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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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