Big thanks to everyone around the community who gathered at the South Holston River yesterday to take part in the cleanup! The weather was absolutely fantastic for the event and we left the river a cleaner, better place for all outdoor enthusiasts.
The Roundup starts off on Friday night, March 16th, with the Fly Fishing Film Tour held at the Holston River Brewing Company (2623 Volunteer Pkwy, Bristol, TN 37620).
Doors open at 4pm -- shows start at 6pm.
All proceeds from ticket sales go towards river cleanup efforts, any remaining proceeds are donated to Cherokee and Overmountain Chapters of Trout Unlimited for coldwater conservation and education.
Tickets are available online for $10/ea or at a local outfitter...cough Mountain Sports Ltd cough!
Film Tour door prizes (i.e. guided trips, fishing gear, etc) will be on hand for those attending the film showing.
Saturday, March 17th is the River Cleanup Roundup which is partnering with the Bill Beazell Memorial cleanup of the Watagua. There will be two location to meet for river cleanup opportunities:
1. Watauga River - meets @ 8:30am, Ingles parking lot (768 W Elk Ave, Elizabethton, TN 37643)
2. South Holston River - meets @ 8:30am. Weir Dam parking lot (Holston View Dam Rd, Bristol, TN)
Participants can walk the banks, wade the river, or bring their own watercraft to float and clean that day. Trash bags and gloves will be provided by Tennessee Valley Authority and there will be drop off dumpsters at specific locations. Cleaning will wrap up around 2:30pm.
Following the the cleanup, celebrations for participants will be held on both rivers. Watauga River participants will meet at the Watauga River Lodge (643 Smalling Rd) and South Holston participants will meet at the Osceola Island Picnic Area. All Participants will receive a free meal and be entered for prize drawings.
Note: The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy will be at the Watauga River Lodge as a guest speaker.
Sunday March 18th is the SoHo 2-Man Fly Fishing Tournament. The tournament is a competition between two person fly fishing teams. The entry fee is $50/team. Prizes are provided for the top 3 teams! Contact Jon Hooper at 423-747-7366 to register and/or have questions.
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Abrams Falls is one of those places we love to visit on a hot summer day but it would take over two weeks of cold weather in the dead of winter to set up the beautiful frozen water fall that sat in front of us as we descended down the trail into the canyon that is home to Abrams Falls. Though we had hiked here several times before, it was almost unrecognizable with an ice mound extending from the base of the waterfall all the way to the roof! It was a beautiful hike and well worth braving the cold temps to witness a frozen over Abrams Falls!
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From our family to yours, we hope you have a Merry Christmas. We can't thank you enough for being a part of the MSL family this year! We love what we do and it is only possible with great customers who enter our doors every day who are as excited as we are for their next adventure! Thank you for believing in Mountain Sports Ltd. We are blessed to share Christmas with many customers over the years who come back to see us and we are fortunate to have the new customers we get to meet each day! We appreciate you all! From everybody at MSL, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition (CACC) and Access Fund are pleased to announce the purchase of the AVP Boulders in Grayson Highlands, Virginia for permanent conservation and climbing access. Access Fund and CACC secured a purchase agreement in September and the climbing community helped raise over $14,000, enabling CACC to complete the purchase.
“The collective action and support from the climbing community, climbing advocacy organizations, the State Park and private landowners have been tremendous,” says CACC Vice President Aaron Parlier. “Protecting these wonderful boulders and keeping access open for generations to come is something that we can all be tremendously proud of.”
The AVP Boulders offer some of the most coveted and popular bouldering in Grayson Highlands, with over 50 problems and an easy roadside approach. The steep, powerful bouldering on crimpy, interesting features is nestled in a gorgeous Appalachian setting. But in 2016, the private landowners closed the boulders due to liability concerns and their interest in selling the 29-acre property, which included both their home and the boulders.
Over the last year, CACC and Access Fund worked with the landowners to negotiate a formal agreement to survey, appraise, and complete the purchase of the 1.3 acre-tract that contains the boulders and the roadside access point.
“Thanks to the incredibly dedicated volunteers of CACC, we have protected one of the crown jewels of Grayson Highlands bouldering,” says Zachary Lesch-Huie, Access Fund Southeast Regional Director. “We’re proud to partner with CACC on yet another climbing access win in Central Appalachia."
With the purchase complete, CACC will work to maintain the boulder field through regular stewardship and trail building events. At some point in the future, CACC may consider transferring the property to the adjoining Grayson Highlands State Park, where bouldering is a welcome and well-established activity.
"Virginia State Parks are very excited about the Access Fund and Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition's support of the bouldering resources at Grayson Highlands and providing this recreational opportunity to park visitors,” says Grayson Highlands State Park Director Harvey Thompson.
While the purchase is complete, CACC is still accepting donations to cover stewardship and future steps in the AVP Boulders’ long-term protection. Donate today at:www.climbcentralappalachia.com/avpboulders.
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Hey folks! Donations to the Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition for purchasing the AVP Boulders have been fantastic! They still have a long way to go to reach their goal of $14,000 so please help support this initiative for preserving access to these fantastic boulders. We cant get this done without continued support from the climbing community and thank you SO MUCH for everyone who has donated already and cheers to those who are about to do so! Lets make it happen! You can find the link to the CACC donations page below.