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Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition Makes Final Payment on Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve!
The Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition (RRGCC) made final payment on their Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) loan, completing eight years of fundraising for their purchase of the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP) and returning funds to the revolving loan program where the Access Fund will loan the money out again to save another threatened climbing area.
Egregious Wilderness Climbing Violations at Joshua Tree
Within the pristine wilderness of Queen Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park sits a beautiful area called The Underground Chasm. Earlier this year, local climbers noticed that the approach steps to Underground Chasm were chipped into the rock, and the routes also appeared to be “enhanced” and overly bolted. A subsequent Park Service investigation of The Underground Chasm discovered hundreds of illegally placed bolts, fixed rope, burnt Joshua Trees, stashed camping and climbing gear, chipped steps and damage to other nearby trees and plants.
Access Fund Announces Second Round Grant Recipients
The Access Fund is pleased to announce that it has awarded over $18,000 in this second round of the 2012 Climbing Preservation Grants Program. Again this round, Access Fund members got the opportunity to review qualifying grant projects and rate them, providing valuable input to our grant selection committee as to which projects they want their dollars to support.
Auburn Quarry Fundraising Goal Met
The Access Fund and Climbing Resource Advocates for Greater Sacramento (CRAGS) are pleased to announce the successful completion of the fundraising campaign to open Auburn Quarry outside of Sacramento, California.
Allied Climbers of San Diego Newest Joint Member Affiliate
The Access Fund is pleased to welcome Allied Climbers of San Diego (ACSD) as the newest joint member affiliate.
Hawaii Crags Closed After Accident
Apparent concern for liability closes two crags in Hawaii after serious accident. Access Fund working with local climbers and business owners on short- and long-term options for re-opening both crags.
Jemez (aka Crystal) Cave Closing
NM CRAG held a public meeting with the local climbing community yesterday to review the current status. While the official closure date is projected to be mid October, NM CRAG and the Forest Service are requesting that climbers voluntarily refrain from climbing at Crystal Cave at this time.
Trout Creek Closure Lifted
We are sorry to report that the golden eagle nest site failed—through no fault of climbers. The voluntary closure has been lifted, and climbers are once again able to access Trout Creek. A huge thanks goes out to local climbers who showed restraint by respecting the closure and volunteering as monitors, which helped to facilitate a solid working relationship with local BLM officials.
Auburn Quarry Climbing Ban Nearly Lifted – Your Urgent Support Needed!
We need your help to open Auburn Quarry outside of Sacramento, CA! Climbing Resource Advocates for Greater Sacramento (CRAGS) and the Access Fund are excited to announce the successful negotiation of an agreement with California’s Auburn State Recreation Area to lift a 9-year ban on rock climbing at the Cave Valley Climbing Area (the “Auburn Quarry”). However, climbing access is now contingent on CRAGS providing critical services in the area to offset climber impacts.
Stop Vermont Fish & Wildlife Climbing Ban
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department (VFWD) is currently considering a rule that would ban climbing on all of their managed lands. We need your help to convince VFWD to add climbing as an authorized activity!