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Protect Climbing Access at Chimney Rock State Park
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources recently released a draft Chimney Rock State Park Master Plan that significantly restricts rock climbing in much of the park. The current master plan draft lacks a clear process for evaluating and considering responsible climbing access while still balancing the protection of natural resources. We need your help to ensure current and future access are protected! Take Action Now!
Access Fund Secures Jailhouse Rock – Asks for Further Support
The Access Fund is pleased to announce permanent access has been secured to Jailhouse Rock near Sonora, California through the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign. However more help is needed from the climbing community for long-term conservation.
Keep Skull Hollow Campground Open for Smith Rock Climbers
With little notice and no public input, the US Forest Service owned Skull Hollow Campground near Smith Rock was closed on October 31st for five months. Your help is needed to keep Skull Hollow Campground open for Smith Rock climbers.Take Action Now!
Your Chance to Give Input on Proposed Denali and Rainer Mountaineering Fee Increases
In September we told you about potential drastic fee increases to climb Denali and Rainier. Since that time, the Access Fund has been working with partners American Mountain Guides Association and American Alpine Club to get a public process put in place to evaluate the current mountaineering programs and associated budgets to identify the best way to service climbers—and the appropriate fee levels. Both parks agreed to a public process and have announced a series of public meetings to discuss their mountaineering programs.
Access Fund Gathers Land Managers and Climbers in Vegas
On October 22 through 24 the Access Fund brought federal land managers and field-level personnel who are involved in recreation policy together to share best practices in climbing management and tackle complicated issues related to cultural resources, fixed anchors, sensitive species, and wilderness designations.
Western Colorado Climbers’ Coalition Preserves Access to Mother’s Buttress in Unaweep Canyon
We are pleased to report that the Western Colorado Climber’s Coalition (WCCC) closed on the 13 acre Mother’s Buttress parcel in Unaweep Canyon, securing climbing access that was threatened by private property restrictions.
Allied Climbers of San Diego (ACSD) get permanent closure lifted at Poway Crags
The quiet Poway Crags outside of San Diego has been re-opened to climbing after a 7 year closure—a big win for climbers in the area. Poway Crags, offering quality routes up to 200 feet, was originally closed in 2003 due to a major wildfire.
Access Fund Urges Support for Colorado Wilderness Proposals
Today the Access Fund announced its support for two Colorado wilderness proposals that protect recreational access and respect private property rights.
Access Fund Announces Second Round Grant Recipients for 2010
The Access Fund is proud to support three projects with over $13,000 towards stewardship and start-up costs to complete the second round of the Access Fund Climbing Preservation Grant Program in 2010.
Denali and Rainier National Parks Set to raise Mountaineering Fees
The cost to climb at Denali and Mount Rainier may soon increase dramatically. Both parks announced their intention to raise mountaineering fees starting in 2012—from $30 to $50 at