After a Summer of bouldering, it's time to switch gears. That's right, it's Rifle season! What an amazing climbing area. It's hard to express how lucky we are to have access to the area or how fun, beautiful, and awesome this place is. To make up for our lack of words and demonstrate our appreciation, the climbers organize an annual Rifle Cleanup. For one day every year, climbers pick up trash, and tackle a couple of improvement project. Then after a hard day of picking up trash, we have an after party. This year, the event took place on Sept. 5th. Here are this years Rifle Cleanup accomplishments:
-A terrace was built between Simply Read and Sometimes Always at the Project Wall to eliminate future erosion and make it safer to walk at the base of the wall.
-Two more parking spots were added at the Project wall.
-Two new parking spots were added at the Ruckman Cave.
-A suggested donation of $5 was collected to go towards rebolting efforts in Rifle.
The after party was great, except I didn't win anything in the raffle. Lots of food, Avery Beer, stickers, posters, and free gear. A huge thanks to all the Sponsors- Rock and Ice, La Sportiva, Avery Beer, Black Diamond, Prana, etc for supporting the event . Thankfully, I left before two dudes got up on a table, took their shirts off and started dancing with each other.