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2008 Skagit Gorge Management Agreement

Since 2003, climbers have been adhering to a voluntary “moratorium” on the development of new climbs and new bouldering areas in the Skagit Gorge and other parts of the Ross Lake National Recreation Area.  One area in particular, just outside the town of Newhalem, has high quality sport climbing and extensive bouldering.  Unfortunately, much of […]

By |April 1st, 2008|Advocacy|Comments Off on 2008 Skagit Gorge Management Agreement

2007 Static Point Access Reduced

Spada Reservoir from the air. Photo from Cliff Mass Weather Blog.

Static Point is located on land which is managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). DNR manages their land to generate timber revenue which is intended to support public schools. Access to the area utilizes roads maintained for the […]

By |July 29th, 2007|Advocacy|Comments Off on 2007 Static Point Access Reduced

2005 Sam Hill Acquisition

The Washington Climbers Coalition helped the Trust for Public Land (TPL) buy Leavenworth’s Sam Hill crags in April, 2005. A 40-acre parcel was for sale and at risk for residential development, seriously threatening access. Crags included in the purchase are Sam Hill, The Underhill, Whoopsie Pillar, Ski Tracks Crack, the Fridge Boulder, and Trundle Dome.

The […]

By |July 29th, 2005|Advocacy|Comments Off on 2005 Sam Hill Acquisition

2005 Dishman Defused

Ad appearing in Rock and Ice Magazine

In June, 2004, a longtime Spokane area climber raised concerns about issues including the presence of two artificial (bolted on) holds, hold chipping, and retrobolting (including retrobolting gear-protected routes) at the Dishman crag in Spokane. An employee of the land owning irrigation district (himself an […]

By |June 15th, 2005|Advocacy|Comments Off on 2005 Dishman Defused

2005 Darrington road repaired

Over the winter 2004-2005, rockslides damaged the Clear Creek road (FS 2050) in three locations. Citing a budget crisis, the Forest Serviced announced that the road was not a high enough priority to justify undertaking repairs. They blockaded the road.

In response, climbers embarked on a letter writing and telephone campaign. The Forest Service reversed course […]

By |May 1st, 2005|Advocacy|Comments Off on 2005 Darrington road repaired