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Rock Town

We managed to squeeze in climbing days between the rainy spells. Highlights were bouldering, hiking, movies, New Years Eve, WalMart, Subway, sleeping, eating and just general fun.

 

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3 Cheers to Mike!

He is the founder of TAASC and was recently recognized by Outward Bound for his life-long work developing young people and his pioneering contribution to experiential education and the adventure industry. The Kurt Hahn award is the highest honor given by Outward Bound. You can read the full story here http://www.ncobs.org/news/83/

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Memorial Stone

Last night, we loaded up a large crew of kids and parents to retrieve the perfect stone for the Mary Hunter Daly Memorial Forest.

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Hawksbill Climbing

We had a good trip this weekend. Lots of hard climbing at Hawksbill then more doable routes on Sunday. It was a great warm-up to the Fall Climbing Season. Everyone’s climbing ability jumped up a notch!

 

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Mary Hunter Daly Memorial Forest

We had a very productive day working on the Mary Hunter Daly Memorial Forest. Everyone worked hard and we accomplished a lot.

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Lake James Family Campout

We had a blast at Lake James! Kayaking, kayak rolling, swimming, campfires, toasted marshmallows, eating, picking up trash service project, potluck, summer slide show, etc., all made for a fun time. 

Grabner Wars is an annual tradition. It takes place on the underside of an inflatable Grabner canoe. Kinda like an aquatic version of King of the Mountain. Extremely physical, leaving all participants sore and exhausted after hours of slippery wrestling! 🐋💦🏊 Yet ready for more the next day! 😂
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Kayak Rolling Info

Kayak Rolling is at the Lenoir Aquatic Center, Monday nights in March. Meet at the gym at 6pm to load boats, leave at 6:20pm. Bring $5 cash per person, no credit or debit cards accepted!

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Yukon Territory Expedition- Part I

Howdy! The first part of our expedition went very well as we explored the seldom visited Itsi Range. We drove 11 hours on gravel roads, bush planed to Fuller Lake, then heli hopped deeper into the range. It is highly likely that no one has ever visited the region we explored.
Yukon - Summit
The French-Canadian mountain guide who joined us for fun turned out to be a real asset. He taught the kids ice climbing, crevasse rescue, glacier travel, etc.
A first ascent of a beautiful Yukon Peak! Eight TAASC members and mountain guide, Éliel Bureau-LaFontane, on the summit. The ascent took all day and required all our skills and stamina.
The last day we hiked out about 5 miles back to Fuller Lake. It was one of the hardest days any of us have ever done. We had to first climb up 1,000′ out of our valley to reach a high pass, then down tough terrain to the lake. What made it so hard was the huge loads we were carrying. Lots of winter gear and climbing gear made for extremely heavy packs. But we made it!
We’re back in Whitehorse to resupply for the 10 day Teslin River trip.
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The End!

Reached the highway 701 takeout at 10:30 AM. Cleaned all the boats and gear and now dreaming of food we didn’t have…
Great trip. Great kids!!!
On to the beach house tomorrow!
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Rope Swing

We found this great rope swing today and everyone played on it for a long time.
We are in the woods again tonite, but it is nice. Just a few bugs, not bad. Not bad enough to zip the mosquito net door of a tent while a bunch of kids are playing cards after supper.
We are upstream of the Great Pee Dee River confluence with our river. Slightly ahead of schedule and will be in good shape to meet bus and Benita 6/22 around noon.
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Lumber River

photo 1 (1)We arrived at Fair Bluff, SC around 5:00 PM. Long drive. Locals told us of a fabulous, white sand beach about 1/4 mile upstream, so we paddled against the current and made camp early. The beach is beautiful. Apparently we will see lots of them because the river is low. Everyone is doing well. We head downstream tomorrow. More later.

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Annual Appalachian Trail Trip

We are all back home tonight.

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Everyone had a great experience and learned a lot!

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Warm and Toasty.

Everyone is doing great. Very cold up here. Probably zero wind chill. More photos to come!

Some folks are camping in the woods and some are out on the slab, guess who?

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They’re Out!

We’re out!Ellison's Fantastic Pit (1)
Great trip.
Another historical TAASC first!
Jacob, Will and Will did the 586′ deep Fantastic Pit with our caver friend Zooks, while the rest of group explored the Attic. 
Headed down the mountain to 20 degree night! 
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Mountain Rescue

Mountain RescueRecent Olders’ meeting practicing mountain rescue with a Horizontal Litter Lower system.

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Youngers’ Climbing Trip

Gingercake Climbing (2)We set up camp in a beautiful forest, ate lunch, then hiked across the top of the mountain to the climbing and rappelling area.Gingercake Climbing (1)         Lots of parents and Olders on the trip. Should be a great one!

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Mike’s Back!!!

We helicoptered out of the eastern sanctuary of Mt. Nirvana by the skin of our teeth! The weather was challenging, cold drizzle interspersed with beautiful, sunny days and snow. The helicopter pilot got all nine of us out, with gear, in 4 trips as the clouds swirled in and out of the valleys, making flying tricky.

We had a magnificent trip exploring the nearby valleys and cirques and all agreed that this was one of the most spectacular places any of us had ever seen. The feeling of true wilderness, where no human has ever been, was a huge factor.

