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Prescott Climbers Coalition brings Arizona climbers and community members together to remove graffiti at Groom Creek

Kayla M. scrubbing away the paint after an application of graffiti-removal solution. (Kiyana Pulido/Courtesy)

Kayla M. scrubbing away the paint after an application of graffiti-removal solution. (Kiyana Pulido/Courtesy)

The Prescott Climbers Coalition (PCC) was notified that the local bouldering area known as Groom Creek Boulders had been severely vandalized with graffiti. Once the PCC was notified, the Prescott National Forest and local sponsor of the PCC, The Hike Shack, was informed and a call to the local Prescott climbing community was put out to assist in the removal process.

The removal process involved using a modern, eco-friendly spray-paint remover that was formulated specifically for this purpose. Once the solution was applied to the boulders, scrubbed with nylon brushes, and then re-applied several more times the paint was washed away with pressure washers. With the help of over 20 volunteers, some of which came up for the day from Phoenix, the vast majority of the graffiti paint was removed within four hours.

The successful removal of the graffiti could not have come at a better time. As the fall season approaches nearer, many climbers from the Phoenix area come to Groom Creek on the weekends to enjoy the significantly cooler weather and shade of the pines. As well, local hikers with children were witnessed playing amongst the rocks as the volunteers began their final scrubbing of the vulgar graffiti that was left behind just a few weeks ago.

Overall, the majority of the paint was removed, but the area will still need time to heal back to 100% as the monsoons have subsided and the rocks need more rain to wash away the remnants. The Prescott Climbers Coalition would like to formally thank Jason Williams of the Prescott National Forest for his swift efforts in obtaining the required materials, The Hike Shack for their continued support of the local Prescott Climbers and the Prescott Climbers Coalition, the Groom Creek Fire Department who helped supply the nearly 100-gallons of water required to wash away the paint, and of course the many volunteers who helped keep Groom Creek the beautiful place it is.

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