Government Shutdown Closes Climbing Areas Across the Country


When the government shut down nearly two weeks ago, we lost access to many climbing areas across the country. Those of you who had trips planned to Yosemite or other staffed public lands were left out in the cold. Although some public lands and trails that do not require staff have remained open, most services and amenities have been shut down. Our members have generated nearly 1,000 letters to Congress in the past two weeks, letting our representatives know that this is having a real impact on real people. Even though it might seem like a futile effort, these letters are getting read and are helping to increase the pressure on both sides to find a timely resolution to this situation. If you haven’t yet written a letter, we encourage you to do so. Visit our Action Center to quickly identify your representatives and fire off a letter with your story.