The highlight was TAASC graduates, Isaac Hoff, Joey Thomas and Bryan Haslam, making the 5th ascent of Mt. Nirvana, the highest peak in the Northwest Territories. They climbed the mountain in 44 hours round trip from basecamp. Conditions were tough with lots of wet, cold water running on the rock pitches. They reached the summit at 8:00 PM on August 29, and we were able to photograph them waving. They then proceeded to rappel down all night arriving at their bivy site in the morning.

We look forward to getting back to North Carolina and enjoying some warmer weather!

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Heading Home!

Sierras, Yosemite (3)We left the wonderful world of Yosemite Valley this morning. The Valley spell definitely infected our crew, most everyone wanted to stay another 30 days. We climbed, ate, slept and did it all over again, day after day.
Sierras, Yosemite (1)
 Last night we watched the Search and Rescue program at the Yosemite Theatre. John Dill, the Chief Rescue Ranger of 40 years and an old friend of mine, narrated the show. It was very educational, even for our group. Some of our folks are really fired up about rescue now, so I guess we will be doing a lot of that training this year!
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Yosemite Life

We are getting used to this climbing life. Everyone wants to stay here photo 2another month. Today we climbed routes at the base of El Cap.            Great routes! Great fun!

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Summit!

Congratulations to the first TAASC team to ever climb Snake Dike on Half Dome, 8 pitches.Keeping Watch over Half Dome

Jacob Cioffoletti, Davis Clark, Will Soper, Will Wilson.

We just received word via radio from the summit of Half Dome that our tired climbers made it! Everyone is in good shape. Now they descend the cable ladders and hike 8 miles back down to the Valley floor.

Here is the support team at Glacier Point watching their progress, Half Dome is in the background.

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We’re Out!

of the Sierras. Everyone in great shape. seventeen days Sierras (12)of intense weather, forest fire smoke, heat, rain, the elation of reaching hard won summits, difficult elevation gains and losses, many nights living above 10,000 feet, trading food, 3 day solo without food, bivy on top of 12,300 foot Mt. Hooper, unbelievable scenery, mostly off trail hiking, forgetting the First Aid kit and Jacob, Sierras (6)Emory and Soper backtracking 9 miles at night to retrieve it (our heroes), a few minor tensions, but most importantly of all… everyone came out of the Sierras as good friends with the feeling of accomplishing an amazing expedition together in good style!

 

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Sierras Bound!

We are now at the airport and are awaiting our flight to California.

Sierras Bound! (2)

No hurrying, everyone Sierras Bound! (1)relaxed, yet so excited we had to issue Pampers ( get it? So excited, they are peeing in their pants! ). Just kidding:~.
It’s going to be an amazing trip!

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TAASC Open House Fundraiser

Join us for our Open House Fundraiser

Friday, May 31st, 4pm – 6pm

Tour the climbing gym, see videos and photos of past trips, listen to members and graduates tell about their experiences.

Enjoy our Baked Goods and Lemonade sale and help “Bail Out” one of the Treehouse Prisoners

Wanna see more? Come join us for a fun evening.

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Green River Kayak Trip

Howdy! Green River Kayak (1)
We had a great kayak trip down the lower Green River and we were joined by the Lackey family of 6!

Green River Kayak (2)

 

 

The Green was running well with all the recent rain and everyone learned a lot, but we were reminded that we have a lot more teaching to do to raise everyone’s skill levels.

Unfortunately, I did not get any action photos, because we hurried down the river to avoid the afternoon storm, but here are the before and after shots.

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Paradise Found!

Cedar Rock (3)

Armed with a new guidebook, we climbed

two amazing areas this weekend. This area requires an hour long hike in through beautiful forests and offers tons of routes. We have just scratched the surface and everyone wants to return ASAP.

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Inner Peaks

We had a neat weekend of variety. Saturday we went to Inner Peaks Climbing Gym in Charlotte. Saturday night we met some scientists at the south end of Linville Gorge.
Then most of the kids slept in porta-ledges in our gym. Sunday morning Gennifer H brought us breakfast! Asheville TAASC joined us all weekend and all the kids had a blast!

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Banff Film Festival

The Banff Film Festival was incredible last night. Everyone absolutely loved it and can’t wait til tonite’s show. We set up camp around 11:00 PM and everyone was up early to climb today. Even though we had a steep 45 minute hike up the mountain to reach the Fate Osteen cliffs, we had a ton of climbs set up by the time Asheville TAASC arrived. We are now a group of 36! The weather is fantastic for climbing and the views are amazing! More later…

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Sierras Trip Meeting!

Thursday, Feb. 28th at 7:00 PM.

We will have a meeting of expedition members and their parents at the gym to talk about the upcoming Sierras and Yosemite trip. Interested others are invited as well. We hope to show you a virtual tour of the proposed route on the big screen with Google Earth. You will be amazed by the beautiful country that this 17 day route covers.
All TAASC families are encouraged to attend, especially parents of the Youngers to develop an appreciation of the progression of skills and experience needed to tackle the greater adventures.

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We did it !!!

Service Project – Moving RockService Project 3

Twenty- four parents and kids worked to near exhaustion, but we completed the service project by 3:00 PM. Everyone worked really, really hard. It was a very impressive display of perseverance and teamwork!

Congratulations and thanks to all who turned out in cold conditions!

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Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!

THERE WILL BE NO THURSDAY MEETINGS ON DECEMBER 20 AND 27 DUE TO THE HOLIDAYS AND THE ANNUAL BOULDERING TRIP
Have a wonderful holiday season with friends and family!!!
Mike Fischesser
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