Johnny and Alex Trail Day 2008 wrap-up

August 6th, 2008 by Sandy Davies

We had a great turnout for this year’s Johnny and Alex Trail Day. No official head count, but we are guesstimating there were about 65 people out doing hard labor this year. The amount of work and the quality of that work is truly remarkable!

The 4th Annual JATD

More than 65 people joined the RRGCC to celebrate and work on the fifth annual JATD. Photo: Wes Allen

Major work was accomplished at the popular crag known as The Shire where two existing trails were closed and replaced with a new trail that also reroutes access to the popular 5.11 “Amarillo Sunset”. The base of this crag was also shored up with landscaping timbers and logs. A new trail was built to the North 40 crag. Climbers wanting to go from The Shire to North 40 are asked to go back down to the main trail instead of shortcutting across the drainage. A new trail was also built at Drive-by crag that replaces the old steep stairs from the road. Finally, a mountain biking loop was completed from the Sore Heel Parking lot that provides another form of human powered recreation on the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve.
We want to thank everyone who came out and made this happen, as well as our generous sponsors!

It wasn't all hard work. Photo: Wes Allen

All pictures courtesy of Wes Allen.

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One Response to “Johnny and Alex Trail Day 2008 wrap-up”

  1. Bill Says:

    I was truly amazed at the amount of work done in one day. After meeting in the Sore Heel lot at 9:00 am it was at least 9:30 before work started in earnest. By about 3:30 pm all the work was done and I was truly blown away by the quantity and quality of work after walking all the new trails. I am totally psyched about the mountain biking trail. I know alot of climbers bike and that there are many bikers that come to the Gorge area from Kentucy, Ohio, & Indiana. Thanks everyone who was there for all your work and to our sponsors for supporting this great event that honors the legacy of Johnny & Alex.

    Bill Strachan. Executive Director
    RRGCC