2013/14 Winter Meeting

On December 12, 2013, in Upcoming Meetings, by SoCoCRAG

SoCO CRAG’s 2013/14 Winter Meeting will be held Thursday,  January 23, 2014 at 6pm.    See you for  food, drinks and talk of  rock, boulders and ice.  We’ll be planning this spring’s climbing comp, trips,  ideas for community outreach and updates on Beddows Dome and other access. See you at Manhattans Pizza, HWY 50.

Bring a friend,
Ben Bruestle
Pueblo, CO

719-924-4297

 

2014, 2nd Annual Climbing Competition

On December 12, 2013, in Event Reports, by SoCoCRAG

 

 

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The 2nd Annual SoCO CRAG / Pueblo YMCA  Community Climbing Competition was a huge success. The comp grew to 35 competitors. All ages and abilities  competed on Sunday Feb 16, 2014 at the Pueblo YMCA climbing wall. Women’s Grand Champion is Isabella Montoya and Men’s Grand Champion Will Frindle. Top scorers in the Youth Division are Kyla Garrison, Aubreyana Ruybol, Silvia Bertoud andAlex Krenz. Teen placers are Azaria Segall, Sage Martin and Kaitlen Smith. Adult placers are Drake Dinero, Rebecca Bersagel and Dane Gomez. Rock Jock placers are Adam, Nick and Amber. The Master’s class placers are Kurt Bersagel, Randy Rerth, Jeremy Kastner, Holly Bruestle, Renee Hildebrandt and Laura. We appreciate all the event  donors  and sponsors: Red Chili, Mad Rock, Sterling Rope, Black Diamond, Pikes Peak Alpine School, Wendy’s, Subway, The Edge. Prizes were awarded to top finishers in the youth, Junior, Rock Jock, and Masters  divisions. SoCO CRAG thanks all the CSU-P  volunteers that helped route set. A big thanks to all the SoCO CRAG volunteers that helped judge and belay: Adam, Alex, James, Jeff, Jason, Jarrett.

 

Beddows Dome Update-October 2013

On September 18, 2013, in News, by SoCoCRAG

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The State Land Board wants to hold off on making a decision about allowing climbing at Beddows Dome until Parks & Wildlife are able to assess the raptor situation. The State Land Board is giving Parks & Wildlife until July 2014 to complete the raptor study. We will be working with the other land users during that time to find an access solution that works for all parties involved.

 

2013 Tanner Dome Adopt a Crag

On August 18, 2013, in Event Reports, by SoCoCRAG

IMG_0761 IMG_0747 IMG_0748 IMG_0762IMG_0763 SoCO CRAG’s fourth annual Adopt a Crag was  held Saturday, September 7, 2013 . 30 volunteers including  SoCo CRAG members, CSU-Pueblo Outdoor Pursuits leaders, international students and local climbers met with the Forest Service trail crew and worked on the East Bear Gulch trail below Tanner Dome.   Water bars were constructed,  scrub oak was cut back, and trash was cleaned. Thanks to James Lopez for supplying Taste of Philly wraps for lunch. We reconvened Saturday night for a cookout, campfire and camping  at the nearby Oak Creek Campground. Thanks to the American Alpine Club and CSU-P Outdoor Pursuits for cosponsoring the cookout. Thanks to Outdoor Pursuits Director Scott Robertshaw for bringing over 20 volunteers and manning the burger and braut grill. Sunday,  CSU-Pueblo Outdoor Pursuits  treated everyone to breakfast before heading back up to Tanner Dome. The day was spent enjoying the fruits of our labors climbing on Tanner Dome.

 

 

Beddows Mountain Access Update

On July 10, 2013, in News, by SoCoCRAG

 

The Colorado State Land Board  has received the Recreational Use application for Beddows Mountain. The Land Board will be meeting sometime in 2014 to discuss SoCO CRAG’s/Access Fund’s case of allowing rock climbing at Beddows Dome. SoCO CRAG and the Access Fund are asking for an introductory four year lease. The lease fee is $500 per year to the Land Board. In the next few weeks the Land Board will be doing an on site survey of Beddows Mountain. The Land Board is also taking comments from both current leases, Colorado Parks and Wildlife  and The Five Star Ranch.
 

Spring First Ascents

On April 13, 2013, in Event Reports, by SoCoCRAG

IMG_5255IMG_5260SoCO CRAGgers had a great time climbing new lines May 4, 2013. A private property owner in Rye, CO  opened his virgin cliffs and boulders to 10 climbers for one day only this spring. New toprope, boulder and highball problems were put up on beautifully patinaed  sandstone cliffs. The day finished off with grilled burgers back at the landowners cabin. We look forward to returning this autumn.

 

2013 Spring Meeting

On March 22, 2013, in Upcoming Events, by SoCoCRAG

SoCO CRAG’s 2013 Spring Meeting will be held Thursday ,  April 11 at 6pm.    See you at Manhattans Pizza Hwy 50 for  food, drinks and talk of  climbing.  I look forward to planning next year’s projects, trips,  ideas for community outreach and updates on local access.

Bring a friend,
Ben Bruestle
Pueblo, CO

719-924-4297

 

Spring 2013 Climbing Competition

On February 8, 2013, in Event Reports, by SoCoCRAG

The SoCO CRAG / Pueblo YMCA Community Climbing Competition held March 3, 2013 at the Pueblo YMCA climbing wall was a success. Thanks to SoCO CRAGers Jason Wilson, and James Lopez along with the CSU-P Climbing Club and the YMCA climbing staff for the great routes they set. Also, thanks to all the raffle prize sponsors: The Edge: Ski, Paddle, and Pack; Chipotle, Wendy’s, and the Access Fund. 15 youth and adults cranked stiff boulder and toprope routes for three hours. Prize ribbons were then awarded to the top three finishers in the youth and adult divisions. A good time was had by all. See you at the competition this autumn.

 

2013 Winter Meeting

On December 4, 2012, in Upcoming Events, by SoCoCRAG

SoCO CRAG’s 2013 Winter Meeting will be held Wednesday,  January 9 at 6pm.    See you at Manhattans Pizza Hwy 50 for  food, drinks and talk of  climbing.  I look forward to planning next year’s projects, trips,  ideas for community outreach and updates on local access.

Bring a friend,
Ben Bruestle
Pueblo, CO

719-924-4297

 

2012 Adopt-a-Crag

On August 26, 2012, in Event Reports, by SoCoCRAG

SoCO CRAG’s third annual Adopt-a-Crag  was held  Sunday, October 21, 2012 .  A group of dedicated Wet Mountain climbers from Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Canon City met at 9:30 Sunday morning. They quickly moved to clearing and brushing the trail to the Sub -C Wall and the C Wall. This was the most TLC these trails had seen since there creation a decade ago.  A delicious lunch was provided by Taste of Philly.  Nelson was presented with a new 70 meter rope as token of appreciation for all his route development in the area. Volunteer T-shirts and trail snacks were provided by Chipopachui and the Access Fund.   The afternoon concluded with climbing at the Sub-C Wall on a gorgeous October day. A great time was had by all.