By Myles Vandegrift
On a recent Saturday (4.28.12) Chris, Sean, Shane, Nate, Samuel and I finally removed the “10” up on a highly visible boulder on the opposite side of Mt. Woodson in Ramona. The entire community has been staring at that ugly giant number “10” for the last two years and a huge number “11” has now appeared the opposite side of the road last year. Some high school kids are just like dogs, they have this desire to mark their territory. But instead of urine they use paint. Each number has been painted on vary visible (white paint) rocks from the road and are about 18 feet long and 10 feet wide. By removing the number “10 and “11” we hope to stop a number “12” showing up this spring as the high schoolers finish up this school year. We are trying to stop Mt. Woodson from looking like a Christmas advent calendar with tons more numbers painted on various boulders . We wanted to thank the Allied Climbers of San Diego for giving us the Taginator biodegradable chemicals for removing the paint and the details on how to do it. The hike up to the rock is a good 25 minutes. We carried up 8 gallons of water (remember 1 gallon of water weighs 8 lbs.), 5 wire brushes, 2 bottles of Taginator chemical, 2 extension poles, 2 ropes and rest of our climbing gear. After 4 1/2 hours of hard work the “10” was finally gone! Again, thanks guys for all your hard work. I was especially proud of Samuel (age 10) and all his hard work and courage despite the dangers.