Daily Dirt: Climb4Life in DC, Man Missing In SNP, and MTB in Athens, Ga.
Your daily outdoor news bulletin for July 11, the day Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804, proving once again that Vice Presidents are above the law…that is until they hatch a plot to take over half of the country in a military style coup:
Climb4Life in Washington D.C. This Weekend
The 8th Annual Climb4Life Metro DC is happening in the DC area this Saturday, July 13th. Climb4Life is a unique fundraising event put on by the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation to raise funds for ovarian cancer research and awareness. The American Cancer Society states one in 72 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer during their lifetime; the disease kills 14,000 women each year. The DC event will be held at locations in Carderock, Md. and Great Falls, Va. The event includes climbing or hiking with pro guides and a Celebration Dinner that eventing. Of the funds HERA raises through Climb4Life and other initiatives, 88 percent provides for programs such as the scientific research grants and community awareness grants.
More info HERA and the Climb4Life event can be found here.
Man Missing in Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park Rangers are searching for a missing 21-year-old thought to be in the park. Tyler Keefer of Front Royal was reported missing on Monday around noon. His bicycle was found at the Dickey Ridge Trailhead and authorities think he may have been hiking in the area. Keefer is 6’1″ tall and weighs around 175 pounds. The search is a joint effort between the Shenandoah National Park and the Front Royal Police Department. Anyone with info on Keefer is asked to call 1-800-732-0911.
Mountain Biking Comes to Athens, Ga.
The Athens chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association (SORBA) has launched an ambitious plan to build 30 miles of trails within 30 miles of the city. Athens has long been known as a great college town (GO DAWGS!) and a great music town (Panic, brah, ever heard of ’em?), but SORBA-Athens wants to build on their existing trail system. There a a few trail systems in the area, but nothing as close to what is being proposed – that is trail systems you can ride to from town, or take a short car ride to, as oppose to a long car ride. The 30/30 project is already underway with nearly five miles already built at East Athens Community Park and Hard Labor Creek State Park, with another five miles flagged and ready for shovels. The East Athens Community Park trail was even the site of a Twilight Criterium event in April. There are still some use issues to sort out, but this seems like a long-term project that will have serious benefits for mountain bikers in Athens and the community at large.