Historic Indian Rock Bouldering Area Gets a Makeover


Last month, nearly 30 volunteers set out to give the historic Indian Rock in the Berkeley Hills, California a facelift.

Many famous climbers like Steve Roper, Royal Robbins, and Galen Rowell cut their teeth at the famous Bay Area bouldering spot, and it continues to be a beloved area for locals. However it was suffering from eroding trails and landing areas, as well as an overload of trash and broken glass.

Local climbers organized a two-day Adopt a Crag event, in partnership with the City of Berkeley, the Access Fund, and the local climbing gyms – Great Western Power Company and Ironworks. Over the course of two days, volunteers removed about eight cubic yards of dirt, rubble, glass, and trash, as well as laid down new wood chips in the climbing areas, rebuilt retaining walls, and cleared paths.

This project helped strengthen relationships between climbers and the City of Berkeley, as well as residents of the Berkeley Hills neighborhood.