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AF E-News #27
January 2003

The Access Fund
your climbing future

Editor's Note: The AF has changed the name of our electronic newsletter from
the "Virtual Times" to the "AF E-News" to minimize confusion between this
publication and the "Vertical Times" print newsletter.


A. Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Encouraging Activism to Ensure Access
B. Access Fund Releases Top 10 Endangered Climbing Areas List
C. Access Fund Receives the "Alaska Excellence Award"
D. Climbing Access Threatened at Mt. Rose Natural Area, NJ
E. Save The Ridge
F. Access Fund to launch Membership Incentive Program
G. Climbing Magazine Featured Partner
H. Give the Gift of Climbing
I. Vertical Times Newsletter Electrified!
J. Job Announcement: Grassroots Coordinator

A. Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Encouraging Activism to Ensure Access
by Kate Cavicchio, Event Coordinator

It is a sunny Saturday afternoon, late September. The parking lot in Eldorado
Canyon is full-overflowing, actually. Parties are queued up for the trade
routes-the Bastille Crack, the Yellow Spur, the Naked Edge. Even Eldorado's
more obscure lines are occupied.

"Who are all these people," you grumble to yourself, temporarily forgetting
that there was a time when rock climbing was as foreign to you as a Turkish
road sign. Hold on a minute, take a step back. Yes, there are more climbers now
than ever before, but you went to kindergarten-you know how to share. There's
enough rock to go around-if you take action to protect it.

To keep a climbing area open, to protect climbing resources for this and future
generations, you must make your voice heard. Tell the powers-that-be how you
feel about their plan for the land-and rock-in your backyard. Complaining to
your buddies over beers doesn't count! Write your legislator, contact your
local climbing organization, call the Access Fund. You are empowered to create
Landowners and managers are unlikely to conserve an area's climbing environment
unless they know that people care about climbing there. Write them, call them,
email them, hell-create a power point presentation. You have a voice-use it.
The Access Fund recently issued two Action Alerts, notices to climbers of
closure threats in their areas. (For more information on these, please log onto By sending these alerts, we are not attempting to overflow
your email in-box, nor are we trying to preach our policy on a virtual soapbox.
Our goal is to encourage you to take action.

To assist you, the Access Fund has created an "Activist's Toolbox," offering
tips for writing effective letters to land managers, legislators, and elected
Remember, silence is consent!

B. Access Fund Releases Top 10 Endangered Climbing Areas List
The Access Fund has been working to preserve or restore access to all of these
important climbing areas. Such efforts often require much time and expense - we
need your support and activism to succeed.

1. Cave Rock, NV. POSSIBLE CLOSURE. Working to prevent discriminatory closure
of Lake Tahoe's premier sport climbing crag.
2. Hueco Tanks State Historic Site, TX. RESTRICTIONS. Slowly improving access
through conservation grants and direct advocacy.
3. Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT. POSSIBLE CLOSURES. Supporting Salt Lake
Climbers Alliance in negotiations with LDS church to ensure continued access to
Gate Buttress and other church owned land.
4. Little River Canyon, AL. POSSIBLE CLOSURE. Supporting Southeastern Climbers
Coalition efforts to address recreation impacts.
5. The Flatirons, CO. POSSIBLE RESTRICTIONS/CLOSURES. Working closely with
Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department to identify reasonable fixed
anchor policy and bouldering access.
6. Skytop Cliff, the Gunks, NY. CLOSED. Working with landowner and the Mohonk
Preserve to resolve liability issues.
7. Red River Gorge, KY. POSSIBLE CLOSURES. Working closely with the Red River
Gorge Climbers Coalition to address cultural and natural resource impact
DEVELOPMENT. Working in Washington D.C. to develop a reasonable BLM fixed
anchor policy, and advocacy at the county level to oppose private housing
9. Twin Sisters, City of Rocks National Reserve, ID. CLOSED. Working to restore
access through legal, political, and administrative channels.
10. Volcanic Tableland, CA. POSSIBLE CLOSURES/RESTRICTIONS. Working closely
with the BLM to address camping, trails, and archeological site protection at
this popular bouldering area.

C. Access Fund Receives the "Alaska Excellence Award"
The Access Fund received the "Alaska Excellence Award" in December for its
contribution of $5480 towards the Clean Mountain Can Project on Denali. The
award recognizes the people and programs that are the best examples of
leadership, stewardship, and innovation in the fields of natural and cultural
resources, conservation and education.

D. Climbing Access Threatened at Mt. Rose Natural Area, NJ
Report submitted by John Anderson, Access Fund Regional Coordinator
The Mount Rose Natural Area, 418 feet above sea level, is a unique undisturbed
parcel of natural area found in Mercer County, N.J. Open space such as that
found on the Princeton Ridge is used for hiking, walking, bird watching, and
bouldering. The site harbors endangered species of NJ Plants and wildlife.

Mt. Rose Natural Area is listed in the 1991 Governors Council on New Jersey
Outdoors‚ as a section of New Jersey's natural lands that provides
environmental and scenic preservation, open space and historic preservation and
passive recreation provision".

