Spring Safety Tips
𝘚𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦!!
As the warmer weather arrives, we know that you are gearing up for sport climbing season here at the gorge!
With that being said, We want to highlight some important 𝘴𝘢𝘧𝘦𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘪𝘱𝘴 to help keep you safe and prepared this season! After all, no matter how experienced of a climber you are it is always good to go back to the basics.
We know there are many things out of our own control when it comes to safety, but what about the things we can control?
𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻: This may seem simple, but make sure to have a plan in place if someone gets injured, the weather changes or the day out is taking longer than expected. Always make sure someone else knows your trip plans.
𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗲: Research ahead of time about the area you are visiting and the routes you want to climb. Be sure to have all the appropriate gear you will need and be sure you are comfortable with how to use it.
𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱:Outside conditions such as wind or flowing water can make communication much more difficult, be sure to have a nonverbal communication plan that everyone understands.
𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗴𝗲𝗮𝗿: Double-check your and your partner's knots, harness, gear, and all other safety devices.
𝗧𝗶𝗲 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗲𝘀: Tie a knot at the end of your rope when lowering and belaying.
We hope you have a fun and safe spring season!
𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗻𝗲𝗿!
WE SET A NEW RECORD!
We want to give a 𝙃𝙐𝙂𝙀 shoutout to everyone who joined us this past Saturday, April 1st, for the Whippoorwill Volunteer day!
𝗪𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗻𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝘂𝘀 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝟳𝟬 𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗼𝘁𝗮𝗹!
Thanks to all of you, we were able to move rocks from the lake bed and fill another row of gabions which will help to halt shoreline erosion! This effort helped us to save time and energy for our upcoming (Not) Work Week which will focus on preserving this beautiful area.
Do you want to stay up to date on our volunteer opportunities?
𝘉𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵
Photo: Matt Carpenter
Volunteer for (Not) Work Week!
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!
We are excited to announce that registration is now OPEN for [𝘕𝘰𝘵] 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘞𝘦𝘦𝘬 2023!!
Every year a group of YOU, our amazing volunteers, get together for a week full of stewardship projects, community building, and good times. We would love for you to join us.
[𝗡𝗼𝘁] 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟭𝟯𝘁𝗵 – 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝘁𝗵
Wondering what awesome projects we have in store for you this year? This year we will be focusing on projects at Whippoorwill at Summersville Lake!
We will be…
-𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮
-𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗰𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻
-𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗴𝘂𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗳 𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝘂𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗹 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗽
𝘈𝘊𝘛 𝘍𝘈𝘚𝘛 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢 𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘯𝘶𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘷𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘵𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘶𝘱 𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘤𝘬𝘭𝘺! 𝘝𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘔𝘜𝘚𝘛 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦.
We invite you to join us for a day, a weekend or even the entire week!
All volunteers will receive free camping at the NPS Burnwood Campground, meals to include breakfast and dinner, an event t-shirt, and cool swag from our brand sponsors!
𝙒𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙚𝙜𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮? 𝙑𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙞𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙗𝙞𝙤! 🔗
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A message from Matt, our President:
"I first want to thank all our donors, volunteers, and those who support and continue to support our organization! None of our work would be made possible without your support!
This week I traveled to Washington, DC, where several of us have spent the last few days with the Access Fund (@accessfund) lobbying our senators to support America's Outdoor Recreation Act (AORA) and Protect America's Rock Climbing Act (PARCA).
Fixed anchors in the wilderness are threatened due to policy changes in land managing agencies.
AORA and PARCA are bipartisan bills that aim to protect fixed anchors in the wilderness and establish rock climbing as an officially recognized and accepted the use of wilderness areas.
This matters to us at the NRG even though none of our climbing is in wilderness areas because many of us travel and climb in these threatened areas. They are part of our community.
Senators seemed receptive to our plea and promised to support outdoor recreation industries. However, the fight is far from over, as we expect bill markups sometime around May. It'll require more action by writing our legislators to support AORA/PARCA.
We've been working on revamping our rebolting program. We hosted a training day where we taught some of the ins and outs of bolt replacement techniques, and we will continue to train a new cohort of rebolters. We'll also rebolt much of the Tattoo Wall at Bubba City in April.
Our largest trail-building project of the year, (Not) Work Week, is happening from May 13th-20th! Sign-ups will open up shortly, so stay tuned and be sure to sign up to volunteer!
The Climber Stewards Program is back in partnership with the Access Fund! This program was wildly successful last year, and we're excited to continue it. So be on the lookout for the Stewards at the Crag from May thru October!
Meadow River access... While I have nothing definitive to offer now, many of our brightest minds are all working hard to restore access. The future looks bright.
Let's keep working together to preserve our well-loved climbing areas!"