Posted on Thursday, June 02|
On May 14th, the SCC, Access Fund, South Cumberland State Park, and Solid Rock – Climbers for Christ teamed up for a trail day at Foster Falls. Ranger John Ball and Chip and Lindsey from the Access Fund Conservation Team worked with over 20 volunteers on seven hours hard at work on two sections of trail. Group one spent their time fixing up a heavily eroded portion of trail near Climbers’ Access 2. The ground was leveled out and large stones strategically placed to build the foundation for a natural staircase. There is more work to be done on this section, but the foundation has now been laid.Group two focused on the heavily trafficked wall, Jimmywood. They cut up the downed tree that had been blocking the trail for years, then smoothed out the trail and portion of ground right at the base of the cliff, thus creating two separate areas: one for belayers and climbers, and one for the through traffic. Creating a belay ‘station’ will help eliminate the sprawl of climbers and their gear. Sprawl is a huge factor in erosion at heavily populated areas. We look forward to creating more of these areas at other popular Foster Falls climbing spots.
After finishing up for the day, Solid Rock – Climbers for Christ cooked up some burgers and hotdogs for everyone, while the SCC held a raffle… everybody got a prize! Most of the participants indicated that they would like to continue the work at Fosters, so hopefully many more trail days take place in the upcoming months.
BIG thanks to all the volunteers that came out. This trail day required a lot of HARD work and we couldn’t have finished what we did without you! br>
Written by: Jonathan Parker Pictures: Elizabeth and Chris Barton
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