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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.
Access Fund Announces 2010 Sharp End Awards
Each year the Access Fund recognizes individuals and businesses that go above and beyond to volunteer their time and efforts to preserving climbing access and the climbing environment. These recipients stand out in their commitment to the American climbing community, and the Access Fund is honored to present this year's awards to a worthy group of volunteers and activists.
Access Fund Helps American Alpine Club Secure 40 Acres for New River Gorge Climbers’ Campground
The Access Fund is pleased to announce that it has provided the American Alpine Club (AAC) with an 18-month loan to assist with the purchase of 40 acres in Fayetteville, West Virginia adjacent to the New River Gorge National River. The land will be improved as a campground.
Omnibus Lands Bill Could Affect Climbing at Oak Flat
The Access Fund is keeping tabs on a huge public lands bill that, though unlikely, could potentially pass Congress during the lame duck session. The ‘‘Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2010’’ includes provisions that would enact the controversial Southeast Arizona Land Exchange Act.
Protect Climbing Access at Chimney Rock State Park
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources recently released a draft Chimney Rock State Park Master Plan that significantly restricts rock climbing in much of the park. The current master plan draft lacks a clear process for evaluating and considering responsible climbing access while still balancing the protection of natural resources. We need your help to ensure current and future access are protected! Take Action Now!
Access Fund Secures Jailhouse Rock – Asks for Further Support
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
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.Take Action Now!
Your Chance to Give Input on Proposed Denali and Rainer Mountaineering Fee Increases
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
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
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.