|2009 Adopt a Crag Wrap-up and Awards|
The 10th anniversary of Adopt a Crag was our best year yet, with the number of volunteers and events growing 20% over the previous year! In total 6,752 volunteers contributed over 40,000 hours of work to help improve our crags. Each year, the Access Fund and its sponsors honor those organizers who went above and beyond. We are thrilled to present the 2009 Adopt a Crag awards to a worthy group of volunteers. We want to thank everyone who hosted or participated in an Adopt a Crag this year—your dedication and enthusiasm are what make this program a great success!
Adopt a Crag of the Year Award - Ian Caldwell and the Smith Rock Group
REI and the Access Fund are proud to present the 2009 Adopt a Crag of the Year Award to Ian Caldwell and the Smith Rock Group for their dedication in the conservation of Smith Rock State Park. The annual Smith Rock Spring Thing started 17 years ago, and this year was bigger than ever with over 165 volunteers at a single event. Together, they volunteered 1,100 hours and completed 15 different projects to improve Smith Rock. We look forward to what Ian and the Smith Rock Group are able to accomplish in 2010!
Conservation Award - Central Texas Mountaineers
GORE-TEX products and Access Fund are honored to present the 2009 Stewardship Award to the Central Texas Mountaineers (CTM). CTM logged over 8,500 volunteer hours on 17 Adopt a Crag projects this year, including Mt. Bonnell, Gus Fruh Park, and Reimers North Shore. Volunteers worked tirelessly building trails, removing poison ivy, trundling rocks and picking up trash. We are thrilled to see this level of dedication in conserving our climbing areas.
2009 Stewardship Award - Salt Lake Climbers Alliance
Clif Bar and the Access Fund are proud to present the 2009 Stewardship Award to Salt Lake Climbers Alliance (SLCA) for their dedication in restoring Ferguson Canyon. This year the Ferguson Canyon Adopt a Crag brought in over 100 volunteers who accomplished 7 different projects including trail maintenance, graffiti removal, and creation of belay platforms. We sincerely appreciate SLCA and all of its volunteers for their hours spent improving Ferguson Canyon.
A League of there Own Award - Ken Yager and the Yosemite Climbing Association
This year’s 2009 League of Their Own Award is presented to the unstoppable Ken Yager and the Yosemite Climbing Association for their dedication in organizing the Yosemite Facelift. This year’s Facelift brought in incredible statistics yet again: over 1,200 volunteers contributed over 16,000 volunteer hours to collecting trash on 120 miles on roadway and over 180 miles of trails. The volunteers collected a total of 60,437 pounds of trash! We are truly honored to recognize these remarkable efforts and are already looking forward to next year’s Facelift!