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NIC’s Outdoor Pursuits encourages climbing community to give back

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Todd Trivisonno climbs at Q’emiln Riverside Park in Post Falls. He is an avid climber and plans to participate in the Adopt-A-Crag climbing area cleanup sponsored by North Idaho College’s Outdoor Pursuits Aug. 29. Todd Trivisonno climbs at Q’emiln Riverside Park in Post Falls. He is an avid climber and plans to participate in the Adopt-A-Crag climbing area cleanup sponsored by North Idaho College’s Outdoor Pursuits Aug. 29.

Outdoors enthusiasts are encouraged to give back by cleaning up Post Falls's Q'emiln Riverside Park during the Adopt-A-Crag event Aug. 29.

Swimmers, hikers and just casual visitors enjoy the beauty of Post Falls’s Q’emiln Riverside Park every day. But only a few have overlooked the park from hundreds of feet in the air while clinging to the granite walls of the park’s climbing area.

Todd Trivisonno has. He began rock climbing about five years ago in Kentucky and said North Idaho is privileged to have a climbing area the quality of Q’emiln Park in the region.

But to preserve the integrity of the climbing crag, it must be maintained.

“Climbing is not as well-sponsored as other sports, so we have to be the ones to take care of what we love,” said Trivisonno, who is interning this summer for the NIC Outdoor Pursuits program.

Outdoor Pursuits is hosting the Adopt-A-Crag climbing crag cleanup Saturday, Aug. 29 at Q’emiln Riverside Park in Post Falls.

This event is part of Adopt-A-Crag Day, a nationwide day of natural resource stewardship and volunteerism. Adopt-A-Crag is organized nationally by Access Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the climbing environment.

Volunteers are needed to refurbish trails, dispose of trash, remove graffiti and perform other light duties at Q’emiln Park at 8 a.m. Volunteers will receive free food and giveaways from location recreational outfitters in the afternoon.

Information: (208) 769-7809.

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Stacy Hudson is the Public Information Coordinator for North Idaho College

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