Indian Creek BBQ Event Follow-Up!
By Jim Donini
Last Saturday 70 volunteers (up from 50 last year) wielded shovels, drills and rakes, channeling their inner carpenter, stonemason or horticulturist at the 4th annual AAC stewardship event at Indian Creek. Leading the charge was my wife Angela who hand formed 54 bison burgers loaded with chopped garlic, spent 2 and1/2 hours making mounds of homemade potato salad, drove to Olathe to purchase the last of their famous corn AND helped design the configuration of the new group site in Creek Pasture in addition to being the events, on the site, number one cheerleader.
The weather on Friday was frightful but a rainbow that evening was a harbinger of better days to come.
We met with Bob Lever and the rest of the BLM staff at 8:30 am to get our marching orders. Bob had interesting, creative projects replete with the tools to do them and all participants received a 2012 Volunteer Day t-shirt.
Tom Bowker, above photo, came all the way from Maine to get schooled in crack climbing (he did great) and lend a hand building new tent platforms at Hamburger Rock. Tom had been a participant in last year’s AAC/Alpine Club of Iran exchange.
There were four projects: Hamburger Rock, creating a group site at Creek Pasture, building rock steps up to 4by4 Wall, and creating new sites at Super Bowl.
The rain the night before softened the soil and made the moving dirt at Creek Pasture a lot easier.
Rocks needed moving too.
Channeling the “inner carpenter” refurbishing picnic tables and building fences.
A sculptress at work. Gina, from El Dorado Springs, got down and dirty.
The work day is ending and the troops are regathering for the bison burger barbecue with a veggie burger option.
Everyone seemed stoked with their accomplishments and brought big appetites to the barbeque. The projects had real tangible results that gave participants a sense of pride and accomplishment.
The burgers were cooked by Tim Eihausen, Ouray’s best chef. AAC member Darrin Reay (above) exhibited his backcountry expertise with some luscious Olathe corn.
A variety of adult beverages were consumed around the campfire which was kept burning until 3:00 am by students from Western State University in Gunnison- youth will be served.
As promised, I conducted a crack climbing clinic the next day at Super Crack Buttress. Of course that meant getting a rope up on Supercrack itself.
Tom Bowker on Gorilla Crack.
The event was sponsored by the West Slope Section of the American Alpine Club with great support from the Access Fund, the Rocky Mountain Field Institute and, most importantly, the 70 hard working and hard playing people who came.
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