Paint Free Santee: Feb 10th

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Josh Higgins

Trad climber
San Diego
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 25, 2013 - 11:14pm PT
The movie from the cleanup, for the few of you that are interested:
https://vimeo.com/60501713

Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Feb 26, 2013 - 08:40am PT
Nice work ya'll did, I hadn't realized the place had gotten so bad.
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Feb 26, 2013 - 11:23am PT
Great job eveyone...that place needed some love! I only heard about it after the fact, wish I could have helped.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 26, 2013 - 12:06pm PT
Isn't this just new blank canvas?

What will discourage taggers?
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Feb 26, 2013 - 01:30pm PT
What will discourage taggers?

True, some graffiti will come back, but a little graffiti encourages more graffiti. If it is kept clean it is less likely to get copycat taggers.

Great job guys
Josh Higgins

Trad climber
San Diego
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2013 - 12:49am PT
Isn't this just new blank canvas?

What will discourage taggers?

God this website is full of negative wankers...
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Feb 27, 2013 - 12:54am PT
Big props for the cleanup.
That's hard work for a great cause.
Keep up the good fight.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Feb 27, 2013 - 01:06am PT
Super proud of you guys for doing this. Like OffWhite, I had no idea how bad the paint had gotten, and it makes my heart feel good to see all of you out there working hard, working positively, and showing a different way. The thought that someone may come along and tag it all over again really is beside the point. As a former local, THANK YOU!
Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 27, 2013 - 02:19pm PT
Praise God for you're coordinated efforts Josh, and all those who have participated in prior paint removal and clean up events over the last 32 years, since I first visited Santee boulders in 1981. Like already stated, graffiti seem to be a part of Santee Boulders, for it came and went, yet kept to a minimum due largely in part because of efforts like yours, but by the looks of this, this is the worst it has ever been.

I frequented Santee last from 2007 to 2011, almost 3 times per week for those 4 years, and I can't help but wonder if my regular presence deterred the taggers...*sigh*
Again, thank God for your and all the other's efforts out there!

But wait, the "James" boulder has been wiped clean?! The historical landmark will surely be missed...




hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Feb 27, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
I can't believe how bad it got in the past few years it seems. What a shame. Good job on the cleanup, I grew up on those boulders.
Josh Higgins

Trad climber
San Diego
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
Thanks for the kind words everyone. I'll post up here again if we need a Paint Free Santee part II. It had definitely gotten worse than I'd ever seen it before, and so it was really special to see the climbing community turn-out in such a major way. I hope to meet some of you if we ever do it again.

Josh
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Feb 27, 2013 - 10:05pm PT
I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone involved.
Hadn't realized it had gotten so bad.
Started bouldering there on a regular basis since 71'
Wish I was closer to have been able to lend a hand,
Again thanks for everyone's hard work, a great place to take care of and enjoy.
ionlyski

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
Feb 27, 2013 - 11:00pm PT
God this website is full of negative wankers...

Josh, sometimes Ron adds a negative spin to things but I wouldn't call him a wanker. It's a legitimate topic to bring up. May even give you and others pause to consider ways to negate future vandalism after the great efforts you've expended.

At any rate fantastic job you've undertaken. Thanks,

Arne
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Feb 27, 2013 - 11:38pm PT
Anybody else remember when some local toads poured motor oil all over the Ampihtheater? That was a real class act.
hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Feb 28, 2013 - 10:31am PT
I DO remember that, and might even know who did it! Some local motor head jocks who thought climbing around on those rocks was gay, I heard them talking about it in HS.
That brutal East Co sun baked it off.

One memory of the boulders not related to climbing.....
Used to drive out there and party. One night we decided to hot box my car. 4 of us smoking joints with the windows rolled up. I got so high, and it was so smokey, I thought the Sheriff's helicopter had us in it's spot light and we were busted. It was the full moon coming up. Got a great belly laugh, rolling out of the car with the smoke belly laugh, out of that one.
Beatrix Kiddo

Mountain climber
ColoRADo
Feb 28, 2013 - 10:44am PT
Way to go Josh and crew. Last time I was there 2 years ago, I got a good burn on the boulders but was totally turned off by the trash and "art". I guess that is to be expected so close to the road...
Josh Higgins

Trad climber
San Diego
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 28, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
Josh, sometimes Ron adds a negative spin to things but I wouldn't call him a wanker. It's a legitimate topic to bring up.

I agree, his 2nd line is a legitimate topic to bring up. The hardest part about removing the paint is when the city of Santee paints over it. I've contacted them, and asked them to let me know if there is new paint so that hopefully we can get it off before they pull out the paint rollers again. As far as prevention, there's not much we can do. My friends and I have called the police while people were actively dumping trash, painting the rocks, and shooting guns out there, and they've never responded to intercede even once, even while we watch it happen. So.... does that mean we should give up? I don't think so and neither does the amazing San Diego climbing community.

To say that all we did was create another blank canvas is definitely lame. It was an great day that built community, many climbs were restored, I've got people across the country asking how to remove paint from their local crags, and I guarantee that many people will enjoy the area more now that we had the cleanup and removed trash and paint. The benefits from the event are huge. I stand by my previous statement.

Josh
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Feb 28, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
^^^ Yep!
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 28, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
Just watched the video.
Nice work.
Thanks to all for being awesome ambassadors for the climbing community.
I think you made an impact, not just in your area but for us all.

Thanks

Plaid
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Feb 28, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
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