Right at the start of the day, I was upset with what we were seeing throughout the woods. It started at the Saccharine Boulder. Numerous trees had been cut down and left right where the culprit did their dirty work. Many of these trees were nowhere near the boulder itself leading me to believe/hope that it was not the work of a fellow climber. The same was seen over the The Stoner boulder right in the main bouldering area. I urge everyone who frequents this area to climb...if you know who is doing this please inform them that it is illegal and that this sort of activity can/will jeopordize our access to climb at Nine Corners Lake. DEC rangers will be in the woods during the bouldering competition and the last thing that we want them to see is any destruction of the forest.
On a positive note, despite all of the rain from Thursday, the boulders were relatively dry and the climbing was decent up there Saturday. I met up with Zac and Andy at the trailhead and we heading up the trail to eventually meet up with Banta and Pooler. A few hours later another sizeable crew showed up to climb as well. It was by far the most people I have seen bouldering at once at Nine Corners Lake...something I have been hoping to see for quite some time now. The "Cave Boulder" looked like an indoor session for an hour or two an numerous climbs were repeated by climbers.
Keep spreading the work about the upcoming competition and lets hope that Irene didn't do too much damage to the Caroga Lake forests.
And now a quick media update:
A whole bunch of action at "The Cave" boulder
"The Saccharine" boulder standing tall in the woods