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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.
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.