Hello from the Southern Sierra Climbers’ Association!It is time again for the annual SSCA slideshow, fundraiser, and membership drive coming on Saturday, June 21st at Dome Rock, in the Sequoia National Monument, and near the spectacular Needles of California. This year’s presenter is the eminent Todd Gordon, world climber and famous “Joshua Tree climber’s ranch” owner for many years. You may have stayed at Todd’s home in Joshua Tree on one or your climbing trips in the past. The show will start at sundown and, as usual, we will have a silent auction and gear raffle both before and after the show.
Last year you were contacted by Christine Abraham, our Events Coordinator, and she asked you and your generous organization to donate something to help us with our annual fundraiser and membership drive. The Southern Sierra Climbers’ Association was formed over eleven years ago and it is because of the generosity of businesses like yours that we have been able to accomplish so many meaningful tasks and projects in the southern Sierra.
In past years the SSCA has:
Provided portable potties at Dome Rock
Placed “Please do not throw rocks” signs at Dome Rock to help keep climbers safe
Worked with the American Safe Climbing Association to replace bolts at The Needles, Fresno Dome, Courtright Reservoir, Dome Rock, Chimney Rocks, and many other climbing areas in the southern Sierra
Worked with the USDA Forest Service in Peregrine Falcon surveys and management
Worked the US Park Service in conducting two large scale cleanups at Moro Rock, in the Sequoia National Park
Developed a partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the Access Fund to provide a permanent toilet at the Needles of California
Provided and maintained a stokes litter and first responder kit at The Needles of California
Worked in partnership with the Buck Rock Foundation and the USDA Forest Service doing maintenance work at Buck Rock
Worked with the Buck Rock Foundation and the USDA Forest Service to retread the stairs, repair the plumbing, and restore the handrail at The Needles fire lookout
Built or maintained climber’s trails at Dome Rock, Hermit Spire, Trilogy rock, Bald Eagle Peak, and other areas in order to reduce adverse impacts on the terrain
This year: we plan to once again help the Buck Rock Foundation, replace the old signs at Dome Rock, place new trail finder signs at Voodoo Dome, Hermit Spire, Trilogy and other climbing areas in the southern Sierra where trail finding difficulties create diffuse negative environmental impacts, continue to contribute to, and work with, the American Safe Climbing Association, and the Access Fund, and continue to maintain access to southern Sierra climbing areas while fostering our partnerships with land managers.
We couldn’t accomplish our goals without your help in the form of past contributions. We are asking for your generous support again this year in the form of some small piece or pieces of gear, a gift certificate, a book or subscription, or anything else that we can use in our auction or raffle.
The SSCA has always been a small group of dedicated climbers interested in preserving the climbing environment, educating climbers, and working with land managers in order to continue having full access to climbing areas. This year we are proud to announce that we have finally achieved California Nonprofit Corporation status (tax ID #26-1485650) and are applying for 501 c(3) status as well.
Christine Abraham is no longer our events coordinator and the job this year is being done by our secretary/treasurer, Patrick Paul, also a former president of the SSCA.
Please send any items to the address below. We want to make sure you get full credit and recognition for your contribution so please include a business card, stickers, and any advertising or brochures you would like us to display, and a description of the item and its full retail value. We will be very happy to send you a contribution letter for the item value plus postage for your taxes.
Patrick Paul SSCA Secretary/Treasurer 12462 Road 264 Porterville, CA 93257