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Indian Creek Update

Human Waste - Thanks in part to a Patagonia Environmental Grant, the pilot program for self management of human waste at Indian Creek nears the end of its 3rd climbing season. For details see the new Friends of Indian Creek (FOIC) website www.friendsofindiancreek.org which was made possible by generous support from Trango). The success of this trial program is key to maintaining the unique primitive camping and climbing experience found at Indian Creek and stave off view-killing improvements by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). See Timmy O'Neil taking care of business the right way at the Creek: www.accessfund.org/extras/tic.php

Camping - During an Access Fund Adopt-A-Crag in early September, the Friends of Indian Creek assisted Dugout Ranch tenant Heidi Redd to close approximately 10 campsites along the Bridger Jack Road that are on Dugout Property. This work, in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy and the BLM, was part of a FOIC compromise with Heidi for continued climbing access across Dugout Land (such as access trails to Super Crack, Scarface and several other popular buttresses). Over thirty designated BLM campsites remain 1.5 miles further down the Bridger Jack Road, and nearly all other established Indian Creek campsites remain open for use.

Parking - there is no parking at the former Way Rambo parking area. This area has been posted as closed by the state but apparently someone has removed the sign. The final 500 yards of that road is now closed to vehicle access so please park back at the triangle junction where the road goes to Pistol Whipped Wall. Moving this parking area will limit conflict with the Indian Creek Cattle Company's seasonal work moving cows and only add a few minutes of extra walking for climbers headed to Way Rambo.

Information Brochure - With financial help from the Access Fund the Friends of Indian Creek have also produced an informational brochure that will guide visitors to camping, climbing and parking locations throughout Indian Creek. An online version of this guide can be found here friendsofindiancreek.org/ICbrochure.pdf The brochure will also explain low-impact practices, the new human waste project and other specifics of the new Indian Creek Management Plan friendsofindiancreek.org/agencies.php. For more information, join the Friends of Indian Creek by emailing info@friendsofindiancreek.org or contact Jason Keith at jason@accessfund.org

Date: 10/13/2006