The 4th Annual Moe’s Maintenance Cleanup event was very successful this year.We owe a huge thanks to all the volunteers who came out on Saturday and helped to clean and maintain the trail system! A huge group of kids with the Aspiro Wilderness Therapy program went immediately to the south side of the valley and helped block off some newly formed, illegal roads which have been getting rallied by motorcycles in the last few months. This area will now get the chance to grow back to its former crustiness and splendor, and the dust will calm down somewhat.
The short trail was lined from the main road to a newer little gem of a boulder called Jack the Ripper, which features a v5 face and a v7 sloper arete.
The Mo’Zen 10k Trail Run was a success, Jorge Visser cruised ahead of the crowd and finished first. We are getting many great comments about this run, and plan to make it a bigger event in coming years. Great job to Chad Perkins for planning, mapping, and flagging the course!
Brendan McQueen led a group of volunteers to Mario Land, a newer area about 1 mile north of Moe’s. This area has been plagued by rampant redneckism and hobo-squatting in the past few years, with a burnt couch and mattress acting as centerpieces to the thousands of fire-cracker husks, broken bottles, and rusty sardine tins previously decorating the area. It’s so refreshing to see the area now, thanks to everyone who has helped clean up out there! We still want to line the trail to direct climbers to the great boulders in this zone. Habitat for Humanity (v6/7) is a masterpiece of roof-climbing endurance, totally horizontal for nearly 30 feet on sculpted roof pockets, with a long easy rail in the middle. This is just one of 40-50 developed problems in this zone ranging from v0 – v8.
We fixed up the landing under the Pink Lady (v6) one of the area classics. The landing had always been a booby-trap,
countless pad setups creep down the hill and out of the landing, as well as surprise-sliding down the hill myself on multiple occasions. The stone slabs now provide a stable landing area, as well as a place for spotters to stand more securely.
A huge crew lined an awesome pathway to the Dust Bowl area, and the energy and movement was infectious, even Dallas Hyland’s micro-doppelgangers were helping to carry huge rocks and pull a rake.
The sunshine of the morning gave way to a moody sky in the afternoon, with cold wind whipping through the valley. The Bouldering Competition still went down, although only those with incredible cold/wind tolerance remained to the end!
It was a great day, and I’m proud to have been involved in all the energy and community out there.
Here are some photos from the day. Enjoy!
(All photos are Copyright the respective photographers: Vaughn & Holly Harward, and Tyler Webb)