What: Castle Rock Clean-up
When: 4 p.m. Friday
Where: Castle Rock, about 12 miles up Boulder Canyon
More info: boulderclimbingcommunity.net
Friday evening’s Castle Rock Clean-Up marks the first on-the-ground (or rather, at-the-crag) event for the burgeoning Boulder Climbing Community.
Hopefully it’s the first of many, said Roger Briggs, of the BCC.
The clean up will take place at Castle Rock, a crag about 12 miles up Boulder Canyon. Climbers who volunteer for the Friday event will be helping with work the county started recently at Castle Rock, Briggs said.
“They’ve been up there with some machines, and they’ve moved some big rocks around under the Practice Roof,” Briggs said, adding that the county has built a wall out of the larger rocks to prevent erosion at the base of the wall.
“It’s going to make flat belay areas, I think it’s going to be really nice,” he said.
Briggs said the clean up — which includes food and drink — is partly a celebration of the partnership the BCC now has with Boulder County.
Since crags in Boulder Canyon lie on a jigsaw puzzle of properties owned by the county, city, U.S. Forest Service and private individuals, organizing climbers to do trail work can be challenging, Briggs said. Fortunately, since Castle Rock lies entirely on county property — and because the county has been so accommodating — it was easy to get the clean up going.
“With Boulder County, it was really quick,” he said. “We met with them in February, and it was just all green lights.”
Briggs said he hopes to do a clean-up at the Bowling Alley soon, but it’s complicated: in addition to county-owned land, there’s private property at that crag and a strip of forest service land running through it.
“We have to go up there with a GPS and really figure out where those boundaries are,” he said
“The bigger project, really, is Boulder Canyon. This Castle Rock thing is just the first step. We’re also trying to get a relationship with the forest service, which is a lot more difficult.”
Friday’s clean-up is capped at 45 workers, Briggs said, and there’s already been such interest in the event that he’s already there. But he encourages climbers to come out anyway, even though they might not work.
“There’s going to be food, the grill will be going,” Briggs said.
“We want to make people aware that this is going on, that this is the future, and the idea that we’re trying to take on Boulder Canyon as a whole.”