weber wrote:Any time... all the time. Muir Valley saw over 14,000 visitor days last year. That's about 150% of PMRP attendance. Three weeks ago we had 102 cars on Saturday and 925 visitors over the three-day weekend.cliftongifford wrote:When is it exactly that you're needing help?
And, this year has seen explosive growth. We wouldn't be surprised if 18,000 of you all drop in during 2010.
Liz and I are finding it more and more time consuming to shoulder almost all of the maintenance, parking lot attending, restroom cleaning, etc. And the expenses are growing significantly. This is a big place with a lot of rock climbing activity at no charge. We appreciate all the help we can get.
Those interested can PM us.
Rick and Liz
Both.SCIN wrote:Wow, Rick, it sounds like you and Liz are getting buried. You need a ton of volunteers to keep up with this. Do you think it would help to have a FOMV fundraiser or something like that to help with the expenses or is the help more of a concern?
On a busy weekend (which, so far is every one of them!) Liz and I spend much of our time manning the parking lot, scrubbing restrooms, pulling visitors' cars out of ditches, picking up trash, grading and graveling roads, cleaning and repairing culverts and bridges, weeding trails, babysitting Boy Scout and gym kid mobs, trying to keep newbies from killing themselves, etc. We could really use a break, on Saturdays, especially, to take care of personal business and enjoy the Valley ourselves, if a few volunteers could occasionally help with these tasks.
We never anticipated that Muir would grow to see more attendance than any other privately-owned climbing venue in the Eastern U.S. Liz and I appreciate climbers making contributions to the Friends of Muir Valley. But, these donations are comprised of very generous gifts by a handful and nothing from the vast majority of visitors. To date, the donations overall have averaged less than fifteen cents per visitor. That doesn't go very far toward building and maintaining the infrastructure required to accommodate that many visitors.
Countless climbers have approached us in the Valley to say "thanks" and added that they have made donations to RRGCC to help support Muir.
(For those readers who aren't aware, none of the donations to RRGCC have ever gone to MV or FoMV.)
We would like to make it clear that we have received fantastic support, in the form of donations and hard work from a handful of great guys and gals. But their numbers pale in comparison to the large majority of non-contributing visitors.
What is climbing in Muir Valley worth to you? That's for each of you to decide.
Rick and Liz