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Western Colorado Climbers Coalition, CO
The Western Colorado Climbers Coalition, based in Grand Junction, has had a fortuitous month. The group has established 501(c)3 status and received notification about a $5,000 grant from REI for projects relating to the immediate needs of Unaweep Canyon access. This puts the coalition on track to continue efforts to find a climber-friendly buyer for Lower Mothers Buttress and the Television Wall.
Madrone Wall Update, OR
The third, and last, public involvement meeting concerning the Madrone Wall planning was held October 29. Clackamas County unveiled a draft of the Madrone Wall Final Concept Design. (An earlier design of the area, which has since been abandoned, proposed banning climbing and chopping existing bolts.)
Red River Gorge, KY - Torrent Falls Reopens
On August 1, 2008, the privately owned Torrent Falls climbing area reopened to the public on a limited basis after being closed for over a year and a half. The area was closed when climber behavior conflicted with the use of the property as a tourist resort.
Access Fund Executive Director Brady Robinson Visits NC and CA
Access Fund Executive Director Brady Robinson hit the road this June with site visits to Asheville, North Carolina and San Diego, California. In early June Brady visited with members of the Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC) and Boone Climbers Coalition (BCC) who are working on access issues and opportunities at Grandmother boulders, Asheboro boulders, Laurel Knob, Rumbling Bald, Chimney Rock, and Perrys Paradise.
New LCO in Northern California Forges Ahead
On June 27, at Sacramento Pipeworks (owned by Access Fund Corporate Partner Touchstone Climbing), climbers from the Sacramento area had their second organizational meeting. CRAGS (Climbing Resource Advocates for Greater Sacramento) will now be the official name of the new Access Fund Affiliate.
Corbin CragPost Falls Spokane River, WA
Some folks who read about the City of Post Falls acquiring Corbin Crag have been asking if its open for climbing. The cliff in question is on the far side of the river when viewed from the old concrete ramp in Corbin Park. The new city land is closely surrounded by private houses and the only access road is on closed private roads.
Graffiti Removal at the Northwest Branch, MD
It was a hot, muggy morning as I walked outside with my first cup of coffee. The fog was thick and suffocating. Taking a sip of coffee, I smirked to myself. Of course the first day of summer would come on the day I'd planned to do a mini crag cleanup. Out of the fog, Gill appeared.
Road Improvements at Muir Valley, KY
On May 29, the half-mile lane leading back to Muir Valley was closed for one week so that it could undergo major rebuilding. This was deemed necessary by the preserve owners due to the increasing number of climbing visitorsclose to 600 during the Memorial Day weekend alone.
Yosemite National Park Revises Schedule for Merced River Plan, CA
Yosemite National Park (YNP) is proposing a revised planning schedule for the Merced River Plan that could restrict climbing and camping access in Yosemite Valley. This plan could limit the number of campsites in the Valley and, in a worst case scenario, restrict climbing access to some crags along the river.
Blue Ridge Parkway Prepares General Management Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing a general management plan (GMP) for the Blue Ridge Parkway. This plan could affect high-quality bouldering and climbing areas such as Grandmother Boulders and Shiprock. The Carolina Climbers Coalition has been working with the NPS to maintain climbing access to these popular areas.