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NIC's Outdoor Pursuits encourages climbing community to give back

North Idaho College's Outdoor Pursuits, in conjunction with the Kootenai Klimbers and the Spokane Mountaineers, is encouraging the community to give back to their local climbing area by participating in Adopt-A-Crag climbing crag cleanup at Q'emiln Riverside Park in Post Falls Sept. 10.

This event is part of Adopt-A-Crag Day, a nationwide day of improving, cleaning and celebrating local crags through volunteerism. Adopt-A-Crag is organized by the Access Fund, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the climbing environment.

Volunteers are needed to cleanup trash and chalk as well as perform light duty trail work at Q'emiln Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

After the crag cleanup, volunteers are welcome to stay for open rock climbing for all ability levels as well as drawings for prizes and a barbecue.

A van will leave from the front of Edminster Student Union Building on NIC's main campus at 9:45 a.m. Sept. 10 to transport those interested in volunteering.

The event is free and open to the community and is sponsored locally by NIC's Outdoor Pursuits, the Kootenai Klimbers and the Spokane Mountaineers. Prizes were donated by Mountain Gear, Mountain Goat and REI of Spokane. Free coffee will be provided by Java on Sherman.

Last year, Access Fund presented the Western U.S. Adopt-a-Crag of the Year Award to NIC for supporting Adopt-a-Crag Day in Post Falls. NIC's Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator Paul Chivvis and Rusty Bailli of the Kootenai Klimbers were chosen as recipients of the award, which also recognized the more than 50 volunteers that participated in the program.

Information: (208) 769-7809.


For More Information
Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator Paul Chivvis, (208) 769-7809



Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005

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