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Access Fund Represents Climbers in Washington, DC
In early March Access Fund representatives traveled to Washington, DC to advocate for climber interests on a number of pressing issues. The Access Fund’s trip focused primarily on longstanding issues that are finally coming to a head: National Park Service mountaineering fees and policies for managing fixed anchors in wilderness.
New raptor monitoring program in the South Platte will provide greater climbing access
We are pleased to announce that the County recently gained legal access from a municipal water district, which will enable annual monitoring at Cathedral Spires, preventing a blanket closure. A full area closure is expected from March 1st through the end of April. During this time, the County will locate active nest sites, evaluate the minimum buffer size, and implement spot closures.
Jailhouse Unlocked: Community helps Access Fund reach initial fundraising goal
The Access Fund is thrilled to announce the completion of the initial fundraising phase for Jailhouse Rock. In just over two months, climbers and conservationists from California and beyond have raised over $49,000—exceeding our initial fundraising goal.
ACTION ALERT: Climber Comments Needed to NPS Wilderness Fixed Anchor Proposal
In January the National Park Service (NPS) released an updated draft of its wilderness management policies which cover a wide range of topics including provisions specific to climbing fixed anchors. Iconic climbing areas in the U.S.—including Yosemite, Zion, Black Canyon, and Rocky Mountain national parks—will be governed by this new policy. Climber comments are needed to advocate for several clarifications and improvements to DO #41.
Access Fund Wants Your Input on NPS Fixed Anchor Proposal
The National Park Service has released an updated draft of its wilderness management policies. The Access Fund is soliciting the input of the climbing community to inform our policy position on the critically important issue of climbing fixed anchors in National Park Service Wilderness.
Climbing Saved – For Now – After Quarry Operation Halted at Rock Canyon, UT
Rock Canyon, one of Utah’s oldest climbing areas 40 miles south of Salt Lake City outside Provo, recently had a major success in a legal dispute over whether the canyon’s rock could be mined.
Registration open for Red Rock Rendezvous
Registration is now open for the Red Rock Rendezvous. Sign up for this great event, which benefits the Access Fund. Hope to see you there!
Gunks Climbers' Coalition raises $10,000 for Waterworks Bouldering Area, NY
The Gunks Climbers’ Coalition (GCC) made its first payment in fulfilling its commitment to support the management and maintenance of the Waterworks bouldering area, which lies at the northern end of the Mohonk Preserve.
Protect Mountaineering on Denali: Attend a NPS Open House in Seattle, WA or Golden, CO
Denali National Park proposes to raise mountaineering fees 150% from $200 to $500 per climber. As part of the public involvement process prior to making a decision, the National Park Service is hosting two open houses in January to provide information on Denali’s mountaineering program and how the special mountaineering fee is used.
National Park Service Releases New Wilderness Policy on Climbing Fixed Anchors
After years of anticipation and direct advocacy by the Access Fund, the National Park Service has released an updated draft of its wilderness management policies in order to provide accountability, consistency, and continuity in its wilderness stewardship program. The update covers a wide range of topics including the long-waited-for provisions specific to climbing fixed anchors.