"heh, well, I guess I better not fall on this one"
"I'm sure it's fine though, right? RIGHT?" ••••••••••••••••• Shiny, irresistible targets. As you can see, this route is so aesthetic- it's such a beautiful line in sandstone! The whole canyon area is a treasure really, with tons of history in the petroglyphs. A lot of the locals know how cool of a spot it is. Unfortunately, it also feels like a drive by shooting might take place with all the bullet hole reminders scarring the rock and metal. We had to even explicitly ask someone once to please not shoot near where we were climbing. Additionally, there is a disturbing amount of trash in the canyon. Just recently, we found the remains of a burned matress (??!!), and several tires (?!!!???) thrown down over in to the canyon. We have been so lucky to have local crags in a small town-we love the mental and physical challenge of climbing- so it feels like we need to do our part to help maintain our local spots instead if waiting for someone else to take care of it. I mean we're not magicians, but we have a drill, a few bolts, and trash bags (not big enough for a mattress though). Recently, we replaced several shot up bolts that we felt were compromising the safety of this route (see pics of the bad ones, and then the last pic is of the new top anchors), and I plan to keep bringing bags to try to pick up some trash each time we visit. I have a feeling that people will just shoot up our new hardware or perhaps next throw a refrigerator in to the canyon...but it's all worth a shot because climbing has helped us so much!! #fortheloveofclimbing