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Copp, Dash, Johnson Feared Missing on China Expedition
Three Boulder, Colorado climbers—Jonathan Copp (age 35), Micah Dash (age 30), and Wade Johnson (age 24)—are overdue, having missed their flight on June 3 from Chengdu, China. Both Jonathan and Micah are Access Fund athlete Amabassadors.
CRAG-VT Completes Purchase of Upper West Bolton Cliff
The Climbing Resource Access Group of Vermont (CRAG-VT) completed the subdivision and purchase of Upper West Bolton Cliff in Bolton, VT, establishing permanent protection of the area’s natural and recreational resources.
Option Secured to Purchase Lower Index Town Wall, WA
An option agreement to purchase the 20-acre private inholding at the Lower Index Town Walls of Snohomish County, Washington has been secured. The popular climbing area was closed earlier this year when the private landowner revoked access due to renewed interest from quarrying companies. After weeks of negotiations, an option agreement was reached that gives the Washington Climbers Coalition the sole right to purchase the property for long-term management.
Access Fund to Host Telluride Mountainfilm Zero Emissions Tour in Boulder
Access Fund announces today that it will host a stop on the Telluride Mountainfilm Zero Emissions Tour on June 10, 2009 at the Boulder Theater in downtown Boulder, CO. Tickets for the June 10th tour stop at the Boulder Theater are on sale now for $15 at http://www.bouldertheater.com/event_detail.php?id=1098. The show starts at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:00pm.
First-Ever Hemispheric Wide Climbing Access Organization to be Hosted by 2009 Squamish Mountain Festival
Access Pan America is the first-ever campaign to keep climbing areas open and protect the climbing environment across the Western Hemisphere. Access Pan America is a fledgling grassroots effort of individual climbers, climbing organizations (including the Access Fund), federations, outdoor clubs, and corporate supporters. The network will meet for the first time during the Squamish Mountain Festival, presented by ARC'TERYX, August 12-16, 2009. The inaugural meeting is sponsored by the Petzl Foundation, which will provide travel scholarships to access activists from across the Americas.
Laurel Knob is Paid For!
After more than three years of fundraising efforts, the Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC) made the final payment for the acquisition of Laurel Knob in
Yellow Bluff Officially Opens!
For climbers in the Southeast, April 18 started like any other Saturday––with one big difference. This particular Saturday marked the re-opening of the historic Yellow Bluff cliff line.
City Support Garnered for Climbing at Auburn Quarry
Both the City Council and the Mayor expressed their support for a resumption of climbing at the quarry. Although the decision is still at the discretion of California Department of Parks and Recreation, CRAGS is very encouraged by this support and feels that it will bring us one step closer to re-opening climbing at the Quarry.
Climbing Management Plan for North Area of McDowell Sonoran Preserve Approved!
After five years of persistent and cooperative negotiations between local climbers from the Arizona Mountaineering Club (AMC), the City of Scottsdale, and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission, the rock climbing plan for the north area of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve was approved.
Climbing Access Update for Wichita Mountains, OK
Over the last few months the Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition (WMCC) and the Access Fund have been watching the land-use planning process closely at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and taking steps to ensure continued climbing access.