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Lumpy Ridge Trail Day Reunion Recap

Posted on: October 5th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

Heading out to the trail.

Heading out to the trail. Photo by Chris Pruchnic

The Lumpy Reunion weekend (held at Lumpy Ridge in Colorado) is now over. Since it was the 10-year anniversary of this Adopt-a-Crag event Greg Sievers, long time Front Range section volunteer, was keen on packing in numerous events over the weekend to appeal to a broader spectrum of members. Planning started in February with the AAC, Access Fund and the NPS partnering to create the list of activities.

Friday night started the festivities off with a welcome party at Ed’s Cantina in Estes Park. Saturday saw numerous members partaking of the free crack climbing technique clinics held by the Colorado Mountain School (CMS) and free demos of equipment and climbing shoes, which was all staged from the Lumpy Ridge parking lot and included The North Face, C.A.M.P., La Sportiva, Trango, CMS and Leave No Trace. That evening a delicious dinner was held at the Estes Park Museum. The post-dinner event was an excellent slide show on the history of climbing at Lumpy Ridge by guidebook author Scott Kimball, a prolific FA climber from the 70’s to present. Wonderful photos of the ridge along with stories of numerous climbers and their attempts kept the audience’s attention. It was interesting to see the change of climbing fashion over the decades—who would buy purple and black striped tights to climb in?

Sunday arrived too soon after the late night dinner presentation but that did not deter 60 volunteers and NPS staff from gathering at MacGregor Ranch to head to the Sundance trail for a day of manual labor installing wood water bars, stone wall and steps and clearing the trail of dangerous snags with some focused chainsaw use. Over 500 vertical feet of this trail was serviced and the improvements will reduce erosion from the violent summer thunderstorms. At the end of the day there was an excellent raffle for anyone who worked the full day. Ropes, jackets, helmets and other donated equipment was up for the random draw to go home with many lucky new owners. The weekend was a great success and only possible with the help of so many local businesses and volunteers.

A warm thanks to all!

-Chris Pruchnic, AAC Front Range Section Chair

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