Shelf Road Adopt a Crag

When: Saturday, September 26, 2020 (all day)
Where: Shelf Road, Cañon City, CO
Event Description:

Join the Rocky Mountain Field Institute for an Adopt a Crag at Shelf Road! This event is in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, Royal Gorge Field Office, to improve belay platforms at the Mammoth area, Ejection Wall, and Gym Arete, as well as trail tread maintenance at the Gym and New Gym crags. This will involve a hike of about 1 mile from the campground and trailhead to reach the worksite. Project tasks will involve plenty of rock moving, some construction of rock features such as steps and walls, as well as other needed approach trail maintenance tasks. This will be strenuous and highly-rewarding work!


Saturday, September 26th:
Sunday, September 27th:

To ensure group sizes of 10 or less, we will be hosting volunteers at staggered start times. You will be assigned a time slot after you register! The three time slots available are 8 am to 2:30 pm, 8:15 am to 2:45 pm, and 8:30 am to 3 pm.

Meeting Place:
The Bank Campground This is an approximately 1.5-hour drive from Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs, take CO 115/Nevada Avenue south towards the town of Penrose. After passing through Penrose, turn right to merge onto US Highway 50 west towards Cañon City. In Cañon City, turn right onto Berry Parkway then immediately left onto Fremont Drive, and then right onto Dozier Ave. Continue on this road to the stop sign on Field Ave and turn right onto Field. Continue on Field for about 2 miles and then bear right onto CO Rd 9/Red Canyon Road. Stay on CO 9 until you reach Garden Park Road and turn left. After about 3 miles on Garden Park Rd, you will pass by the left turnoff to the Sand Gulch Campground and take the very next left turn onto Shelf Road towards the Bank. Here the road will become dirt and steeper but most vehicles should be able to reach the Bank Campground about 1.5 miles up. Cell reception can at times be spotty here. Please arrive on time so we do not miss you.


Water bottle(s) or hydration system and plenty of water (3+ liters)
Sack lunch
Rain gear
Eye protection (Sunglasses will do if you do not have work eyewear)
Mask (Respirators, surgical facemasks, DIY face masks, cloth face masks, bandanas, or buffs)
Work gloves
Hand sanitizer
Backpack to carry all of your things
Wear sturdy & weather-appropriate clothes, long pants and work boots are required (NO open-toed shoes or shorts).
We will provide all the needed tools. Out of an abundance of caution and for the protection of our staff and crew leaders we will not be providing work gloves or eye protection at this time.

After Work Activity:
Climbing: After the workday, we invite you full send on the bomber climbing routes around Shelf! Please bring your own equipment. This is not provided or guided by RMFI.
Prizes: Thanks to our project supporters in the climbing community, we get to raffle off some rad prizes to volunteers. More information about the prizes coming soon!
Leave No Trace Workshop: At 6 pm, you can join us for a Leave No Trace workshop to learn more about how to be a good steward of our public lands while enjoying a nice, cold beer!
Camping: Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, we will not be providing camping spots to volunteers this year. If you would like to camp, please make your own arrangements.

Age Limit: At this time, we are only allowing volunteers who are 18 years of age or older to participate in our volunteer workdays.

Cancellation Procedure:
We will work through light rain or other mild weather conditions. However, if we have to cancel for hazardous weather, or any other reason, we will contact you no later than 6:00 am on the morning of the workday. If you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can try to find a volunteer to replace you.


Office (Monday - Friday): Elise Moeller, Volunteer & Partnership Coordinator, [email protected] or 719-471-7736 ext. 4#
Field Cell Phone (Saturday): Alex Hladkyj, Program Manager, 719-235-0963
If needed, contact the field cell phone on the day of the event. Please note that reception is not always reliable.