New rock climbing association to hold first official meeting

Despite the frigid temperatures and 5 feet of snow blanketing much of Maine, at least one group of outdoor enthusiasts has summer on the brain (it’s coming, or so they say…) After more than a year of planning and fighting for access to land containing upwards of 150 climbing routes, the newly formed Clifton Climbers Alliance will meet for the first time later this month.

BDN file photo

BDN file photo

The group of Bangor-area rock climbers that elected a board of directors last fall, will hold its inaugural meeting March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Maine. And knowing it’s a board of people who like to “get high on rocks,” should be enough to get you there.

Board members include: Jim Campbell (president), John Crocker (vice president), Travis Hussey (treasurer), Kevin Dufresne (secretary), and Brad Wilson (development officer.)

Me climbing at the Cosumnes River Gorge, in Placerville, California.

Me climbing at the Cosumnes River Gorge, in Placerville, California.

The event is open to both alliance members and the public. Anyone who climbs or is interested in climbing should definitely attend. (I’m doing my best to get my editor Sarah Walker Caron on the wall this summer.)

According to an email from the group, the agenda for the evening includes an update about what the board has been doing since it was appointed, information about a planned memorial at Eagle Bluff and a discussion of future projects for the area.

The meeting will be held in the Senior Skulls Room at the University of Maine, Orono Memorial Union at 6:30 p.m. March 26.

Natalie Feulner

About Natalie Feulner

Natalie Feulner is a journalist and “semi-crunchy” cloth diapering momma to a rambunctious toddler named after a county in California. She drinks too much tea and loves to climb rocks but not at the same time.