What public lands are open?

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Some private and public lands may have limited access or facilities' Canadian border closed.

  • Recreational travel to Canada is not permitted as of June 28 due to COVID 19 concerns.

Dispersed camping on public lands (outside of campgrounds)

Camping on National Forest and BLM lands is generally allowed.

  • Methow Valley climbers ask that, if you choose to climb in or near the Methow Valley, please follow all State and Forest Service guidelines; please follow the WA state travel mandates to day trips only; please bring wag bags or a portable toilet because most regional public bathrooms will remain closed TBD; and please understand the dispersed Camping under Goat Wall is always discouraged.
  • Make your own toilet: our river-rafting friends have been using portable toilets forever. Here's a link to one video on how to make one (hints: number one in the great outdoors world wide urinal - only number two goes into the toilet; a regular toilet seat can replace the pool noodle).
    you tube video
  • Tips: the Washington Trails Association has compiled some tips about dispersed camping:
    Tips from the WTA

Climbing with Covid

The Access Fund has developed guidelines for climbing during the COVID 19 pandemic.

We've all been cooped up for too long and holiday weekends and the summer in general call us outside. Please consider the following guidelines, developed by the Access Fund and published in Climbing Magazine on May 18:

  • If you have symptoms stay home
  • Avoid crowded spaces—this means crags, trails, and parking lots. Be prepared to turn around if you arrive at a crowded area
  • Maintain a safe physical distance (six feet or more) from those who are not in your group
  • Only climb with partners within your isolation bubble who you have already been in contact with
  • Wear a face mask while you’re gearing up to climb, though you are more than likely OK to remove it once on the rock
  • Sanitize your hands after touching your gear and between climbs
  • Only climb at local areas to prevent bringing the virus from a densely populated area with a large number of cases to a more remote area
  • Only climb at local areas to prevent bringing the virus from a densely populated area with a large number of cases to a more remote area
  • For more information: https://www.accessfund.org/open-gate-blog/climbing-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic
  • The Seattle Times has compiled some useful links, including where to find public restrooms and where you may find restaurants that will serve you without going inside.
    Times' tipsAmerican Alpine Club's list of links about sanitizing gear: AACbackyard

If you are new to climbing outdoors, take it easy

With gyms closed, many of us are driven outside. Sterling Rope published the following recommendations for those coming out of the gym.
Tips for a smooth transition from gym to crag

Climbers News tips for bouldering outside for the first time
nine top tips

Top five mistakes: Climbing Magazine