erosion. If you are able, please bring your own water gun to the event to help wash chalk off of the boulders!
-Free one-night camping for volunteers (night of the 24th)
-Free park admission (24th-25th)
-Chance to support the new Southwest Virginia Climbing Coalition and win some great swag in the raffle!
-Climb VA’s steepest crimps with friends!
Saturday, the 24th, we will focus on rock armoring the landings for some of the most popular GHSP boulders, and boulderfield trash pick-up. Sunday, the 25th, we will spread out throughout the park and scrub chalk off of the most popular boulders (bring a water gun with you to the event!).
After we accomplish out stewardship goals on the 24th & 25th, probably around 1:00 or 1:30pm, we will stop working and climb some boulders until the sun starts to set. As the sun sets on the 24th we will have a raffle in support of the newly formed Southwest Virginia Climbers Coalition (SVCC).
Currently sponsoring the event and raffle are HippyTree, Giddy, and Evolv. Likewise, GHSP Bouldering Guidebooks and boulderfield maps will be included in the raffle. After the raffle we will all hang out around the fire, or dance and sing and stomp and play music (<ahem> if you play guitar, banjo, or fiddle bring yours and play that thing) around the cabin and have a good time. The 2014 Stewardship Weekend will be quite informal, grassroots, and is in no way a competition aside from the prize for who collects the most trash. This will purely be focused on stewardship, hanging out, getting to know other climbers, and climbing some awesome GHSP boulders together. If you are planning to attend, please click and indicate that you are here on Facebook!
I would like to thank every volunteer who came out to the event last year, and ahead of time, any of you who want to come out and volunteer your time this year. I feel it is vastly important for us all to pitch in and help out at our local and favorite bouldering areas, and this is the perfect time to do so in GHSP. While I will be posting more info as time grows nearer, here is some need-to-know info and answers for frequently asked questions:
CAMPING: Feel free to reserve a campsite online (be sure to call if the online site shows no vacancy), or use the special, free, event-only campsite that GHSP allows the Stewardship Weekend guests to use –free of charge- for the night of the 24th only.
PARK FEES: It is free for the Stewardship Weekend volunteers to enter the park and climb on the 24-25th.
FOOD: Bring your own. The closest restaurants are the Log House Store where you can purchase some Mom & Pop style country food, as well as the Fox Creek General Store (north of the park on Hwy 16) which sales delicious sandwiches and food.
RAFFLE: The raffle tickets will go at $10 for one ticket, and $5 for any additional ticket.
DOGS: Dogs are allowed in the park, but please be mindful of the 6ft leash regulation. Clean up your dog’s poop.
WATER GUN: Bring with you a cheap (or expensive if you’re really into water guns) water gun/spray gun/ super soaker/ whatever, to blast water at the chalk-covered boulders here in GHSP. If it is hot and you feel like instigating a water war, go for it! Some of us will have brushes and others super soakers. Once the boulder get’s blasted, the chalk brushes off very easily.
WHAT TO BRING: $10 dollars (or more) for the raffle, Gloves, Closed-toed shoes (we will be moving big rocks), Food, Water, Super Soaker/water gun, Bouldering gear, Tent/Sleeping Bag, Guitar (if you have one and would like to play), Delicious Cold Soda-Pop.