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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
Forest Service Recommends Extending Closure of Williamson Rock
Since 2004, the Angeles National Forest has banned climbing at Williamson Rock due to conflicts with critical habitat of the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog.
Southeastern Climbers Coalition Pays Back its AFLCC Loan for Steele
Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) paid back its loan for the Steele cliff line to the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) last week, making it the second loan to fully revolve back into the program. The early payment comes just a month after Washington Climbers Coalition’s repayment, further proving the efficacy of the AFLCC to provide local climbing organizations the short-term capital necessary to secure climbing resources.
Vermont's Carcass Crag Acquired!
CRAG-VT is thrilled to announce the acquisition of one of Vermont’s best sport climbing cliffs: the Carcass Crag! This winter, CRAG-VT signed a purchase and sale agreement to annex the cliff through a boundary line adjustment on their Bolton Quarry climbing area. With the support of the Access Fund and local climbers, CRAG-VT completed the land purchase in early July.