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First Climbing Trip for Newest Youngers

The first, offi­cial climb­ing trip for the new gen­er­a­tion of Youngers was a hoot, literally!

The Saturday/​Sunday trip arrived at my cabin on the edge of Linville Gorge where the Men­tors and Trip Lead­ers taught the Youngers how to select and pitch camp in the woods. Then Nina gave a wildlife talk that included saw whet owls, barred owls, a great horned owl, fly­ing squir­rels and a bobcat.

The rest of the day was spent on a long, four-​​hour loop hike in the gorge that included an old, moonshiner’s still, a bear wal­low­ing hole and lots of other inter­est­ing things. After cook­ing din­ner it was dark and pretty cold, so every­one turned in early.

After break­fast on Sun­day we hiked to Amelia’s Cave (the site where Amelia Clark spent her three-​​day solo). Then back to the gym and a hilar­i­ous and very wet bus wash­ing. It was a great trip and every­one is look­ing for­ward to the next one in Novem­ber. Big thanks to the trip lead­ers and men­tors for a good job!

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Collecting Old Glass Soda Bottles

The weather was pretty cold and windy in the moun­tains on Sun­day, so we decided it was too cold to climb and we went to Short Off Moun­tain instead to retrieve a huge pile of old 1960s era glass soda bottles.

We hiked to the top, stashed our climb­ing gear (in case the weather changed) and con­tin­ued north for another two miles. It was a per­fect day for a hike – cold, windy and sunny with tremen­dous views of Linville Gorge and Lake James. The pond was full on top of the mountain!

We had seen the pile of bot­tles on one of the gorge hikes last year and had vowed to return. It was nice to check that small ser­vice project off our list. Appar­ently, there was quite a hunt­ing camp on the north end of Short Off back in the 1960s when a four-​​wheel drive vehi­cle could work its way up from Wolf Pit Road and travel along the top. We ended the day back at the bus at about 5 p.m.

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Big Sweep on Wilson Creek

Well, we had another week­end of great activ­ity. On Sat­ur­day, about 30 TAASC peo­ple turned out to help with the Big Sweep. Luck­ily Wil­son Creek (No kin to Will Wil­son!) wasn’t as trashy as past years, but the teams still man­aged to col­lect a pickup truck full of garbage.

Then on Sun­day we went climb­ing on the North Ridge of Table Rock and a cool, secret area called “Dragon’s Lair.”

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