With the consultation of experienced local trail builders, we have purchased tools like winches and hoists that will help us with the more technical aspects of trail building, giving us the ability to move big rocks to help stabilize and make steps on slopes and talus on the long approach to the Antlion cliff. Ethan, a previous GCC board member, has volunteered with the Dick Williams trail crew for many years, working on the approach trails in the Trapps. Matt, who is current GCC board member, volunteered with the co-founder of the Jolly Rovers crew, a highly skilled volunteer trail building crew, who had been working on the stone steps and trail below the Stairmaster parking lot. Ethan and Matt can provide the knowledge of how to build stable approach trails that will last a long time.
Since board members Jannette and Matt lived the closest to the cliff, the equipment was sent there, and then we can bring it up to the crag. It was like a trail builder’s Christmas, with the boxes arriving over the weekend. We’ll need to get a large box that we can use to store the equipment, and locate it closer to the cliff for easy access while we work on the trails.
This is just one example of the additional expenses beyond the price of the land that your donation dollars will help with. We have much bigger expenses coming up, and lots more money to raise. Please help us out by donating to our GoFundMe campaign, as well as joining or renewing your joint Access Fund / Gunks Climbers’ Coalition membership. You can also set up Amazon Smile to make the GCC your favorite charity and Amazon will donate to the GCC with each purchase you make on their site.