“What can THE climbing community do to support you?”
The 3 things that climbers and campers can do better for the ranch right now…
- Sign in and pay your fees
- Pick up your trash
- Be a good citizen – be a good human – be considerate of other people and realize that this is private poverty – and when we say it’s private property – it is private property; but we want people to come and enjoy it.
Sometimes when someone says “HEY, this is private property” – it means we want you to leave – that’s not what we are saying . We want people to understand that this is our home, our back yard, our livelihood; and we want you to be considerate, respectful and obey the rules.
Barry says that he doesn’t want the underlying tone to be a lecture or a scolding. And you all already know Barry and Amy – they might just be some of the most generous human beings that we have the pleasure of knowing.
Is there something that the veterans of coming to the ranch that we can do better when we come to the ranch to prepare ourselves mentally to help reduce the risk of injury?
Barry: Yes, primarily for those of you in the climbing community. We get a lot of people who are touching rock for the first time. They may have been in a gym pulling plastic for years – and that transition from the gym to the outdoors – the ranch is great for that because it has a lot of easy to moderate routes. And, everything is bolted really safely. It is a great place to take your first lead…
…the problem with that is – it is your first lead.
So people, in the climbing community, need to not be shy, and even if someone thinks you’re a jerk or a know-it-all; you need to say, for example, “You didn’t finish your knot.” or, “can I show you a better way to do that.”
Wristbands At Horseshoe Canyon Ranch
Barry: You need to watch out for your neighbor, and you need to watch out for the ranch. If somebody is not wearing a wristband up there, chances are they have not signed off on their waiver. Well – that is a threat to everyone’s access – isn’t it.
If you don’t want to wear a writstband, go to Sam’s Throne. We have rules. It is not a big deal. Just understand that it is the way it is.
Everyone needs to go, “Hey, have you guys signed in – I’ve noticed you’re not wearing a wristband.”
Barry continues, “You might come off as a butt. But, you know, too bad.”
Most people are really good, we love the climbers and the campers and the climbing community. But anytime you have 100 people in a room, a couple of them are going to be butt heads. That is just a statistical reality. We have to protect those people; and, we still want them to be safe and have a good experience. We don’t want them to ruin the experience for anyone else.
HCRBeta: Even butt heads deserve to have a safe experience
Barry: Yes. It is our job to keep protect people from themselves – that is what we need to do.
You Added Security Cameras
Barry: The security cameras are mostly for our convenience in the shop so we don’t have to be standing at the register all of the time. It helps to know when a vehicle is going by so we know if people are stopping to sign in.
There was nothing that really prompted the security cameras – it was just a convenience for us. We have had some minor thefts, but is was so small that it is not worth bringing up again – we mentioned it on Facebook, it is an inconvenience to us. Nothing of significant value was stolen – it is more of a criminal mischief category than it is a loss of property
When To Call The Sheriff
Barry: We are on the 911 system now…finally. 911 goes to the Newton County dispatch – that’s anything from an ambulance to a drunk frat boy on the campground who won’t shut up at midnight – that is who handles that stuff now.
When To Bang On The Barn Door
Barry: An emergency and when you should bang on the doors to the barn…
- If you can’t get into your cabin – if you are locked out for whatever reason
- If there is a structure fire
that’s about it.
Everything else falls into – if you can’t handle it; either call the sheriff, or wait until morning. Needing a bundle of firewood does not constitute an emergency.
HCRBeta: Has that happened?
Barry: Yes. People need to be more considerate. Lack of planning is not an emergency – on our part. That’s on YOU.
Ok, Barry, What Is The Worst Thing That Happens At The Ranch
Barry: Obviously, injuries are always a time for reflection. Everything we do has some element of risk to it. Horseback riding – you are on an animal that weighs a thousand pounds and has a brain the size of a walnut. They are largely reactionary animals – so if a squirrel jumps out of a tree or a horsefly bites ‘em, things happen – people fall off, and occasionally somebody gets hurt. Injuries are the worst part.
But we always do some kind of self evaluation. We try to be as safe as we can in doing all the things that we do. And knowing at the end of the day that it is a net positive for everybody – we do a lot more good in the world than the broken arm we had 2 weeks ago.
Something wonderful happens every week.
Barry: Life is about relationships…and so is the ranch. It’s all about relationships when it comes right down to it – everything that makes us happy in life, everything that makes us tick…it is really about relations ships. With our spouse, our children and loved ones and our bosses the people we work for, the people who work for us – If you have good relationships in your life, generally, things are going pretty good.
And the ranch is really conducive to good relationships and strengthening relationships and making new friends.
The people are having these great experiences – and not everybody has a life-changing experience – I don’t want to tell you that – it’s not that. Some people just come year after year, they have a great time. They love seeing our kids grow and we love seeing their kids grow and we share old stories and we talk about things that happened three years ago.
Learn a whole lot more about Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in HCRBeta’s Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Category
Jason Clements is the founder of and writer for HCRBeta, Hike Climb Relax: How to… Jason has served as the President of the Kansas City Climbing Club where he grew the club from 100 members to 1000 members. He lives in Shawnee, Kansas and also runs the cell phone recycling company, Cells for Cells, which recycles cell phones to raise money for families battling cancer.
The Earth Beta 5 Discount for Horseshoe Canyon Ranch
Barry and Horseshoe Canyon Ranch is partnering with Earth Beta 5 to benefit those who love the outdoors. Barry is generously allowing Earth Beta 5 members to purchase a 1-Year Season Pass at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch for the old price of $50.00.
The new 1-Year Season Pass is going to be priced at $100. EB5 members save $50.
Barry is even going to allow you to use the Earth Beta 5 discount all the way up to December 31st of this year (2016) so that you can continue to climb for all of 2017 at the old pass rate of $50. (That will make a pretty awesome Christmas gift for your climbing partner – hint, hint!)
Purchase instruction for Earth Beta 5 cards will be released shortly. (The EB5 cards are initially going to cost $20 and they will NEVER EXPIRE.) You might be blown away by the other discounts and monthly giveaways that come with your Earth Beta 5 membership. (If you NEED an Earth Beta 5 card immediately, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org)