East Coast Backyard Collective Gets Praise From Non Profit Partner CRAG-VT

On behalf of CRAG-VT, I’d like to thank our volunteers for their involvement in the CRAG-VT/Backyard Collective Adopt –a-Crag event at Upper West Bolton cliff! Fifty-six volunteers, including people from five non-profits, spent a beautiful fall day with friends improving the trails at Upper West. This was CRAG-VT’s largest and most successful trail event to date and the amount of work that was accomplished was astounding! The trail repairs and improvements made were long overdue and the new 300-foot stone staircase up the scree field to the center of the cliff is a work of art that would have inspired the Inca!

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our sponsors- not a single person left without at least one prize, a full belly, and a swag bag with amazing gifts: Darn Tough socks, Stanley metal water bottle, Black Diamond headlamp, Petra Cliffs pass and more! We raffled off a list of prizes far to long to recount, but some highlights include: Thule bike racks, Mammut backpacks, and Keen shoes. Thanks to Outgoor Gear Exchange, Black Diamond, Thule, Mammut, Aladdin/Stanley, Petra Cliffs, Keen, Darn Tough, the Access Fund, Clif Bars, Petra Cliffs and everyone else for their support and donations.

Thanks also to Mirabelles for the delicious breakfast, Liv for the muffins, and Outdoor Gear Exchange for the terrific lunch. Without the event coordination efforts of Berne Broudy from ConservationNEXT and the Backyard collective, and Ross Perry of CRAG-VT we would never have pulled this off- thank you, especially!

Once again, I'm reminded that we have a fantastic community here in Vermont and how a few people donating a little time can accomplish a great deal. Thank you for your continued support of Vermont climbing.

President, CRAG-VT