Locals Rally to Address Proposed Bolt Ban in Alaska’s Chugach State Park

10/13/2015

Chugach State Park near Anchorage, Alaska hosts extensive climbing resources, including sport, traditional, and mixed lines that are largely protected by bolts. The park is revising its current management plan and has proposed a ban on fixed anchors. However the park’s revised plan also proposes improvements to parking areas that serve the climbing resources, and generally seems to promote climbing. The Access Fund believes that allowances for fixed anchors and fixed anchor maintenance are critical to maintaining sustainable climbing resources at Chugach State Park, and we have organized a coalition of local climbing organizations to work with Chugach State Park officials to advocate for fixed anchor regulations.

The coalition includes Mountaineering Club of Alaska, the American Alpine Club, and Levitation 49, Access Fund's newest local affiliate organization working to sustain community events and recreational resources that support the local economy.

The coalition is using the Access Fund’s recently updated position on fixed anchors to guide its advocacy efforts. So far they have submitted comments to Chugach State Park regarding the proposed fixed anchor prohibition and have scheduled face-to-face meetings with state park administrators to discuss climbing management. Stay tuned for more information.