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Grant Applications Due March 1st
Got an access or stewardship project that needs funding? It’s not too late to submit a grant application for our spring cycle. The Access Fund Climbing Preservation Grant Program funds projects that preserve or enhance climbing access and conserve the climbing environment throughout the United States.
Massacre & Castle Rocks: Your Advocacy in Action
Concerned climbers submitted hundreds of letters to the BLM outlining reasonable compromises that allow climbing and protection of cultural resources at Massacre and Castle Rocks. Thanks to your advocacy the BLM has reconsidered its proposal.
Jailhouse Gets a Makeover
This November, dollars from the Unlock Jailhouse fundraising campaign were put into action as 45 climbers spent the day with shovels in hand to start a new era at Jailhouse, ensuring that climbers can safely park their cars at a new trailhead half the distance to the crag. The new Access Fund Conservation Team organized dozens of volunteers in its most extensive project to date.
Rifle Expansion on the Horizon?
Immediately down the canyon from Rifle Mountain Park is a piece of property known as Rifle Falls State Fish Unit, owned by Colorado Division of Wildlife, which contains climbing resources comparable to the excellent climbing found at Rifle. Climbing is currently prohibited on the property, but Access Fund and Rifle Climbers Coalition have been working together to open this property to climbing.
Safe Harbor “South” Crags Re-Open!
We are happy to report that after more than a decade in limbo, the crags at Safe Harbor in Pennsylvania have been partially re-opened to climbing.
Outdoor Alliance Hosts Partnership Summit in Colorado
The first-ever Outdoor Alliance Partnership Summit kicked off on the evening of Dec. 6, at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO. The two-day meeting brings together field staff from each of the six OA groups—as well as representatives from state and federal land management agencies—to share stories of successful working relationships from around the United States.
Carolina Climbers Coalition Makes Final Payment on Rumbling Bald!
The Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC) made their final payment last week on their Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) loan, completing their purchase of the Rumbling Bald West Side Boulders in North Carolina. The
Conservation Team Completes Restoration Work in Bishop
With the help of several BLM staff and volunteer archeologists, Dave and Jeff addressed some issues at the Tablelands in Bishop, CA that were encroaching on archeological sites, as well as improved the approach to the Sad Boulders.
Washington Climbers Coalition Offers Joint Membership with Access Fund
The Washington Climbers' Coalition has joined forces with the Access Fund for the good of climbers and climbing access in Washington state.
Boulder Climbing Community Offers Joint Membership with Access Fund
The Access Fund has combined forces with the Boulder Climbing Community for the good of climbers and climbing access in the Boulder, Colorado area.