I'm not a very productive person overall so gettin' stuff done usually takes me a while. At the opposite end of the spectrum is our unofficial mayor of Fayetteville, Gene Kistler. Gene knows how to get stuff done. Here's a picture of Gene with the new Bubba City signboard that was installed this morning. This sign was built using NRAC funds and will soon contain info on how to get into Bubba, maps, access issues, etc. We had a sturdy crew to hoist that thing which probably weighed 700 pounds. Concrete was poured, shit was talked, then we headed over to the Bridge Buttress to work on the staircase used to access the top.
The staircase has been on ongoing project that Gene says we've been working on for "twenty years". Everytime it pours rain a torrent of water rushes down the gully and eventually erodes the slope and the stairs start to shift. We need bigger rocks!
Robbie was the hero of the day with his elaborate haul system. Huge rocks were hoisted into the sky and hauled to the top of the gulley where BJ the mason was ready to shift them into place.
Gene's job was to tie into the haul line and jump off the top of the cliff. I took this picture fully expecting him to eat it into the ground at top speed but the rocks proved to be heavier than Gene.
It required more hauling. When Lilah barked the order everyone tugged and the rock shifted up the hill as Gene slowly descended back to earth. In just a few hours we made good headway on the project and hopefully this task is nearing finality. We had a great time and at the end of the day we got to reflect on just how much NRAC has done for the climbing community. Particularly Gene and Maura Kistler and Kenny Parker who've been doing this since the beginning. Literally over twenty years of making the New a better place to live and climb.
One thing I did manage to get done recently is to bolt two new lines at the Meadow. This beautiful white wall has somehow managed to remain untouched though I know many have thought about it. For those that are familiar, the two lines I bolted are just left of Matt Fanning's project Phone Home which is itself a brilliant looking line that still awaits a redpoint. The two to the left will be equally as classic and I can't wait to chalk the holds this weekend. The middle line is for Colinator. Probably in the 12b to 12d range. The left line looks a bit more difficult and may be in the 13a to c range. Can't wait!
Parting shot: Here is Elissa ending her 8 year reign as a full vegeterian. For health reasons she decided to start eating meat. She dabbled with fish a little and succeeded then moved up to a single bite of bacon.
And here she is trying not to throw up. It didn't take. Maybe next time Colley!