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Access Fund Announces First Round Grant Recipients for 2009
In the first round of the Climbing Grants Preservation program for 2009, the Access Fund awarded over $20,000 to support local climbing activism and conservation of the climbing environment. Presented three times annually, the Climbing Preservation Grants program provides financial assistance for local climber activism and protection of the climbing environment in the
Access Fund Hosts Land Conservation Summit
If you’ve kept up with climbing access headlines at all over the past few years, you’ve seen the trend—Local Climbing Organization Buys Crag X. As the Access Fund looks to the future of climbing access in
Hueco Tanks’ Grenade Boulder Climbing Site Temporarily Closed
Rock climbers recently noticed canyon wrens nesting at a popular climbing site at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site. Due to concerns about disturbing the nesting birds, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has temporarily closed Grenade Boulder until hatchlings fledge. It is expected to be closed for about a month.
Flatirons Climbing Council (FCC) Secures Expansion of Fixed Anchors in Boulder Flatirons
The FCC recently secured substantial expansion of the formations open for fixed anchors in the Boulder Flatirons. The FCC has worked for many years to have a complete ban on new bolts (issued by the city in 1990) gradually lifted.
Climb. Hike. Fight ovarian cancer one foot at a time.
Raise funds and awareness for ovarian cancer by participating in the 3rd Annual HERA Ovarian Cancer Climb for Life on June 26th and 27th in
Access Fund Mourns the Passing of Rob Hart
Last week, the Access Fund and the climbing community lost one of its own in a tragic skiing accident. Rob Hart, founder and owner of Crazy Creek, was killed while skiing his local mountain in Red Lodge,
Access Road to Bulo Point Secured
Access to Bulo Point, a popular climbing area on the east side of Mt. Hood, recently came into question during an environmental assessment to restore aquatic habitat in Mt. Hood National Forest. The assessment resulted in three recommended courses of action, one of which would decommission an access road to the climbing area.
New Hope for Williamson Rock Access
After a three-year "temporary" climbing closure at Williamson Rock near Los Angeles, we have seen significant progress in the last few months. The area was originally closed as a precautionary measure to protect critical habitat of the mountain yellow-legged frog while the United States Forest Service (USFS) conducted an environmental assessment and studied options for alternate trail access.
Climbing Potentially at Risk at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working on a new conservation plan for the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, including a review of compatible land uses, and local climbers are making sure they have a voice in the process. The Wichitas, as they are commonly known, offer a unique wilderness climbing experience that is unmatched by any other area in the Midwest.
New Climbing Access Trails Opened in the McDowell Mountains, Arizona
After being threatened by the encroachment of a housing development, climbing access in the McDowell Mountains, near Scottsdale, Arizona, just got easier and more secure.