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Access Fund Secures Jailhouse Rock – Asks for Further Support
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

11/18/2010
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
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

11/12/2010

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.

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Your Chance to Give Input on Proposed Denali and Rainer Mountaineering Fee Increases
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.

11/12/2010
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
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

11/2/2010
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
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

10/15/2010
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
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

10/14/2010
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
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.

9/30/2010
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
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.

9/17/2010
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
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.

09/14/2010
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 Mount Rainer and an unprecedented 150% increase at Denali, taking the price from $300 to $500. The fee increases were announced without an open public process to determine their need or an assessment of the mountaineering programs and budgets for both parks. The Access Fund is working with our partners at the American Alpine Club and the American Mountain Guides Association to protest these unjustified fees and ensure that an open public process be used to determine their validity. To read our general position on recreational use fees, take a look here (link to general use fees page on web). Stay tuned for future updates or contact Jason Keith at Jason@accessfund.org for more information.

Forest Service Recommends Extending Closure of Williamson Rock
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

09/14/2010
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. Angeles National Forest recently proposed extending the current closure at Williamson Rock for three more years to continue monitoring the endangered frog species. The Access Fund and our partners, Friends of Williamson Rock and Allied Climbers of San Diego, are working to assess whether the extended closure is warranted and to ensure that the US Forest Service study alternate approach trails to the popular crag that would allow climbing access and also protect sensitive wildlife habitat. Please take a moment to show your support by urging the US Forest Service to study alternate approach trails to Williamson Rock.

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