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1. US House of Representatives Supports Favorable Policy for National Park Service
Management of Fixed Anchors in Wilderness
2. New Jersey Access Issues
3. Access Fund Affiliate Web Page Updated
4. Check out the AF Member Handbook Online
5. Access Fund Memberships and Merchandise for the Holidays
6. Featured Corporate Partner -- PETZL
7. Access Fund Membership Incentive Program (MIP)

1. US House of Representatives Supports Favorable Policy for National Park Service
Management of Fixed Anchors in Wilderness
In addition to a similar Congressional support letter climbing advocates obtained
from the US Senate in November, seven members of the US House of Representative
recently signed onto a support letter urging the National Park Service to implement
a reasonable policy authorizing new fixed anchors in NPS-managed wilderness. Over 30
members of the outdoor industry the environmental community and climbing advocates
also signed a similar letter last summer.

The House letter was signed by National Parks Subcommittee Chairman George
Radanovich (CA), Energy and Commerce Chairman W. J. Tauzin (LA), Energy and Mineral
Resources Chair Barbara Cubin (WY), National Parks Subcommittee Member Mark Souder
(IN), Western Caucus Chairman Chris Cannon (UT), Utah Member Rob Bishop, and Mike
Simpson and Butch Otter of Idaho. Download a copy of this letter at

In upcoming months the Access Fund will be working with other climbing groups and
members of the outdoor industry to produce and implement a wilderness climbing
education initiative to get the word out to wilderness climbers about the status of
climbing policies and restrictions in designated wilderness and basic Leave No Trace
practices in the backcountry. For more information, contact Access Fund Policy
Director Jason Keith at

2. New Jersey Access Issues
Access NJ, a grassroots organization focused on climbing access issues in New Jersey
announced the following issues that will be addressed in 2004 and into 2005. Visit
their website at Help is needed for a variety of issues and
situations. Meeting dates and locations to be posted and the status of climbing
access issues in NJ. See for contact information on
your local legislator.

a. Cradle Rock

After discrete discussions w/ local landowners a local climbing organization is
being formed to address possible permanent access to the Cradle Rock Boulder Field.
This local climbers organization's sole purpose is to anchor, examine and evaluate
issues needed to regain access to the boulder field.

Contact: John Anderson at: for additional information.

b. Legalization of Rock-Climbing on NJ's State owned and managed lands.

Climbers need to be openly active in this area. 90% of climbing in NJ takes place in
the NJ Highlands.

Access NJ is now part of "the Highlands Coalition" see

State of NJ web Site on the Highlands:

c. Upcoming Meetings and Passive Legislative Issues
Saturday: January 24, 2004 - Weiss Ecology Center Parking Lot - details to be posted.
Future meeting dates and times to be posted on the web site.

3. Access Fund Affiliate Web Page Updated
Thanks to the hard work of Deanne Buck, AF grassroots coordinator, the Access Fund
Affiliates web page has been updated to make it easier for you to find your local
climbing organization. Organizations are now listed by state at

An Access Fund Affiliate is a volunteer-based local climbing club, organization,
association, or access committee working in unison with the Access Fund to keep
climbing areas open and to preserve the climbing environment. The Access Fund
provides organizational start-up assistance, project grants, and resources to
Affiliates. Affiliates also support the Access Fund through stewardship events and
membership drives. To add your local climbing club, organization, association, or
access committee to this list, email

4. Check out the AF Member Handbook Online
The Access and Conservation Member Handbook is a complete source of information
about access issues, Access Fund programs, letter writing and other advocacy tools,
and a primer on ways to get involved at your
local crags. Look inside for:

- Tips for writing political action letters. Personal letters from the climbing
community often make a real difference in public policy debates.

- A complete list of the Access Fund's staff. The staff is always ready to help you
with access issues or stewardship work in your area.

- Guidelines about how to climb responsibly and minimize the impacts of climbing on
the environment, on land managers, and on other climbers and visitors.

The Member Handbook is updated regularly and available for downloading as a PDF file

5. Access Fund Memberships and Merchandise for the Holidays
Haven't come up with a gift for your climbing partner yet? Running out of ideas for
those climbing buddies who have more gear than they know what to do with? How about
giving the gift of an Access Fund membership? Sign up someone on your list at

Or if you are looking for the perfect stocking stuffer, the Access Fund O'Piner is
an essential tool that every climber should have. Why? 1) It opens tasty bottled
beverages. 2) It doubles as a hook for that last dicey A4 placement. 3) It sports
our logo etched into a cool replica piton.

NEW: Access Fund women's shirt -- tapered for feminine fit. High quality preshrunk
100% cotton Silver brand shirts designed for a snug fit and ideal for steep sport
climbs, bold runouts, tendon-tweaking boulder problems or just hanging out. Canary
yellow with Access Fund logo on front and mandala art on back. Available while
supplies last. (Sizes S-XL) $20.

Crazy Creek Chairs Blowout! While they last, we are selling these chairs for $15
(50% off retail!)

All merchandise can be purchased at

6. Featured Corporate Partner -- PETZL
"Petzl is proud of our 13-year relationship with the Access Fund. The importance of
supporting THE national climber advocacy group cannot be understated. The AF has a
proven track record that we are reminded of every time we climb in areas like Indian
Creek, the New River Gorge, Castle Rocks State Park, and the Red River Gorge."

--John Evans, Petzl Marketing Director

7. Access Fund Membership Incentive Program (MIP)
Climbers who join the Access Fund or renew their membership in 2003 at a minimum
level of $50 will reap the following benefits:

MIP Levels and Benefits:
$50 - Access Fund T-shirt
$100 - T-shirt & 1yr subscription to Outside Magazine
$250 - T-shirt & Black Diamond Moonlight headlamp with AF logo
$500 - T-shirt & North Face Redpoint jacket with AF logo
$1000+ - T-shirt & 60m Maxim "Dry" rope

Join/renew your Access Fund membership or find out more about the MIP at

1. The Access Fund office in Boulder, CO is the only source of outgoing messages to
the lists.
2. The AF will not sell or give away email addresses of AF E-News subscribers.
3. AF E-News is an announcement-only e-mail list; therefore, you cannot reply to any
of the list members.
4. All e-mail addresses will remain confidential with every mail sent.

- December 2003 -

Access Fund website -

=========================================================The Access Fund
PO Box 17010 Boulder, CO 80308
Web Site:

Phone: 303-545-6772

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