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Climbing Banned at Portion of Castle Rocks – Access Fund Set to Appeal
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a climbing ban on 400 acres in the Castle Rocks Interagency Recreation Area, adjacent to Castle Rocks State Park in Idaho. This ban affects over 40 established climbs and hundreds of potential new routes. The ban is more restrictive than any other BLM climbing area in the country, and is an even higher standard than those imposed on wilderness areas or other highly protected land designations.
Erik Weihenmayer Presents Adventures in the Vertical World to Support Access Fund
Please join us on Thursday, April 8 at 8:00 pm as Erik Weihenmayer presents Adventures in the Vertical World at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder, Colorado. Tickets are on sale now!
Red Rocks Wilderness Plan Still in the Works
Despite several starts and stops over the last few years, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to work on a wilderness management plan that will affect climbing and bolting policies at Red Rocks near Las Vegas. Several changes in the BLM staff over the past three years have prevented the plan from proceeding, but the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council continues to represent climber interests and work on collaborative conservation projects with the local BLM office.
Action Alert: New York State Parks on Chopping Block
New York State Parks are at Risk! For the first time ever, budget woes may close down New York State parks, including the climbing found at Minnewaska State Park. We need your help to support funding for New York's parks by contacting your state legislators and Governor Paterson. New York Residents Take Action Now!
Dead Point Magazine to Host Poker Match in Support of Access Fund
Dead Point Magazine is excited to announce the first annual “Poker n’ Access,” Texas Hold’em Tournament to take place during the 8th Annual New River Rendezvous on May 15th 2010. All proceeds will benefit the Access Fund. Learn how you can participate!
Half Dome Cable Permits Won't Affect Climbers
You may have recently caught wind of news that permits will soon be required to scale Half Dome in Yosemite National Park on weekends and holidays during peak summer months. This change only applies to people (i.e., hikers)...
2009 Adopt a Crag Wrap-up and Awards
The 10th anniversary of Adopt a Crag was our best year yet, with the number of volunteers and events growing 20% over the previous year! We are thrilled to present the 2009 Adopt a Crag awards to a worthy group of volunteers: Ian Caldwell and the Smith Rock Group; Central Texas Mountaineers; Salt Lake City Climbers Alliance; and Ken Yager and the Yosemite Climbing Association.
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Access Fund Announces 2009 Sharp End Awards
Each year the Access Fund recognizes individuals and businesses that go above and beyond to volunteer their time and efforts to preserving climbing access and the climbing environment. These recipients stand out in their commitment to the American climbing community, and the Access Fund is honored to present this year's awards to a worthy group of volunteers and activists.
Action Alert: Protect Climbing Access in Yosemite
We need your help to influence the latest Merced River Plan, which could restrict climbing access and camping in Yosemite Valley, depending on how the Park prepares its new revised user capacity program. Please write Yosemite National Park by February 4 and support the preservation of climbing access in the Valley!Take action now!