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Stewardship in Frenchman Coulee

Climbers have been helping care for the land in Frenchman Coulee and Echo Basin (the area commonly known as “Vantage”) for decades. The Access Fund organized work here in 2000, and the Washington Climbers Coalition has done projects here since 2010. The Mountaineers, the American Alpine Club, and the Spokane Mountaineers have participated in these […]

By |April 25th, 2016|Advocacy, Vantage News|Comments Off on Stewardship in Frenchman Coulee

Protecting Access to a Gem at Gold Bar

The area affectionately known as “Gold Bar” houses some of the best granite bouldering to be found. The area has been recognized as a bouldering mecca since about 2000, and climbers have been active stewards in the area ever since. Those displaying a Washington Climbers Coalition sticker had special access here for a period of […]

By |April 16th, 2016|Advocacy|Comments Off on Protecting Access to a Gem at Gold Bar

Making friends over falcons

Seasonal nesting closures in support of Peregrine Falcon populations occur at many sites in Washington. Climbers and land managers are increasingly working together to identify nest sites and this has allowed us to have the closure area and the closure period more narrowly tailored so that we have broader climbing access in some areas.

By |April 10th, 2016|Advocacy|Comments Off on Making friends over falcons

Ten Recurring Access Issues

Access issues come an go. Climbing areas may be closed through the reaction of land managers or property owners to concerns having to do with rock climbing activity or they may be closed through neglect of an access road, or for many other reasons. The are some common issues:

Increasing recreational pressures are being placed on […]

By |April 10th, 2016|Ongoing Issues|Comments Off on Ten Recurring Access Issues

Why do stewardship projects?

Stewardship projects allow us to take care of the places where we climb. These efforts improve the climbing experience and help maintain access by keeping these areas in good condition and demonstrating to land managers and others that “we care.”

Maintaining trails and relationships at Gold Bar Boulders Goldbar project, 2016.Truc Allen photo.

The […]

By |April 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why do stewardship projects?