Hey southeastern climbers, I need your help! I have been approved by Grayson Highlands State Park to put in trailpost markers for bouldering trails to three of the major areas here at GHSP. This badly needs to be done for completion of the GHSP bouldering guidebook and for overall visitor ease of access. I have almost finished the trail to the Moonlight Area here at GHSP but I could use some motivated climbers to come out and help out get it done. I would also like to get another trail started up through the Boneyard if enough of you come out!
The idea here is to meet up at the Contact Station at 9:30am while it is still cool and comfortable. We will all pile up into the GHSP van (awesome hippy van that can hold 10+) and I will drive us all up to the trailhead. If there are more than 10 I will either ask you to drive up or Ill make two trips. If enough show up Ill take another group over to the Boneyard to start another trail. We will work until 1:00pm and then get together for lunch (no digging involved, just moving some logs and driving posts).
After we eat I will shuttle anyone who needs their car to leave out early back to the contact station. We will have an evening bouldering session after lunch that will last as long as you want to pull down. The evening session will first be at the LRT and then later at Picnic, AVP, or Contact depending on what the group wants to do (if you drive you can certainly go wherever you like).
-The schedule will go the same for both Friday and Saturday.
-If you want to make a trip out of it and stay Friday night, I have two pull-out beds in my cabin here in the park. When those fill up, there is great camping in the park. Message me for details.
-Anyone who comes out to volunteer will get a free GHSP Bouldering Toothbrush (your choice of loud, bright colors) and the park is offering a free a GHSP sticker to anyone who comes out to help. I know its not much but its something right?
-Be sure to bring gloves, pants (to keep away from nettles and briers), closed toed shoes, food, and water. Even though this is the best place for summer bouldering in the southeast, the nettles and bugs are still here in the summer so be sure to dress accordingly.
- The log house down the road makes a mean burger and fries if you want a hot meal (they cook until 7:30 and play live bluegrass on Friday and Saturday nights).
-If you dont have a crash pad but still want to come out its okay, we will have plenty. If you want to go out by yourself the park now has a brand new Misty Mountain Highlander rental pad, chalkbag, and chalk for sale.
Help finish the trail to this boulder and 30+ more! Come out to the GHSP Bouldering & Trail Days on the 27th & 28th of July