2011 Pick Up A Mountain

2011 Pick Up A Mountain
Report by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures
Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures and Sid Hagemeier / Shindig Wheelers

On Friday September 16th, 2011 many PNW4WDA members headed to Jim Sprick Park to set up camp for the Annual Region 4 “Pick Up A Mountain” event. I pulled in around 1:30 PM. Guido was already there and had a good camp spot for our group Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch (a division of Eastern Washington Adventures).

On Friday night there was a lot going on. Check in, raffle ticket sells, Divorce Course, movie for the kids and a campfire.

On Saturday morning there was a Driver’s Meeting and then a group picture with the rigs going out on the clean-up.

The Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch (a division of Eastern Washington Adventures) across the road from Jim Sprick Park and headed up FS1701. We took the same route as we did the three year before. We cleaned up the FS1701/FS530 camp, Trails 4W644, 4W695 and 4W675. The areas we cleaned up were not bad at all.

Saturday evening there was a corn shucking contest for the kids and one for the adults. After that they cooked the corn for the potluck dinner. While the corn was cooking more people tried the Divorce Course.

After dinner everyone headed over to the stage. People came up and old there stories about the strange things they found. The crowd voted on the best story and the best story won.

Next they gave out the “Region 4 Most Inspirational” trophy. For some reason they gave it to me this year. It was nice of the Region 4 members to vote for me. I still don’t know what to say about it other than, “Thank You Region 4”.

Up next was the thing everyone was waiting for all day, the raffle drawing. There were a lot of sponsors this year and a lot of nice prizes.
We want to thank the following for being a sponsor at this year’s “Pick Up A Mountain“:

Master Pull, Region 4, Frank Remley, Shindig Wheelers, Liberty Off Road, Olympic 4×4 Supply, Trail Jamboree, Insanity Fab, Joey & Cindy Waterman, George The Jeep, Yakima Valley RidgeRunners, Build It Off Road, Pollock Gears & Repair, Oak Creek Ace Hardware, 4WheelingPlus, Tacoma Screw Products, Tom Woods, Moos Fab, 241 Photography, Gold Creek Station, Round Table Pizza, HiWay Espresso – Naches and Mike & Alicia Polachuk.

After the drawing the DJ played music and people danced. There was a big campfire too.

On Sunday morning some of the Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch (a division of Eastern Washington Adventures) members cooked breakfast for the volunteers. We want to thank everyone for the help and donations that made the breakfast happen.

After breakfast everyone packed up and headed home. “Pick Up A Mountain” was a lot of fun. We cannot wait for the next one.

Here are some pictures of our weekend at the “Pick Up A Mountain” event:

Friday evening Divorce Course.
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Checking in with Pam.
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Saturday Morning Driver’s Meeting.
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A group picture before heading out to Pick Up A Mountain.
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Next the Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch (a division of Eastern Washington Adventures) across the road from Jim Sprick Park and headed up FS1701

Heading up FS1701 we find the ORV Ranger making his rider work. LOL
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We stopped to pick up the FS1701/FS530 camp.
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The next stop was at the 4W694 Trail Head to regroup and take a break.
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TJ40 has a funny looking chock block. LOL
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Waycrazy’s boy wanting to hit the trail.
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Hunter’s first wheeling trip and we have him picking up trash.
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Hunter and Doc working together.
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We stopped at the 4W694 Manastash Lake Viewpoint for lunch.
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On down the trail we past the Ridgerunners heading the other way.

Here we are passing through Funny Rocks.
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On 4W695 heading to Moon Rocks.
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Our group crossing Moon Rocks.
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Monster running for trash.
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One we dropped down 4W695 we stopped to regroup on FS1701.
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Once again the Ridgerunners past us.
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We headed down FS1701 and then up FS530. We dropped down 4W675 and stopped at a hunting camp that we had found a lot of trash in the past.

We did not find much trash but we did find a lot of small frogs.
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Moving down 4W675 we found just a few cans. here is Odo getting one.
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Monster climbing the rocks for a can.
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Odo finds another can.
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We ran 4W675 onto FS1702 and ran it to FS1720 to get back to FS1701 since FS1702 is closed at SR410.

We pulled into Jim Sprick Park and dropped of the trash in the dumpster that Region 4 had supplied for Pick Up A Mountain.

The Desert Rats came it right after us with some interesting trash.
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Need a used toilet?
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How about a table?
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That is a lot of cans.
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Earl hunting with a 12 Gauge! LOL
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The corn shucking contest, “Kids”.

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She got hungry doing all that work. No need to cook it.
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Pam gave the kids a prize for there good work.
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Avalanche one first place and Monster won second.
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The corn shucking contest, “Adult”.
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Josh presents the award to the winner.
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Divorce Course “Kids”.
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Divorce Course “Adults”.
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Sid and Sande.
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Time for the potluck dinner.
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Stories of the day’s find.
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Region 4 Director Earl Nettnin presented me the “Region 4 Most Inspirational” trophy. “Thank You Region 4”.
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Photo by Sid Hagemeier / Shindig Wheelers

The raffle drawing was next.
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TJ Dave showing his winning ticket.
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The crowd checking their numers.
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After the raffle there was a dance.
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And a big campfire.
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Happy couples enjoying the campfire.
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Disco is still alive!
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On Sunday morning some of the Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch (a division of Eastern Washington Adventures) members cooked breakfast for the volunteers.
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We want to thank everyone for the help and donations that made the breakfast happen.

This is a sign that our public lands are staying cleaner.
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“Pick Up A Mountain” was a lot of fun. We cannot wait for the next one.

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