2017 GHSP Bouldering & Stewardship Weekend (May 27th / 28th)

12 Apr

April GHSP Stewardship 2Hello! It is time for the 5th annual GHSP Bouldering & Stewardship Weekend! I would like to thank all the awesome and dedicated folks who have made it out and participated in this grassroots stewardship event over the past years and the great sponsors that support the event and Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition. We have made a huge difference and helped set precedence for how we can be greater collective stewards within the climbing and outdoor community. This year we will establish a climber path into the awesome Luminary Area which will be included in the upcoming Volume 2 of the GHSP Bouldering Guidebook, along with the amazing Back of Beyond Area and Wildwood Area which were the focus of last two years of Stewardship Weekends.

As always, this is a low key grassroots stewardship effort. There is no competition or big-time staged event. This is simply an organized group effort to help sustain one of the best and most beautiful boulderfields in Appalachia! For event volunteers park entrance is free, as is the nights camping (camping in the field is free, but if you reserve a standard park campsite the fee still applies) A short bullet point and summary for this year’s event is as follows:

  • Click on FB Event Page or message if you are able to attend
  • Bring gloves and closed toed shoes
  • Bring food, water/drinks
  • Bring Tent/hammock, sleeping bag (musical instrument if so inclined)
  • Bring climbing gear!
  • Raffle $$ and food $$ if you plan to go out for food at all


  • Meet at 9:00amat the LRT parking lot on Saturday the 27th
  • Work on establishing trail into the Luminary Area until2:00pm
  • Climb in the Luminary Area or anywhere else until dark/dinner time
  • Hang out/night climb and camp
  • Meet at 9:00at LRT on Sunday the 28th
  • Pick up trash and improve trails until2:00pm
  • Event will informally end after 2, but we will climb until the day’s end


Prior to Attending: Please message or click on the Facebook Event Page if you plan to attend. Please bring work gloves, closed-toed shoes (we will be moving big rocks), Food, Water, Super Soaker or water gun, Bouldering gear, Tent/hammock & Sleeping Bag. Consider bringing a guitar, ice cold sodas, and $10 or more for the SVCC Raffle! You can get delicious food at the Grayson Highlands General Store, so bring $$ for that if you think you might want some food or supplies!

Saturday the 27th will start at 9:00am at the Visitor Center/LRT parking lot. We will gather tools and head down to the awesome & exciting Luminary Area. Please bring food & water, and work clothes. If you plan to stay and climb in the Wildwood, bring your crashpads and gear as well! We will establish a small footpath throughout the main boulderfield and improve landings there. We will stop working at around 2:00pm, and if you would like to climb elsewhere feel free to do so! Otherwise, hang out and get a tour of Luminary and session on some of GHSP’s newest and proudest blocks.

The night of the 27th we volunteers get to camp for free in the field above the Park Office. After climbing we can set up camp, hang out, and afterward we can all go night bouldering, or just hang out at the campsite fire ring.

Sunday the 28th starts at 9:00am again and we will hold the raffle before heading out for picking up trash along trails, scrubbing off chalky holds with water-guns and brushes and rock armoring landings. After 2:00pm, the event will informally end, and we all can go climb!  Thank any and all of you who plan to attend, and feel free to message me here or through the Facebook Event Page with any specific questions!

Raffle Swag: Proceeds from the raffle will go to supporting the efforts of the Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition and are made possible by out awesome sponsors. Raffle items this year will include three of the new Grayson Highlands Boulderfields & Landscape Maps, some swag from Center 45 Climbing & Fitness, a Hatchet Coffee prize pack, and swag from awesome local gear stores.

Below are some shots from the Luminary Area which will be a big focus during this year’s stewardship weekend. See you all up there!

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