This fall, Mid Atlantic Climbers took a bold step towards making a broader impact at area crags by planning a record five events for the season. In addition to hosting more events than typical, MAC is also thrilled to announce that with our volunteers help, we have surpassed a record of 1,000 volunteer hours this year.
Each event hosted record numbers of volunteers and were made possible through the commitment and service demonstrated by MAC volunteers, whether they were new volunteers or veterans.
Adopt a Crags are the Access Fund’s signature stewardship program designed to unite climbing communities and land managers with the goal of conserving local climbing areas. MAC has hosted Adopt a Crags in the area for more than 10 years, and each event has not only given volunteers the opportunity to give back to the land but also built strong and sustainable relationships between climbers and land managers.
At each event, the list of projects were varied, but the completion of each one resulted in reduced human impact and an opportunity to give back to the places where climbers recreate. From making trail improvements to laying mulch to removing graffiti, MAC volunteers have worked tirelessly to complete every project and contributed valuable time and effort towards keeping our crags beautiful.
And besides working hard at events, MAC volunteers have helped represent the face of the climbing community in the Washington, D.C. area. At every trail cleanup, park officials always remark at how conscientious, skilled, and responsible MAC volunteers are. We often hear that the kinds of projects we accomplish at our Adopt a Crags never would have been possible without the hard work and commitment of our fantastic volunteers.
It is because of your hard work and your efforts to care for local crags that we continue to have good relationships with land managers. Thanks again for all your hard work this fall! We’re looking forward to one more event at Sugarloaf and are already planning for the 2014 season.
If you have suggestions for future events or would like to help plan an Adopt a Crag, email firstname.lastname@example.org.