Access Issues & Closures:
Re: [t.vegas] Changes to Red Rocks on the way?:
Oct 24, 2008, 3:45 PM
Registered: Nov 7, 2003
You don't have to read the whole 44 page plan. I've snipped the relevant rock climbing section and pasted it below, so those of you who are lazy like me can fill out the survey.
Climbing itself does not require a separate permit (for example, to use removable or existing
fixed protection). However, other permits for use of the area (for example placing new fixed
anchors, overnight bivy camping, or late exit parking) may be required where applicable. Areas
may be closed (permanently or seasonally) to climbing when needed to prevent degradation to
wildlife, plants, cultural resources, or recreational opportunities. Areas within 50 feet of rock art
are closed to climbing. The agencies are responsible for identifying permanently or seasonally
closed areas with the exception of rock art which is self identifying.
The agencies will maintain a climbing inventory which will serve as the identification of routes,
and of those with approved fixed anchors. A permit will be required to place additional new
fixed anchors. Each new permitted route will be added to the climbing inventory. Fixed anchors
may not be placed with power drills, only hand drills are allowed for the placement of new fixed
Replacement or removal of existing fixed anchors. Replacement of existing worn or unstable
fixed anchors on routes identified in the climbing inventory may be accomplished by the public.
So as to minimize impact to the rock, all fixed anchors must be stainless steel, minimum 3/8”
diameter and minimum 3 ½” deep (and comply with other guidelines) to assure the longest
durability possible and the least frequent replacement. A permit for bolt replacement must be
obtained a minimum of two weeks in advance. The removal of fixed anchors may occur under
the same permit if removal would not substantially change the character of the climb or descent.
All holes must be patched. If the proposal for removal would cause a substantial change in the
character of the climb or descent, public comment and additional analysis would be required
prior to permitting.
Agency removal of existing fixed anchors. The removal of existing fixed anchors may occur in
areas permanently closed to climbing so as to prevent degradation to wildlife, plants, cultural
resources, or recreational opportunities. These proposals would be subject to additional analysis
and public comment.
New fixed anchors. One of two permit types will be required for the placement of new fixed
anchors. The first permit type is for minimal bolt placement on long routes, and would not
require specific identification of fixed anchor locations prior to issuing the permit. The first
permit does not require public evaluation. The second type is for more than minimal bolt
placement or areas within 100 feet of the base of the cliff system, and will require identification
of approximate fixed anchor locations prior to issuing the permit. The second permit requires
agency and public review prior to issuance of the permit.
Permit 1 - The area (generally the wall and the approximate route) must be specified to obtain
the permit, however the location of fixed anchor placements does not need to be identified in
advance. The following conditions apply:
• No fixed anchors within the first 100 feet from the base of the cliff system.
• Three or fewer fixed anchors (including those used for belay/rappel anchors or lead
protection) on a climbing pitch above 100 ft from the base of the cliff system (This does
not mean an average of 3 fixed anchors per pitch on the climbing route).
• The route must not be a previously existing climb, or within 20 feet of an existing climb
recorded in the agency maintained climbing inventory (with the exception of the initial or
final 20 feet of the climb if starting or ending at a previously existing climb).
• Placement must adhere to requirements and guidelines established to minimize impact to
the wilderness resource as specified in the permit.
• Placement of fixed anchors for a rappel decent route separate of the new climbing route
would be allowed under the permit if no other decent route previously exists for the wall.
Permit 2 – The specific route must be identified in advance as well as the approximate location
of fixed anchors. This permit is required if any of the following conditions apply:
• Any placement of fixed anchors within the first 100 ft from the base of the cliff system.
• More than three anchors (including those used for belay/rappel anchors or lead
protection) per climbing pitch on any segment of the route.
• Placement of fixed anchors on any previously existing climb recorded in the climbing
• Placement of fixed anchors for the sole purpose of canyoneering or sport rappelling
A two week agency review will be required for permit 1. Applications for permit 1 may be made
on any day the federal government is open for business. A 30 day agency and public review will
be required for permit 2. Applications will be accepted on the 10th of every month (or the next
following day the federal government is open for business). Only one permit application may be
made per person. Five permit applications will be drawn at random for evaluation. Public
endorsement or opposition will be considered in determining if the proposal meets the objectives
and guidelines for new route development. Permit applications that provide a diversity of
aesthetic and enjoyable routes, are dispersed so that wilderness solitude is maintained, increase
the variety of difficulty and applied technique, and comply with all other guidelines may be
approved. The permit request may be denied if a majority of public opposition to the route is
expressed. If the permit request would exceed the guidelines for bolt density within the area, it
will be denied. If the permit request includes a decent route that would cross sensitive resources
or have the potential to cause undue soil erosion, the climbing route would be denied if an
alternate decent route is not possible. The following considerations will be used in determining
the appropriateness of a climb under permit 2:
• A route on a significant independent rock feature as compared to addition of a route to a
rock feature or wall with existing routes.
• Routes that follow an obvious feature or a direct line on the path of least resistance on a
wall would be favored compared to indirect routes or routes that end in the middle of a
• Longer routes would be favored over short routes.
• Routes that are farther away from other existing routes would be favored as compared to
routes close to others.
• A difficult climb in an area with many easier climbs, or visa versa, would be favored.
The following rules apply for all new fixed anchor placements or replacements:
1) If placing traditional gear is possible (for example, cracks are present which would
accept chocks, cams, etc) no new fixed anchors will be permitted.
2) To assure fixed anchors are durable and do not require replacement for the longest
period of time possible (replacement which would cause impacts to the rock surface), all
new fixed anchors must be stainless steel, minimum 3/8” diameter and minimum 3 ½”
3) All bolt hangers and chains permitted within the first 100 feet from the base of the cliff
system must be painted a color that blends with the rock surface.
4) No fixed anchors will be permitted on cliffs identified by the agency as being occupied
by sensitive species if climbing is determined to be detrimental to the species.
5) No fixed anchors will be permitted within 50 feet of rock art.
6) Permitee must provide a route diagram and route description to the agency within 30
days after the fixed anchors have been installed.
7) A descent route must be specified for all new routes.
1) Paint bolt hangers and chains above 100 feet.
2) Where possible, existing climbing bolts within 100 feet from the base of the cliff
system should be painted with a color similar to the surrounding rock.
3) Webbing, rope, or other nylon materials should not be left except in emergencies or
under unexpected circumstances requiring timely action to remain safe.
(This post was edited by glahhg on Oct 24, 2008, 3:48 PM)
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