Three large basalt boulder fields allow over 112 separate boulder problems.
Bouldering is a type of rock-climbing that occurs on boulders often no more
then 20 feet off the ground where one uses psychological abilities and
techniques to climb. Bouldering has occurred on site since the early 1950's.

Climbing access to the Princeton Ridge Boulders may be lost forever if action
is not taken. To have the area protected from being rezoned to high-density
housing and allow the permanent protection of the boulder fields, e-mail Mr.
Adam Zelner in the New Jersey State Office of Smart Growth
( and Mr. Edward Fox at the State of New Jersey
Planning Commission (

E. Save The Ridge
Report submitted by Myriam Bouchard
The Shawangunk Ridge is a national treasure, designated as "One of Earth's Last
Great Places" by The Nature Conservancy. Now the crucial segment that connects
Minnewaska state lands to the north with Sam's Point Preserve to the south is
threatened by proposed development. Because it remains undeveloped, this
majestic ridge supports a diversity of rare plants and animals, and is the
central feature of Ulster County's tourist economy. Its view shed stretches for
hundreds of square miles. Exploitation of its fragile terrain would
irreversibly destroy a precious natural resource.

We urge that all necessary steps be taken to avert development on the
Shawangunk Ridge. For more information, visit

F. Access Fund to launch Membership Incentive Program
If you're a member, you'll notice exciting new benefits in 2003 when you join
or renew at a $50.00 minimum. As part of the new incentive program, Membership
Cards will be introduced and will include discounts on orders from Mountain
Tools and Falcon Guides.

As a member contributing above the basic donation level, here's what you can
look forward to in 2003:

Level Benefit in addition to Membership Card
$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

Stay tuned for more information about these exciting new benefits!

G. Climbing Magazine Featured Partner
When eckto-plasma ghosts and ghouls invaded New York City, who did Americans
call upon to save the day? The Ghostbusters. When money-hungry developers and
strong-arming bureaucrats try and broom climbers from cragging areas, who do
climbers call? The Access Fund.

Climbing Magazine is proud to sponsor the Access Fund in its fight to preserve
and protect the interests of climbers across the nation. From Joshua Tree,
California, to Rumney, New Hampshire, no other organization has done more to
ensure continued climbers' rights than the Access Fund. If you're not a member,
join now. If you are a member, make sure every climber you know joins as well.

We are taking our commitment to the next level with an exclusive offer to
fellow members. We'll donate $10 on behalf of every member who pays for a
two-year subscription to Climbing and $5 for every paid one-year subscription.
Link to the special Access Fund offer at

Jonathan Thesenga
Climbing Magazine Editor

H. Give the Gift of Climbing
Now is the time to help the Access Fund plan for your grandchildren's climbing
future. The Access Fund has all the resources to make planned giving easy.

Give a planned gift; it is the best way to leave an enduring legacy for
* Stock
* Bequest
* Charitable Gift Annuity
* Pooled Income Fund
* Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust
* Charitable Remainder Unitrust
* Lead Trusts
* Name The Access Fund as a beneficiary in your life insurance policy or
retirement plan
If your gift is $10,000 or more, you may designate it for one of the following
categories: Acquisitions, Advocacy & Activism, Membership, Conservation,
Adopt-a-Crag, Education, Climbing Preservation Grants or Unrestricted.

For more information on the Access Fund's planned giving program, contact
Heather Clark, development director, 303-545-6772 x.100 or

I. Vertical Times Newsletter Electrified!
The Vertical Times newsletter, the Access Fund's bimonthly publication,
provides up-to-date news on policy, area reports, events, action alerts,
grants, and more. It is a benefit to members and non-members alike (if you are
not a member, please join at Indeed it is a
benefit to the entire climbing community. By offering this unique publication
electronically, the Access Fund will decrease printing and mailing costs and
allocate more funds to protect YOUR CLIMBING FUTURE. If you choose to take part
in this effort, and cease shipment of the Vertical Times to your home, please
email your name/address to with "Remove Vertical Times" as
the subject.

Presently, over 200 members have requested not to receive their print copy of
Vertical Times (a savings to the Access Fund of $600 per year to be utilized in

To view back issues of Vertical Times, visit

J. Job Announcement: Grassroots Coordinator
The Access Fund seeks a person with strong presentation and communication
skills, and community/grassroots climbing activism experience. An active
climber, self-starting individual, adept at multi-tasking is preferred. Must
enjoy challenges and working for a small team. Candidates should possess a
diverse climbing background, be energetic, well organized and able to work
closely with fellow staff and the grassroots activists and organizations they

This is a full-time position with good benefits and an exciting, supportive
work environment. Salary range: $27,000-33,000 with two weeks paid vacation,
health, and retirement benefits. Position based in Boulder, Colorado. To be
filled March 2003. Deadline for applications: February 21, 2003

Send query or resume with cover letter to: Shawn Tierney, Access and
Acquisitions Director. The Access Fund, PO Box 17010, Boulder, CO 80308,
303-545-6772 x 105 or

1. The Access Fund office in Boulder is the only source of outgoing messages to
the lists.
2. The AF will not sell or give away email addresses of 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.

[ This Message was edited by: rrradam on 2003-02-01 04:43 ]


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