This past month I was surprised to learn that the Access Fund was awarding me a Sharp End award. My first though was, “for what?” Don’t get me wrong, I have been working hard on behalf of local climbers since forming the NEOCC last May, but I thought these awards were for people that achieved big results, like opening a new area, or preventing the closure of an existing one.
There is a link below to the Spring 2010 edition of the Access Fund’s Vertical Times which announces the awards (page 11). In this edition there is also reference to a quote, “80% of success is showing up,” which I suppose sums up the justification for giving me the award. Although the NEOCC may not have any big accomplishments to tout yet, we have achieved less tangible results. Among these is starting annual clean-ups at local crags AND areas where we would like to obtain access in the future, as well as establishing positive relationships with the various local park services.
So now that we have “shown up,” I hope that the next year brings continued progress and maybe some of those big results. Thank you to everyone that has been involved so far.