Over 250 Lend Their Muscles to the 26th Smith Rock Spring Thing
April 29, 2018
Starting at 7:30, they lined up at the registration tables to get on work teams to help restore trails, build retaining walls, weed and plant, pick up trash, and more. Over 250 volunteers of all ages, mostly from the rock climbing community came from local areas, but also from over the mountain passes and even other states. Their single focus? To give back to a park they love. Through early morning freezing temperatures, to baking in the sun restoring trails, hauling materials up and down steep trails, and then getting poured on from rain, they smiled and worked tirelessly in teams for hours.
At the end of the day everyone retreated to a barn on park management property to share stories of the day as they slacklined, did yoga, drank beer, and mingled with area sponsors in anticipation of the burrito fest that awaited. A sudden downpour sent everyone inside the barn, where they lined up as volunteers kept refilling the burrito buffet line for the hungry "Spring Thingers."
Following a series of announcements from the park and local volunteer organizations, the volunteers cheered as a slide show capturing the work of the day detailed their efforts.
After a movie and talk about other local climbing spots, the raffle and auction of all kinds of gear goodies from local sponsors got the crowd excited for a chance to win and get great deals on new climbing stuff. And SRG got more funding to do this again next year. (see inset on The Smith Rock Group)
And so the Spring Thing cycle continues...