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how's the road?

Post by shclair » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:17 am

Hello everyone- headed down from Maine next saturday for a week of climbing. Hooray! Anyway, was wondering if anyone knows how are the conditions of the gravel road for access to the Gallery? I was told it can get pretty nasty and you might want a vehicle with clearance. Any concerns?

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Re: how's the road?

Post by dustonian » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:37 am

Road is bad right now. Plan on walking from the Motherlode if you don't have high clearance.

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Re: how's the road?

Post by Monty » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:38 am

We took a rear wheel drive delivery style van all the way the other day no problems, just take your time.

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Re: how's the road?

Post by dustonian » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:42 am

If you have clearance. The initial hill is severely rutted out and a regular passenger car or sedan won't cut it.

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Re: how's the road?

Post by Andrew » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:46 am

This is good news for you. Now you know that you are guaranteed an adventure.
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Re: how's the road?

Post by Willy » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:13 am

Whoever got back there with a van has some skills. Your best bet is to park in the motherlode parking area and continue to hike down the road for another five minutes until you see trail on the right marked by an obvious small wooden bridge. This will get you the sore heel parking area in the same amount of time as it takes to drive there, and as a plus its an enjoyable hike on a mostly flat trail.

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Re: how's the road?

Post by Andrew » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:58 am

I know this is about to hijack the thread and maybe it deserves its own, but with the suggestions from people about parking at the motherlode parking for sore hell, I feel it is warranted.

I agree that suggesting parking at the lode parking is a good idea, I am wondering if there needs to be something done about the parking situation around the lode. It used to be that the parking there was enough for just the lode, then it became crowded for just the lode, then it became insufficient for the lode and choco, then choco blew up, then it was completely insufficient, then people started parking there for sore heel, then Bear's Den opened, and now we are about to see the parking trying to support all that climbing.

What used to be parking for a handful of hard climbers is now parking for Sore Heel, Choco factory (largest single crag), Motherlode (second largest single crag), and Bears Den. I am not sure what can be done to help this but the parking needs to be addressed. Sore Heel parking is also not adequate. Obviously making more parking and improving the rode is going to bring more people and I am fine with leaving it the way it is, but maybe its in the communities best interest to create a solution.
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Re: how's the road?

Post by dustonian » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:08 pm

+1

There is a definite problem here in March, April, October, and November anyway.

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Re: how's the road?

Post by Andrew » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:17 pm

And its only going to get worse with the opening of the bears den, crappy road, and maybe with increase use of flat hollow. Not sure where you are supposed to park for flat hollow.
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Re: how's the road?

Post by dustonian » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:22 pm

Flat Holler needs a parking lot for sure... ideal location for accessing everything. I think this was in the coalition's works but haven't heard much about it in a while.

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Re: how's the road?

Post by climb2core » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:30 pm

While not as glamorous as new land, perhaps fixing the roads and parking for the PMRP should be a priority.

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Re: how's the road?

Post by Cromper » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:45 pm

climb2core wrote:While not as glamorous as new land, perhaps fixing the roads and parking for the PMRP should be a priority.

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Re: how's the road?

Post by dustonian » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:46 pm

Either that or a private security firm to maintain vehicular safety in the nether regions of Lee County... maybe Blackwater is available.

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Re: how's the road?

Post by businessprofessional » Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:11 pm

When you are headed down into the PMRP you pass a field on the right, just before the main hill leading into the valley. Are you allowed to park there if the load lot is full?

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Re: how's the road?

Post by DriskellHR » Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:29 pm

As far as parking lots are concerned we are in the process of planning new parking and expanded parking in key areas. Its just a matter of logistics time and money. We have a tentative time frame of the week of 25th (weather permitting) to do road repairs and maintenance. we currently have a plan in place to repair road to sore heel (including initial hill and hill just before the parking lot) as well as the road to coal bank. I assure you repairs and infrastructure are a top priority.

that is all we have scheduled. As soon as I can get the roads squared away for the spring we will begin addressing the parking issues. we agree that more parking may be needed however we need to be careful not to put more parking than a particular area can handle (I.E. you don't park 50 cars at a crag that can handle the impact 25 people)

to my knowledge the land at the top of the main hill is NOT OURS parking there might get you towed. there used to be a cable fence and a no parking sign.

On a side not a spring trail day is in the works, more info very soon.

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