Jun 25, 2007, 11:24 AM
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Registered: Feb 20, 2004
BLMís Proposed Wilderness Plan Focuses on Red Rocks Bolting Proposal, NV (06/18/2007)
The Bureau of Land Management in Las Vegas has just finished accepting scoping comments to their Preliminary Proposed Wilderness Management Plan for Red Rocks which includes the La Madre Mountain and Rainbow Mountain Wilderness areas. See http://www.blm.gov/...gas_field_office/...
The BLM will now take these public comments and formulate management alternatives for Red Rocks including new policies to permit new fixed anchor. Look for a draft plan in late 2007 or early 2008. For more background on this issue, see the Access Fundís comments http://www.accessfund.org/pdf/RedRocksScop.pdf and stay tuned to the Las Vegas Climberís Liaison Council www.lvclc.org for news of the local Vegas position on new Red Rocks climbing policies.
In case the first link doesn't work see http://www.blm.gov/...ainbow%20package.pdf
I feel that the access fund had some very good comments that will hopefully be incorporated into the final BLM plan.
Specifically I would like to see the bolt size restrictions removed, as the BLM shouldn't have to monitor the type of hardware being installed. And the possible allowance of power drills for better quality bolt installation.
Also it seems as though not many new routes (especially more difficult or face) routes will fit in with the permit 1 guidelines. Many of the current more difficult Red Rocks classics don't fit with the permit 1 guidelines.