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Access Fund Secures MOU with National Park Service
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

6/24/2009
The Access Fund announces today that, after six years of collaborative negotiations, it has finalized and signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Park Service (NPS), framing a cooperative relationship between climbers and NPS.

Closed: Draper’s Bluff, Illinois
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6/15/2009
Owners of the popular Illinois climbing area, Draper's Bluff, published an open letter to the climbing community last month announcing the immediate closure of their land to climbing and other recreational use.

Mid-Atlantic Climbers Receive Special Thanks from Park Service
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6/15/2009
Last month, Access Fund headquarters received a letter of gratitude from the Shenandoah National Park superintendent, calling out the exemplary work of the Mid-Atlantic Climbers (MAC) at their recent Shenandoah Rockfest Adopt a Crag event.

Obama Administration Takes Action to Safeguard Roadless Areas
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6/15/2009
We are happy to report that on May 28, the Obama Administration agreed with the Access Fund and Outdoor Alliance's suggested approach to take a “time out” on new developments in Roadless Areas until conflicting court rulings regarding their protection could be resolved.

Queen Creek, AZ Land Exchange Bill Introduced Into the Congress
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6/15/2009
On May 20, Arizona’s US Representative Ann Kirkpatrick introduced a House bill authorizing the exchange of popular bouldering area Oak Flat to Resolution Copper Mining.

Copp, Dash, Johnson Feared Missing on China Expedition
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6/5/2009
Three Boulder, Colorado climbers—Jonathan Copp (age 35), Micah Dash (age 30), and Wade Johnson (age 24)—are overdue, having missed their flight on June 3 from Chengdu, China. Both Jonathan and Micah are Access Fund athlete Amabassadors.


CRAG-VT Completes Purchase of Upper West Bolton Cliff
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

6/4/2009
The Climbing Resource Access Group of Vermont (CRAG-VT) completed the subdivision and purchase of Upper West Bolton Cliff in Bolton, VT, establishing permanent protection of the area’s natural and recreational resources.

Option Secured to Purchase Lower Index Town Wall, WA
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

5/26/2009

An option agreement to purchase the 20-acre private inholding at the Lower Index Town Walls of Snohomish County, Washington has been secured. The popular climbing area was closed earlier this year when the private landowner revoked access due to renewed interest from quarrying companies. After weeks of negotiations, an option agreement was reached that gives the Washington Climbers Coalition the sole right to purchase the property for long-term management.  



Access Fund to Host Telluride Mountainfilm Zero Emissions Tour in Boulder
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5/21/2009
Access Fund announces today that it will host a stop on the Telluride Mountainfilm Zero Emissions Tour on June 10, 2009 at the Boulder Theater in downtown Boulder, CO. Tickets for the June 10th tour stop at the Boulder Theater are on sale now for $15 at http://www.bouldertheater.com/event_detail.php?id=1098. The show starts at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:00pm.


First-Ever Hemispheric Wide Climbing Access Organization to be Hosted by 2009 Squamish Mountain Festival
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

5/18/2009
Access Pan America is the first-ever campaign to keep climbing areas open and protect the climbing environment across the Western Hemisphere. Access Pan America is a fledgling grassroots effort of individual climbers, climbing organizations (including the Access Fund), federations, outdoor clubs, and corporate supporters. The network will meet for the first time during the Squamish Mountain Festival, presented by ARC'TERYX, August 12-16, 2009. The inaugural meeting is sponsored by the Petzl Foundation, which will provide travel scholarships to access activists from across the Americas.

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