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AVP Boulders ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Jesse Cheers

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.

Help Bring back the AVP Boulders at Grayson Highlands!

Jesse Cheers

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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.

https://www.climbcentralappalachia.com/avp-boulders 

 

MSL Group Mtn Bike Rides!!!

Jesse Cheers

Join us every Thursday evening at 6:00pm at Sugar Hollow Park for some of the best single track mountain biking in the area. We will ride anywhere from 5-10 miles depending on the turn out and what the group wants to do.

New to the area or never been on the trails at Sugar Hollow? No problem, the group ride is a great place to learn all the trails as well as a great opportunity to meet other riders who are local to the area. 

New to Mountain Biking? We love to share our love for mountain biking with new riders and the group ride is for the riders! So no matter your skill level, we hope you wont feel intimidated to join us on every Thursday. Our group rides are a "no drop" style of ride meaning we won't run off and leave anyone in attendance. Most often we have an A and B group, Group A is for riders who are looking to ride as fast as possible while Group B offers a slower more relaxed ride through Sugar Hollows Trails!

*Some trails have changed and been added since this map was made*

Orvis 101 Fly Fishing Class

Jesse Cheers

This is your chance to learn from Orvis Endorsed Guides the basics of fly fishing, everything from which flies to select based on what type of fish your going after, the size line that will be successful for our local waters, casting techniques, and much more. The class is completely free and everyone is encouraged to attend because we love to fly fish and hope we can pass on our passion to you as well!
If you are interested in attending or want more info
 Give us a call at 276.466.8988 or email Jimmy@mtnsportsltd.com

MSL Wildfire Sale!

Jesse Cheers

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We hope you stay safe from the flames of local wildfires and hope we can help ease any problems these wildfires can create! Swing by Mountain Sports Ltd so you take advantage of some of the hottest deals of the year on Kayaks and Bikes! We have a huge inventory of bikes from cruisers to full suspension mountain bikes as well as kayaks for fishing, crossing the lake, or just something to float around on with your buddies! Swing by MSL and let us get you set up on the best gear around! Don't wait to long though because the Wildfire Sale ends Sunday November 20!

Thomas Sinemus getting an early morning paddle on the SoHo!

Jesse Cheers crossing a less than perfect swinging bridge while mtn biking in Guatemala!

MSL Fly Tying Classes are Starting Back!

Jesse Cheers

With the days getting shorter and fly boxes seeming empty after a summer of chasing rainbows and browns on the SoHo and Watauga, it's time for some fly tying! MSL Fly Tying Classes are Thursday evenings at 6:00pm and are open to anyone who is interested in fly fishing or anyone wanting to learn to tie. Don't be intimidated, whether it's your first time or you have been tying for years our expert staff will help you learn correct tying techniques and pass on knowledge of why they tie the way they do and how that translate to more success on the river! All materials are provided and completely FREE to attend but if you want to bring your own vise or other tying equipment it is encouraged. Hope to see you on Thursday!