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.