What to expect:
Upon arrival you will be given a map to a designated area.
A volunteer leader will greet you and assist you with directions should you need it. Please bring back all garbage to be taken out and weighed!
After the clean up we will meet back at for prizes, food, and a presentation from our local Conservation Officer.
The Semi-Annual David Thompson Clean up is organized by Andrew Abel, Konstantin Stoletov and Jordyn Hansenfrom the David Thompson Climbing Association.
My love of the outdoors was brought to life at an early age from being a part of a family that instilled within me a sense of wonder and love for the natural beauty that surrounds us. I grew up spending countless hours, hiking, fishing, canoeing, cross country skiing, and scrambling. It wasn’t until later in life after a great personal loss that I became enveloped in the world of climbing. It has been my passion ever since, and I love the personal, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth that I gain by spending time in the mountains with trusted partners and with clients when I am guiding. I sincerely believe in the healing and personal growth that the mountains facilitate within us, and it has become my life goal to help share that facilitation with others. I believe taking responsibility for the areas I love is one of the many ways I can give back.
I moved to Canada eight years ago from California where I called Joshua Tree and Sierra Nevada my home. Before that, I spend a few years clipping rusty pins in Gunks, NY or exploring the caves in my home country, Russia. First thing that got me blown away when I moved to Alberta is the potential for new route development. Ashlar ridge, Jasper National Park was my first love where I put up three big sport multi-pitches. Three years ago, I came for ice climbing to Nordegg area and was not able to leave. The walls of David Thomson corridor have some craziest future lines and I am happy to drive here every weekend from Edmonton and be a part of the birth of a new climbing hot spot. Future Canadians 5.14 and 5.15 climbers will frequent these places and will thank us for our efforts. I am happy to be a part of David Thomson Climbers Clean Up to help make this possible!
My need to be among the mountains started early. I grew up running through the forests of the west country with my brother donning a Davey Crockett inspired hat. My Dad would tell me stories about how brave and wise the wildlife is, stories that I now relay to younger generations.
I didn’t grow up climbing, I started only four years ago. When I was working in New Zealand I suffered a life changing injury that lead me to climbing. Since then the pursuit of climbing has consumed my life. I moved home (Central Alberta) nearly two years ago and began climbing in the DTC. It felt so good to be home.
To see the places you love disintegrate is disheartening, thats why I felt called to action. These landscapes are sacred and will change you, so, taking responsibility for and protecting the places I love feels as natural as breathing.