Sunday, November 23, 2014
The new Smoke Hole Canyon guide books are being mailed out this week, again, as they were for the last two weeks, along with PHAR/UP Smoke Hole ROCKS t-shirts.
If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, you may be out of luck, getting either one.
This author decided that West Virginia already had one too many guidebooks that were published and nationally distributed that included a troubled access crag. The author who wrote that guide and climbing shops that sold it made a nice profit, and the climbing community was left to pay for and clean up the mess.
I'll leave that kind of thing to the folks in Meadow River.
So, for now, the only people getting their hands on the guide will be the people who pre-ordered by backing the Kickstarter campaign.
Want that to change?
Then I'm asking you to tell your Access advocates and affiliates that it is time to stop sitting on the fence about Franklin Gorge.
To tell them that having regional coordinators who do little more than disparage the abilities of volunteers and veto trail work is worse than having no coordinators at all.
To tell them that AF members shouldn't trespass on private cliffs, even if they are guides.
Tell the Access Fund, MACC and all the rest of your advocates that, when it comes to impact, "don't ask, don't tell" doesn't work... it never has and it never will.
They're your membership fees and your crags- wouldn't some accountability be nice?