August 2018 Update: The second toilet at Frenchman Coulee, near Vantage, Washington, is open for business. Fundraising was jointly undertaken by the Washington Climbers Coalition, the Access Fund, the American Alpine Club, and The Mountaineers. With the help of climbers groups, gyms, and equipment vendors, we raised the funds for a toilet here in 2012 [...]
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The Tieton River area hosts a wide variety of sport and trad climbing, and some excellent bouldering as well. In 2017 the Access Fund Conservation Team was in the state for a couple of months and, working on contract with the Washington Climbers Coalition (WCC), they supervised volunteers working to stabilize [...]
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 [...]
Beacon plan Index plan Olympia, June 21, 2017. Years of work by rock climbers culminated this week when Washington State Parks Director Don Hoch signed a new climbing management plan for Forks of the Sky State Park (Index Town Walls) and an updated plan for Beacon Rock State Park. The Forks of the [...]
Public policy and public perception of climbing is evolving. Climbing as a sport began in the 19th century. Edward Whymper and his Victorian era friends started "climbing" as an elite leisure activity 150 years ago. Working class climbers took to this activity in England in the 20th century and they started (literally) using railroad hardware [...]