|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.
CRAGS has long been working with California’s Auburn State Recreation Area to lift the 9-year ban on rock climbing at the Cave Valley Climbing Area (the “Auburn Quarry”). The park managers have agreed to allow rock climbing at the Quarry, but due to budget cuts the park will require CRAGS to establish and maintain basic services there. CRAGS has entered into an agreement with the California Department of Parks and Recreation to provide these critical services in the area to offset climber impacts.
Both the Access Fund and CRAGS contributed funds to help meet the terms of the new agreement, and on August 10, 2012 the Access Fund kicked off a fundraising campaign to help raise the remainder of the money. The climbing community responded quickly and generously, and in just under two weeks the community raised $9,520 to provide these services and restore climbing access early next month!
A special thanks to all of the individual donors and local businesses, including Planet Granite, Sacramento Pipeworks, and Stoneage Climbing Holds for generously responding to the call for help. “It's really gratifying to see how quickly, and how generously, the climbing community responded,” says CRAGS Board Member Brian Poulsen. “This strengthens my hope that permanent unrestricted climbing access is achievable, and CRAGS is committed to seeing that through.” Donors’ generous contributions will help CRAGS pay for garbage and toilet service and informational signs at the quarry, plus volunteer supplies and park support services.
Opening day is planned for Friday September 7, 2012. Climbers can access the Quarry on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. To maintain access, it is crucial for climbers to respect park rules, the environment, and safe climbing practices. CRAGS continues to work with the park to re-establish permanent climbing access every day of the week. Get involved as a volunteer by visiting www.norcalcrags.org.