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Access Fund Announces First Round Grant Recipients for 2011
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4/5/2011
In the first round of the Climbing Preservation Grant Program for 2011, the Access Fund awarded over $18,000 to support local climbing activism and conservation of the climbing environment. Presented two times annually, the Climbing Preservation Grant program provides financial assistance to the grassroots network and land managers across the United States.

Access Fund Announces 2010 Adopt a Crag Awards
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3/31/2011
Since its inception in 1999, Adopt a Crag has been the largest climbing community volunteer initiative throughout the nation. Each year, the Access Fund and its sponsors honor those organizers who went above and beyond. We are excited to present the 2010 Adopt a Crag awards to a deserving group of volunteers.

20 Years, 20 Milestones: Access Fund Celebrates 20th Anniversary
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3/18/2011
This year, the Access Fund celebrates its 20th anniversary. In celebration of our heritage, we invite you to look back with us on 20 great milestones that have helped shape the course of the Access Fund and climbing in America.

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3/18/2011
This year, the Access Fund celebrates its 20th anniversary. In celebration of our heritage, we invite you to look back with us on 20 great milestones that have helped shape the course of the Access Fund and climbing in America.

Mount Rainier Fee Increase Announced
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3/17/2011
The Access Fund learned Tuesday that the National Park Service has implemented a $13 increase in the cost of an annual climbing pass (from $30 to $43) to climb Mount Rainier. This increase was effective March 15, 2011. The Park Service will offer a new annual Youth Climbing Pass for climbers 24-years of age and younger for $30.

Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council Signs MOU with the BLM
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3/12/2011
After a year working with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to get a formal collaborative agreement in place around climbing management at Red Rocks, the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council (LVCLC) is pleased to report that it has signed an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the federal land management agency.

Access Fund Represents Climbers in Washington, DC
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3/12/2011
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
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3/12/2011
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
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2/25/2011
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
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2/22/2011
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.

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