Friday, September 21, 2012

Ilchester Time Lapse

Our good friend and photographer Indy put together this great video high-lighting the trail work completed at our September 8th, 2012 Ilchester Adopt-A-Crag.

Ilchester Trail Work Weekend (9/8/12) - a Time-lapse/slideshow view. from Mark 'Indy' Kochte on Vimeo.

Makes you want to attend an Adopt-A-Crag, doesn't it?

Good thing we've got three more lined up this Fall.  Check out event page for all the details.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hauling Rocks and Building Trail at Ilchester

The first Adopt-a-Crag of the fall season at Ilchester was a huge success! Mid Atlantic Climbers' volunteers proved once again that they are some of the toughest, most committed volunteers around!  
Thank goodness for climbers and their rigging skills!
More than 40 volunteers came out on a warm Saturday morning September 8th to combat erosion at the Ilchester Cliff in Patapsco State Park. Volunteers moved rocks, logs, and earth, and built new structures designed to stop the erosion at the cliff top. Volunteers even rigged a high line designed to move the heaviest logs, boulders and other materials to the desired location.

Dropping the rock into place.
The logs and rocks were positioned to stop soil from eroding off of the cliff top. The new trail re-route will benefit all park visitors; it connects the stairs down to the cliff top and the trail leading away from the cliff.

After a morning of hard work and pizza lunch courtesy of of REI, MAC raffled off some climbing gear and gym passes thanks our generous sponsors: The Access Fund, Earthtreks, Patagonia, Solid Rock Climbers for Christ, Eastern Mountain Sports, Sport Rock, Osprey Packs and Friksn.
Because of the efforts of our generous spo
nsors, the folks at Patapsco State Park and volunteer coordinators this event was a HUGE SUCCESS!

Events like the Ilchester Adopt-a-Crag truly demonstrate climbers' commitment to the Patapsco State Park and show how much DC and Baltimore area climbers really care about our climbing resources. By cultivating a healthy relationship between the user group and the land owners, MAC is proactively working to keep climbing areas open in DC, MD and VA.
Mid Atlantic Climbers has 3 more Adopt-a-Crag events coming up this fall. Anyone interested in coming out should RSVP HERE and anyone interested in getting involved in planning or leading future events should feel free to contact 

All experience levels welcome.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Happy Hour Benefit Fundraiser Sat 9/22/12

Happy Hour to Benefit Friends of Muir Valley.   
Saturday, September 22nd, 2012  
All Day/Night
Kick-off the fall season, by grabbing some food and drinks with other climbers at The Greene Turtle in Olney, MD. Just bring the flyer (or digital copy on your smart device) and 20% of your bill will be donated to the Friends of Muir Valley to ensure that this wonderful climbing area stays open!

We'll have a table with some great raffles to sweeten the deal, and to raise some more money!

Muir Valley is a wonderful climber-owned property in the Red River Gorge and it's home to some of the best sport climbing on the East Coast.  Many of us have visited and enjoyed the routes, trails and roads on this property that are all maintained by the Weber Family for the sole purpose of preserving this unique environment and the wonderful rock climbing it has to offer. This is our chance to show them that visiting climbers care about this great destination crag!

Happy Hour Event on Facebook
Download the Flyer
Friends of Muir Valley Website

The Greene Turtle in Olney, MD.

Ilchester Adopt-a-Crag Sat. 9/8/12

Ilchester Adopt-a-Crag 
Saturday, September 8th, 2012 
8am - noon
Meet at the Hilltop Rd Parking area
A beautiful after-work crag in Ellicott City, MD has some serious erosion issues. Volunteers are needed to help install and replace erosion barriers at the cliff base this Saturday!

Need some incentive? We'll have door prizes for ya, and if the work's not done by noon, we'll buy pizza for lunch!

And of course, everyone's welcome to stick around and climb afterward!

Details and Registration. 
Ilchester Event on Facebook