Monday, June 28, 2010

A Note from 2010 Summer Campers

Hello! We are campers from The Mountain Institute. We have a variety of fun activities. These include biking, camping, rock climbing, rope challenge courses, tree climbing, and more. Another awesome part about the camp is that it has great food and you get to be outdoors. Also you get to make lasint friendships with fellow campers. The best part is you can return year after year to see your friends! It's great!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Volunteer Work Weekend 2010


This past weekend volunteers and staff came together to "spruce up" the Spruce Knob Mountain Center as part of TMI's annual Work Weekend. Volunteers came from as far away as Georgia to work on projects around the facilities, including cleaning the deck behind the yurts, improving the rooves on Almati, the Waterfront Yurt, and the Garden Yurt, building a stone wall and a planter box at the front gate, installing a new gate, tilling the garden, mending fences, and a wide swath of other odd jobs. All together, over 40 people helped out over the course of the weekend.

Being on the mountain all the time, it's often easy to miss the small improvements that are always being made. But when that many people work together for a single weekend, the progress is alarmingly conspicuous. The facilities and grounds are looking better than ever. Thank you so much to all who pitched in!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Weather on the Mountain

Spruce Knob's weather station is back up to full strength - mostly. Reception often cuts out during heavy fog or storms, but most of the time you can see what the current weather is like at our Spruce Knob Mountain Center no matter where you are in the world. Our Weather Underground site, at http://www.wunderground.com/swf/Rapid_Fire.swf?units=english&station=KWVCIRCL2, shows current temperature, humidity, dew point, rainfall, pressure, wind speed and direction, and daily highs and lows. The page is updated hourly. The rain collector & anemometer are strapped to a tree that's somewhat sheltered by Back Ridge so rainfall and windspeed reports tend to be a little lower than elsewhere on the campus.

You can also view past weather data at http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=KWVCIRCL2&wuSelect=PWS. For weather forecasts, go to www.noaa.gov and search for Circleville, WV. Circleville is about ten miles away and 2,000 feet below us so the weather is usually a little more extreme up here, but it can give you a pretty good idea of what the weather will be like. As always though, bring your rain gear just in case.