burchley do you own rei or whats the problem causing you to impotently make threats? actually all members own a little piece and can choose to return as they see fit. REI dramatically overprices their goods and coerce and blackmails people to join the co op. they refuse returns from non members of rei brand items without a receipt. rei brand items fall apart after a month. they make members wait months for a merchandise credit they lie and call a dividend. sales items are not included and credit card purchases only earn 8%.
If they care about members then we should get 10% off at the register.
if they don't want returns they can change the return policy.
SCMA dues are $45 per year. That gets you a guaranteed campsite at Sheep Pass two weekends a month October through May, guaranteed sites in the valley three times a year and Tuolumne twice a year, plus/minus.
Who need a Pit?
Anyone who isn't friends with an scma member. attempting to join the scma takes months at best and involves lots of subjective red tape unless the candidate has a buddy who is a member. in that case they are ushered in and can skip the tests and evaluations. scma is a closed private club not open to the general public.
Friday night at the pit, gotta say, it was a better experience than anything in the park. A little road noise till the bars close. Was a lot of people there, maybe 10 vehicles, all climbers and all very nice and interesting, no supertopians however. Larry was the unofficial host, he clued everyone in to the guidelines. with one exception everyone there was a Pit noob. Although everyone had heard of the pits prior reputation, they all had praise for the new improved pit
I credit jstan and crew for the positive vibe he and the others have created. Thank you very much, I tried to pick up trash in the morning but the area was devoid, plenty in JT at the day use areas however. Broken glass in the rocks is becoming very obvious.
Thanks very much for your report on the area that cannot be named. Robert and I have been going down to talk to people but the effort you all make to bring new people up to date is critical. Thank you Larry for what you are doing.If we all work together on this, Robert's guidelines will belong to everyone. It is even a good excuse to welcome new people and to get acquainted. From the people I have talked to I get the impression people are finding the area much more enjoyable. That was what we were hoping for. Fantastic.
A while ago George Land of the NPS said I should hang tight on my cleanup efforts in the Park. Just as happened in Yosemite, NPS staff are working out how to provide monitoring of cleanup efforts so that Cultural Resources can be protected. The last three years at Facelift there has been very effective monitoring and educational efforts. As we all do what we can to keep the park beautiful we do need to give the NPS our best efforts to keep historical stuff from being lost.
Broken glass is a tremendous problem and it is not at all clear that complete restoration is possible. No matter how small the pieces one picks up, you see glints of reflected sunlight. Heavy foot traffic over a period of years does reduce the reflections. But getting it all up is still a hope.
Any glass colored by the sun or whose manufacture appears unusual should be left in place. In general if you find broken crockery or dishes, those should be left and the NPS person at the gate told of the find.
Not a regular but hoping to make some friends once we are in the area, gonna be at jtree for the latter half of winter. The email from the pit website hasn't worked in a while is there still stipulations on who can stay at the pit?