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Yellow Bluff Officially Opens!
For climbers in the Southeast, April 18 started like any other Saturday––with one big difference. This particular Saturday marked the re-opening of the historic Yellow Bluff cliff line.
City Support Garnered for Climbing at Auburn Quarry
Both the City Council and the Mayor expressed their support for a resumption of climbing at the quarry. Although the decision is still at the discretion of California Department of Parks and Recreation, CRAGS is very encouraged by this support and feels that it will bring us one step closer to re-opening climbing at the Quarry.
Climbing Management Plan for North Area of McDowell Sonoran Preserve Approved!
After five years of persistent and cooperative negotiations between local climbers from the Arizona Mountaineering Club (AMC), the City of Scottsdale, and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission, the rock climbing plan for the north area of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve was approved.
Climbing Access Update for Wichita Mountains, OK
Over the last few months the Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition (WMCC) and the Access Fund have been watching the land-use planning process closely at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and taking steps to ensure continued climbing access.
Friends of Williamson Rock Working with the USFS in California
Since funding allocation was announced, the Friends of Williamson Rock (FoWR) have continued advocating for climbing access during the study planning process.
Access Fund and Washington Climbers Coalition Working to Protect Lower Index Town Wall, WA
The landowners have historically allowed public access and climbing. However, recent interest from quarrying companies led the landowner to post no trespassing signs earlier in March. The Access Fund and Washington Climbers Coalition are working closely with the landowner to find an alternative solution, such as permanent protection through acquisition in the near future.
Portion of Near Trapps at the Gunks closed to climbing
Earlier this month, a portion of the Near Trapps has been closed to climbing. This includes land below the cliff to above cliff line and starts approximately at Eenie Meenie and continues south about 200 feet. Climbers are asked to respect the no-trespassing signs and obtain access to climbs further south by rappelling in from the Millbrook Ridge Trail.
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.