2011 Fall Highball
Check out some more images of this event in the Southwest Section Photo Galleries.
The Access Fund, the Sierra and the Southwest sections of The American Alpine
Club, and the Friends of the Inyo put on a great day with morning stewardship of the
Buttermilk area and an evening fundraiser at Mill Creek Station.
About 70 people helped in the morning to cleanup campsites, minimize a closed road,
and protect plants around the boulders. After coffee, contributed by Black Sheep Coffee
and pastries from Great Basin Bakery, Marty Hornick of the Forest Service got the
volunteers organized into three groups. One group went with Andrew Schurr to cleanup
some of the informal campsites in the area; another went to the bouldering area and
minimized the amount of trails around them giving the vegetation more chance to grow
back; Marty took the third group up the old road where they narrowed it and restored
some vegetation. The crews worked for over three hours before breaking for lunch and
The evening fundraiser at Mill Creek Station was hosted by Roger and Mary Lou
Pettibone and was a tremendous success. Around 120 people attend the event, which
centered around a reading by John Long and music by the local band the Core Shots.
Both were excellent and everyone had a great time. Money was raised through donations
at the door and by an extensive raffle of swag contributed by many local and national
companies. In the end we raised about $800 for an AAC conservation fund for the
Most of the participants in the work party were locals or visiting boulderers. Similarly
the evening fundraiser attracted mainly locals. The role of the AAC was to facilitate the
event and support the locals, particularly Andrew Schurr of the Friends of the Inyo and
Sara Matisse, a one time AAC member. We hope she’ll join again when her knee has
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