Last year we made a few changes with our website and lost our blog postings (you’ll notice there’s nothing posted since Nov 2010). Well, we’re back!
Rancocas Nature Center (RNC) is located, in Westampton Township, Burlington County, NJ onthelandofaNew Jersey State Park, leased by the NJAS. The New Jersey Audubon Society (NJAS) planned to close the Rancocas Nature Center which has been in operation since 1976. As a result of an out- pouring of community support, the NJAS has agreed to keep the RNC open until April 1, 2013.
The nature center is a community treasure —- a source of education and conservation for our children as well as the adult residents of our area. The community can help to keep this vital resource alive, well and open to the public. A grass-roots coalition has been formed to promote access at the Na- ture Center and in the State Park. Its inception : December 23, 2012. If the nature center does close permanently, it will mean that the community will lose access to these State Park grounds as the area would be gated and have limited access to hikers, birders, and others seeking to use the grounds.
A web site has been established to act as a bridge between today’s actions and a formal web site undergoing development for the “Friend’s of the
Rancocas Nature Center” (FRNC).
Interest is present throughout the community in keeping the RNC open. Informal, for now, ad-hoc meetings and discussions identified specific areas that are being evaluated to keep the RNC open. These ad-hoc meetings have evolved to reaching out across political divi- sions in the community. We welcome, encourage and invite your involvement. Local and regional initiatives that are taking place include letter-writing campaign, meetings w/ government agencies, discussions w/ NJAS and other elements of grass- root community action. While we are an informal coalition it does not weaken our position. Rather, in diversity is strength.
Committeeman Andre Daniel’s is quoted the Nature Center is a “point-of- pride” destination. Right he is. The next step in working toward keeping this valuable resource in our community is to have a show of community support at the meeting with the Director of the New Jersey State Parks Depart- ment. You can help by attending this meeting. Details will be Posted
I (Marty Molitoris) just returned from the UIAGM/AMGA annual meeting in Boulder, CO. This year was the first time the AMGA held the meeting for the IFMGA. Delegates from around the world attended making it a truly special event.
During the meeting, the president of the IFMGA, along with the president of the AMGA, the AMGA executive director and access director met with various land managers from the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and others to dicuss the options for increased access for certified guides and IFMGA visiting guides. It was a great learning process for all who attended and hopefully it will bring more access in the future.
The week was also declared Mountain Guides Week by the Mayor of Boulder and she gave a wonder speech after the first mountain guide parade which happened up and down Pearl Street.
Photos to come soon…
Alpine Endeavors Guide Cam Pavone turned 47 on November 9th. Each year Cam climbs as many pitches as he is old (in years). Two days ago Cam lead all 47 pitches himself and had a support crew along in the Trapps to help him out. His day began at about midnight on the 9th and he climbed continuously until about dark the following night.
I caught up with him at about pitch 27, on top of the climb Baby just outside of the Uberfall. He was going strong and still in high spirits after nearly 12 hours on the go. Here are some pictures from his big day.
Working with AMGA Single Pitch Instructor candidates is always a rewarding experience. During a recent assessment I was able to work with 4 really experienced climbers from very diverse backgrounds. Two have extensive personal climbing experience while the other two have large amounts of instructional climbing experience. Over two days we had a good time, climbed a lot and enjoyed a quiet day by ourselves in the amphitheater at Lost City and another at Peterskill. If you’re interested in taking an American Mountain Guides Association SPI course give us a call. We have 4 course providers on staff and can set one up any time you’d like in most locations around the northeast and midatlantic.
Here are some fun images from the program 2 weeks ago.
For a few years now Alpine Endeavors has offered full day group rappel sessions at Kaaterskill Falls in the Catskills. We generally set up a long (190 ft.) tryolean traverse and two 180′ long free-hanging rappels. Two weeks ago during one of those days I shot this video and have edited it down a bit. If you’re interested in setting something like this up let us know. Enjoy!
Alpine Endeavors hasn’t taken a trip to Seneca in a long time and a visit to climb the steepest moderates in the east was way overdue. Seneca Rocks is a small climbing area in eastern West Virginia composed of Tuscarora Sandstone (quartzite) similar to the rock in the Gunks. At Seneca, however, the layers are vertical not horizontal, making for spectacular steep climbing. This is the only place in the U.S. where you can climb an entire pitch of vertical 5.6. Your body hangs away from the cliff the whole time making the climbing feel demanding and sustained.
Over three days we climbed several really classic routes including Thais, Green Wall, West Pole, Prune and Ecstasy. A visit to this area is well worth the time; the campground is quiet and clean and the local climbers are really friendly. Below are some of the better images from the trip.