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Fall Highball Raises Funds for Buttermilks Toilet

Posted on: November 18th, 2009 by admin

The volunteer trail crew.

The volunteer trail crew.

The AAC’s Sierra Nevada Section hosted its annual Fall Highball on the East Side over the weekend of November 7-8, and it was a rockin’ good time. A collaboration between the AAC, Friends of the Inyo, the Access Fund, the Eastern Sierra Cimbers’ Coalition, and local land managers from Inyo National Forest, the weekend kicked off with a morning of volunteer work at Peabody Boulders in the Buttermilks. With coffee and breakfast (provided by the Access Fund) to fuel them, volunteers spent a few hours cleaning up trash and protecting vegetation and habitat. “They kicked ass,” said Doug Robinson of the team of 70 volunteers.

On Saturday evening, Robinson gave a slide show to an SRO crowd of about 150, connecting the early days of bouldering on the East Side to modern alpinism in the Sierra. A silent auction and raffle raised more than $2,700 toward the effort to construct a permanent toilet in Buttermilk Country.

Doug Robinson, left, and Fred Glover, one of the organizers of the Fall Highball.

Doug Robinson, left, and Fred Glover, one of the organizers of the Fall Highball.

After a Sunday-morning informal coffee with local climbers and federal land managers back at the Peabody Boulders, the crowd spread out for a great day on the rock in perfect weather. Huge kudos to AAC member Darren Malloy of Friends of Inyo, whose efforts were vital to this event’s success. You can see a few more photos from the event at the Sierra Nevada Section’s web page.

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