The Index Fund:
The Washington Climbers Coalition purchased the area on August 23, 2010, and the September 19, 2010, event at Index recognized this incredible milestone for Washington climbing. Over 400 individual donors, 15 businesses, and four or five local climbing clubs supported the eighteen month fundraising effort. Read more about the donors here… 15o people showed up for the celebration at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Index. The event was attended by climbers who were among those who first explored the cliffs and crags around Index in the 1960’s as well as those who climb there several times a week today. The mayor of Index was there. The author of the first Index guidebook, Fred Beckey, was there. Jeff Smoot, author of Washington Rock Climbing, and Darryl Cramer, author of the 2000 guidebook, were there. Beginners and experts attended, oldtimers and many new to the sport. Index rocks and we celebrated this giant leap forward for public access and open space preservation at a place so dear to our hearts.