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Muir Valley News
Posted February 21, 2015
Mark your calendars! A dedication ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Shelter building. A bronze plaque will be unveiled, honoring Muir Valley's Legacy Members. And, the deed to the property will be formally gifted from Rick and Liz Weber to the Friends of Muir Valley, who will take over ownership, operation, and Maintenance of Muir.
Posted February 20, 2015
The 2015 Polar Vortex hit Kentucky hard this past week, leaving a foot of snow and sub-zero temperatures. It looks like it is going to continue through the week with no break-out from sub-freezing temperatures until Sunday, February 29. This is good news for ice climbers, who should find several ice columns and frozen waterfalls in Muir to climb. There were three cars—one from Colorado—in the parking lot today!
If you are an ice climber, remember that the ice down here is not as good in quality as traditional ice climbing venues. Please ice climb in Muir Valley by setting topropes and not by lead climbing!
Posted February 16, 2015
As we start Muir's twelfth season, please be reminded that hammocks are no longer permitted in the Valley. We've seen too much damage done to trees this past couple years to allow this to continue. Thank you for your understanding. And, please pass the word to your climbing friends.
Posted February 14, 2015
The Muir Valley Pocket Guides are now available! Click Here for more details. They will be available for $18.87 + 1.13 KY sales tax in the Muir Valley parking lot in the Spring and at times when FOMV volunteers will be there to sell them. Remember that all proceeds go to the Friends of Muir Valley to help them maintain and operate the Valley.
Posted February 14, 2015
On Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 10 AM to 12 noon, a training exercise will be conducted at Muir Valley on how to respond to a climbing accident. Although these exercises are routinely conducted for members of the Muir Valley Rescue Group, we have decided to open this training for those outside the Muir Group — especially to those who regularly climb in areas where the official emergency response services are iffy. We will be meeting at the Shelter House at the Muir Valley main parking lot at 10 AM SHARP! If you wish to attend, please try to show up a few minutes early, as we will be leaving shortly after meeting to conduct the training scenario at the Bone Yard Wall. This will be a realistic scenario with a fallen climber including many of the challengse that one might encounter in this kind of event, so it should serve as realistic example.
Bring a helmet if you have one. If not, one will be furnished to you.
No charge, of course, for this training.
Rick Weber will be heading up this exercise. Rick is a certified technical rope rescue instructor with both Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and Rescue 3 International. He is Deputy Chair of the Kentucky Emergency Management SAR Committee and Chair of the KYEM Techncial Rope Rescue Committee. Rick is also certified as a Single Pitch Instructor with the American Mountain Guide Association and a Wilderness First Responder.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend. Spaces in this training are limited.
Posted January 1, 2015
The Board Of Directors of the Friends of Muir Valley is elated to announce that the 2014 $200,000 fundraising goal has been achieved! As a result, FOMV will become the new owner of Muir Valley.
Early in 2014, Muir Valley founders and owners, Rick and Liz Weber, issued a challenge: that if FOMV could demonstrate the commitment and ability to fund future operation and maintenance of Muir by raising $200,000 in 2014 they would make a permanent gift of Muir Valley to Friends of Muir Valley.
Over the past 11 years, the Webers spent more than $1 million of their own funds and years of work to purchase the land, develop it into the treasure it is today, and manage its operation. Their goal was to ensure that Muir Valley would continue to exist and to be available as a climbing resource beyond their lifetimes.
This $200,000 goal was to include all donations made directly to Muir Valley in 2014, as well as all donations and grants to Friends of Muir Valley. This challenge was met with an incredible response from YOU, the climbing community. In a short period of 9 months, the masses of climbers who frequent and cherish Muir Valley have, through their own generosity, blown way past the goal! A noteworthy aspect of this success is that the majority of the funds raised (more than 85%) were from hundreds of individual donors.
At the end of March 2015, the Webers will transfer the deed for Muir Valley to Friends of Muir Valley. From that point forward, FOMV will be responsible for owning, operating, and maintaining Muir Valley. We fully accept the fact that ownership comes with great responsibilities.
To you—the many thousands of climbers who have loved and wholeheartedly supported Muir Valley through the years, we cannot thank you enough. You have demonstrated how much this place means to you and have spoken, not just with words, but also with your donations of money and effort in making this dream come true!