The Pinxters and the oaks are just blooming on the summit while around along the fire road, the Fraser Magnolia are full on..
It's been a great start to the 2009 season, with Jane's article (below) and notes and words of appreciation keeping our spirits high..
We are always in the business of recruiting... and we'd love your have your help if you are so inclined.. Join us and learn more about this mountain and mountain skills than you ever imagined!
We received an e-mail this week from some recent hikers, entitled:
"Celebrating the Stewards"
"On Saturday, May 2, 2009, my husband and I climbed Old Rag. We had climbed the mountain about 10 years before. Now we are both in our mid 60s and we found that the climb was more challenging than we remembered. When we reached the rock scrambles, we encountered 3 stewards. They were most helpful, not only to us, but to many of the other visitors that day. They assisted each visitor with explanations of handholds, ways to navigate narrow cracks, and methods to successfully climb Old Rag. I can truly say that I would not have been able to reach the summit without their expertise and help. I saw that many other climbers had a more enjoyable and successful day of climbing as a result of the dedication, knowledge, and patience of the stewards. When we reached the summit, we met the other 3 stewards.
This program is truly to be commended. We are fortunate to have such generous, competent, and helpful people who volunteer to help others enjoy the park.Please pass on my thanks to these wonderful volunteers."
You are more than welcome!