Training for the Big Wall
The Wall Street Journal has an extreme sports corespondent. Who knew? Michael J. Ybarra offers a nice read into aid climbing and how he’s preparing for an eventual send of The Captain.
West Virginia May Get National Park
In December, the NPS will begin efforts to consider converting portions of the Monongahela National Forest into a national park. Via the Charleston Gazette, “Judy Rodd, executive director of the group Friends of Blackwater Canyon, said the proposed High Allegheny National Park would be formed from “lands in the northern area of the Monongahela National Forest, which is already federal land,” as well as Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley state parks.” The survey will take a year.
Central Florida surf breaks get signage
Surfers don’t like having breaks publicized. (See Surfline.com. *ducks*). I learned to surf at Patricks and Picnic Tables and Second Light and on the few occasions I ventured into the lineup by myself as a pasty kook from Upstate New York, I was able to see why the locals who grew up surfing alongside Kelly Slater may not want beginners like me flailing into the line-up. However, in smaller communities like Cocoa Beach and Melbourne, every surfer knows every break, so it’s not like these signs are unveiling the next Cortez Bank. Nevertheless, signs like these could end up attracting the bros from UCF and Orlando who feel their one lesson from Ron Jon’s and their cool NSP wall decor board has earned them a spot next to guys like the Colburn boys. Maybe. But probably not.