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Southeastern Climbers Coalition Partners with the Access Fund to Acquire Hospital Boulders
The Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) is pleased to announce that it is under contract to acquire the Hospital Boulders in northeastern Alabama. The Access Fund is providing a bridge loan of $75,000 from the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) to finance the acquisition.
Access Fund Partners with Brooklyn Boulders for Climbing Access
The Access Fund is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Brooklyn Boulders (BKB) climbing gym in a joint-membership venture geared towards providing outdoor stewardship opportunities and education to climbers in the Northeast.
Access Fund Acquires Holy Boulders – Asks for Further Support
The Access Fund is pleased to announce that it has acquired the Holy Boulders in Southern Illinois. However, more help is needed from the climbing community to fundraise and transfer the property to a long-term owner.
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.