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Volunteers Clean Up Pinnacle Rock

William Gardner

Re-post from December 18th, 2014

Pinnacle Rock (Plainville, Connecticut) is one CT’s busiest and most accessible crags. Often ATV and party traffic visit the summit leaving their garbage, fire pits and graffiti behind.

On Saturday, December 6, 2014 more than 21 volunteers gathered at Pinnacle despite cold, wet conditions to clean up the crag and pick up broken glass, car parts and garbage. In about 4 hours of work we removed a full pick up truck load of trash.

Our annual Adopt A Crag at Pinnacle Rock is a joint effort with the Access Fund and an important part of our mission to conserve local climbing resources through crag stewardship.

Many thanks to our committed volunteers and local community groups like CT Climbers & Mountaineers and the AMC Connecticut Chapter for their assistance. And thank you to the staff of the Plainville Starbucks for allowing us to dispose of the trash in the store dumpster.

Stay tuned to the RMF Overlook Blog for more stewardship projects and volunteer opportunities.

2014 Annual Meeting

William Gardner

Re-post from September 15th, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 7pm

Join the Ragged Mountain Foundation for a year-in-review and community discussion about the current state of climbing access in Connecticut.

Open to the public.

Anyone concerned with the preservation of climbing access in Connecticut is invited to attend and share their ideas.

Agenda to include

  • RMF year in review
  • Wilcox Award recipient presentation
  • Access updates & discussion
  • Free pizza & beverages (BYOB)


Connecticut Forest & Parks HQ
16 Meriden Rd
Rockfall, CT (near Middletown)

The Access Fund Conservation Team Visits Ragged Mountain

William Gardner

Re-post from June 3rd, 2014: The Access Fund estimates more than 8,000 climbing areas in the US.

With all those crags we were incredibly fortunate to have the Access Fund Conservation Team visit central Connecticut for three days in May 2014 – volunteering their expertise and muscles to some much needed trail work at Ragged’s Main Cliff.

The Conservation Team is a crew of two that travel the States with a Jeep and trailer full of trail building equipment. Mike and Amanda’s job is to educate the public and organize climbers in conservation efforts at their crags.

The largest project undertaken was the construction of a new retaining wall at the base of Carey Corner. The new wall will help reinforce the slope and reduce the dramatic soil loss in this area.

We made good progress on the wall but much more work needs to be done. Once complete we’ll be able to backfill some of the lost soil from the base of Broadway (5.8) to Ragged Edge (5.10) at the south end of the cliff.

HUGE Thanks to the Conservation Team – Mike & AmandaThe Access Fundand all the volunteers who worked hard to reinforce the trails at Ragged Mountain.