Liberty Bell Needs Climbers' Support

The Liberty Bell Group, a cluster of five granite spires at Washington Pass outside Mazama, is home to some of the most popular and iconic alpine climbing in Washington State, including classic Fred Beckey first ascents like the Beckey Route on Liberty Bell and the West Face of North Early Winter Spire. Over the last decade, the area has become increasingly popular among alpine climbers. This rapidly expanding use has led to deteriorating trail conditions, severe erosion, and unsafe approaches.

Photo courtesy of Matt Perkins

The Liberty Bell Conservation Initiative will address these critical issues, and we are shovel-ready. But the project needs $100,000 to cover two seasons of professional trail crews and supplies to address critical stewardship and conservation needs. To kickstart the project, The Mountaineers have donated $10,000, the Washington Climbers Coalition shared $4,000 (awarded from the AAC Cornerstone Grant Program), and the Petzl Foundation has kicked in $6,000 to bring us closer to our goal.

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© Joe Sambataro

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In memory of legendary local Fred Beckey, we need your help to raise an additional $80,000 by June 2018.
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“Fred returned here again and again over a period of seven decades,” says his close companion, Megan Bond. “He recognized the need to take care of this place, and he’d be proud to support this project.”

Once fundraising is complete, the Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team will lead this initiative to restore the western slopes of the Liberty Bell Group. They will work closely with the US Forest Service and draw on the extensive volunteer network of The Mountaineers, Washington Climbers Coalition, the local chapter of the American Alpine Club, and the local Mazama community.

Plans include hardening and stabilizing existing sections of trail and rerouting unsustainable sections to safer, less impactful, and more stable paths. Way-finding signage and a wag bag dispenser are also planned to improve the experience of visiting climbers by keeping climbers on preferred paths and reducing human waste in this fragile sub-alpine environment.

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Learn how local partners are working together to conserve this incredible area.