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October 2012

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Access Fund Acquires Holy Boulders – Asks for Further Support


We are thrilled to announce that the Access Fund has purchased the Holy Boulders in Southern Illinois using funds from the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign <http://www.accessfund.org/aflcc> ’s revolving loan program. While private landowners have historically allowed climbing access at the Holy Boulders, known for its Fontainebleau-like perfect sandstone friction and aesthetic lines, they decided to sell the property, putting the boulders at risk of indefinite closure.

With a narrow window of opportunity to protect the Holy Boulders, local climbers sounded the alarm to help protect this hidden gem of the American bouldering community. After months of working with the landowners and local climbers, the Access Fund reached an agreement to protect the Holy Boulders through a multi-phased conservation project.

While the Access Fund has secured temporary ownership of the Holy Boulders using funds from the revolving loan program, we now need your help to raise $185,000 to secure permanent ownership of Holy Boulders and transfer it to a long-term owner that will keep climbing access open for future generations. Please make a donation to the Protect What’s Holy campaign today!

Protect What’s Holy <http://www.accessfund.org/holyboulders>

Action Alert: Help Advocate for Appropriate Fixed Anchor Use at Red Rocks


We need your help to advocate for reasonable fixed anchor management in Red Rocks. Right now, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is creating a plan for managing the use of fixed anchors in wilderness areas within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Currently, no new fixed anchors can be placed in these wilderness areas and replacing existing bolts by hand requires a permit. We need your help to advocate for the appropriate use of fixed anchors in Red Rocks wilderness. Now is the time to act. The BLM is seeking input from the public to guide the planning process and this is the right time to advocate for appropriate fixed anchor use. You can submit your comments through our easy-to-use letter writing tool <http://www.accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.5208267/k.8C84/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=5208267&aid=518934> , or directly to rrc_fixedanchors at blm.gov by November 18.


Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition Makes Final Payment on Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve!


The Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition (RRGCC) <http://rrgcc.org/> made the final payment on their Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) <http://www.accessfund.org/aflcc> loan, completing eight years of fundraising for their purchase of the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP). RRGCC purchased the PMRP in 2004. Through their annual Rocktoberfest event, major donors, two Access Fund grants, and other grassroots fundraising, RRGCC paid down a significant portion of their original seller-financed loan. Despite this progress, they remained at risk of losing the property and all funds donated by climbers to the seller if they missed an annual payment. So, in 2010 the Access Fund provided RRGCC with a $65,000 AFLCC loan to pay off their original loan. This saved RRGCC approximately $10,000, and eliminated any risk of losing the climbing preserve. The RRGCC is the sixth organization to fully pay back their AFLCC loan, returning funds to the revolving loan program so the Access Fund can loan the money out again to save another threatened climbing area.

Congratulations RRGC!

Climbing Ban Lifted: Auburn Quarry Opens


Climbing Resource Advocates for Greater Sacramento (CRAGS) <http://norcalcrags.org/> and the Access Fund are excited to announce the opening of Auburn Quarry in California! CRAGS and Access Fund successfully negotiated an agreement with California’s Auburn State Recreation Area to lift a 9-year ban on rock climbing at the Cave Valley Climbing Area (the “Auburn Quarry”). The agreement was contingent on CRAGS providing critical services in the area to offset climber impacts. We launched a fundraising campaign in August to raise $9,520 to provide these services and restore climbing access. The local community responded with vigor and helped meet the fundraising goal in only two weeks! The area officially opened on September 28th. Thanks to all of the donors and local advocates who made this success a reality.

Congratulations Sacramento climbers!

Access Fund to Host Future of Fixed Anchors Conference


Today, land managers are more cognizant of climbing’s impacts and are increasingly using their legal authority to regulate how climbing areas are used, developed, and maintained. However, most land managers lack the personal experience with climbing or route development to make knowledgeable decisions.

That's why the Access Fund is bringing together the most prolific and experienced first ascentionists, route equippers, advocates, and industry representatives to help proactively develop an American consensus for best bolting practices and discuss the future of our sport.

Our goal is to protect climbing access by convening the most experienced and influential members of the climbing community to begin developing and documenting fixed anchor best practices, which will help inform good public policy and educate other climbers.

The conference is sponsored by Liberty Mountain, Petzl, Black Diamond, and ClimbTech and will take place in Las Vegas this November.

Contact rd at accessfund.org for more information.

Access Fund Offers Joint Membership with Salt Lake Climbers Alliance


We are thrilled to welcome the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance (SLCA) <http://www.saltlakeclimbers.org/> as the Access Fund’s newest joint member affiliate. SLCA has been a leading force in sustaining Wasatch Front climbing resources for over ten years. Access Fund is excited to expand our partnership with SLCA to include joint membership. You can now join both organizations at the same time, with a single membership—benefits from both organizations for the cost of one! Joint membership starts at just $35.

Join today! <http://www.accessfund.org/site/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.8347425/k.7408/Salt_Lake_Climbers_Alliance.htm>

Share a Photo and Help the Access Fund Win Cash from CLIF Bar!


Clif Bar will donate $5 to the Access Fund for every photo you upload at Meet the Moment! <http://www.meetthemoment.com/> They'll also kick in another $1 every time you "like" or "share" a moment through their website. It's easy and fun and only take a few minutes.

Create your moment now! <http://www.meetthemoment.com/>

Upcoming Events

* Climb Smart with Friends of Joshua Tree || Oct. 19 – 21
Register today! <http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=231696>
* Reel Rock Tour || All Fall! || Coming to a City Near You!
Get dates and locations. <http://www.reelrocktour.com/calendar/>
* The North Face Speaker Series || All Fall! || Coming to a City Near You!
Get dates and locations. <http://www.thenorthface.com/en_US/get-outdoors/speaker_series/>

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