On Saturday, May 28, 2011, Hall Siding Adopt-a-Crag: a work party of 11 Kootenay climbers braved the rain and completed a two year project that greatly improved the access trails and belay stances at the Hall Siding rock climbing area south of Nelson.
As any Real Man knows, a work party needs lots of power tools, and this project didn't disappoint: chain saws, grinders, skilsaws, and various drills were supplemented by some serious human earthmovers. Earth was moved, rocks stacked, bolts placed, chain cut and stairs built on the upper central and right-hand areas of the crag. The new stairs and platforms were added to help control erosion at the base of the climbs and create safe belay stances. The work has opened up access for new areas of the cliff and there is now a race between Nelson route developers to put up new lines there.
The day after the work party, Gravity Climbing Centre kindly offered free climbing to all work party participants, and there was a draw for cool gear generously donated by ROAM Shop (Nelson), Valhalla Pure Nelson, Outdoor Research (care of sponsored athlete Margo Talbot), Petzl, Mountain Equipment Co-op and the Access Society.
Funds for the project were donated by the Access Society and TAWKROC.