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 routes on Liberty Bell and South 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.

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. Since January, additional support from Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies, Vertical World, American Alpine Institute, Seattle Bouldering Project, Mountain Madness, the Mazamas, Duct Tape Than Beer, Mountain Bureau LLC, and dozens of local climbers and major donors have brought us closer to our goal.

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© Joe Sambataro

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“Thousands of climbers come to Mazama and Washington Pass each year to climb, hike, ski, and enjoy this beautiful landscape," says CB Thomas, Manager of Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies in Mazama. "We realized the US Forest Service would need addtional support to steward this popular area."

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.

Photo Courtesy of: Steph Abegg

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