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Colorado Bouldering Areas Slated To Be Closed


 

by Editor

April 05, 2002

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As climbers, boulderers and people who love the Boulder Mountains, we are reaching a critical juncture in the way we use and enjoy our splendid backdrop. Your freedom to visit such off-trail areas as the Terrain Boulders, the Physical Boulders and the Sacred Cliffs may soon be curtailed. Sound scary? It is . . .

Concerned with impact reduction, Open Space Mountain Parks (OSMP), the land management agency responsible for the Boulder Mountains, is currently studying various areas in the Flatirons to determine whether or not these areas should become Special Protection Areas. These areas could represent an expansion of existing seasonal closures but might become permanent closures as well (so-called "No Human Zones," where not even hiking is permitted).

Areas affected may include the Sacred Cliffs south to Bear Canyon, the Terrain Boulders, the PB Boulders, the Physical Boulders and the Nightmare Block, as well as crags high on the west side of South Boulder Peak (The Veil, etc.). As an alternative to off-trail bouldering the City has suggested that we limit our activity to Mt. Sanitas, Flagstaff Mountain, the Amphitheater and the Satellite Boulders

A core group of climbers (Access Fund, the Flatirons Climbing Coalition, the Spot) has been meeting with the city and has succeeded in having climbing and bouldering recognized as valid recreational activities. Nevertheless, the wheels are turning and we all need to get involved: The city has set an evaluation date for early this summer and the policy they enact may well set a precedent for land managers nationwide.

What You Can Do

  1. Stay informed: E-mail us at flatironsbouldering@yahoo.com and we'll add you to our e-mail list, which we'll use to keep you informed. Also, check for updates at Front Range Bouldering.
  2. Be prepared to help out: The land managers orchestrating much of this process are appointed by the City Council. Thusly, we should be ready to put pressure (letters, phone calls, attending OSMP meetings) directly on the Council pending any action by OSMP.
  3. Know the rules: Don't jeopardize access by violating the current climbing and closure rules. It is illegal to build trails, groom landings, remove vegetation (including lichen), bolt, glue, terrace or litter. A full list of these rules can be obtained at: OSMP webpage.
  4. Be polite to other park users, keep a low profile and consider leaving your dog at home to reduce impact.
  5. Tell your friends: The city charter under which OSMP operates requires that the parks be maintained for resource protection and recreational use. It is not an either/or situation, and climbers aren't the only user group affected by these potential closures. Anyone such as hikers and bird watchers who enjoys off-trail exploration stands to lose as well. Tell as many of your friends as possible and get them to sign up for our e-mail list.
  6. Join the Access Fund. Let them know why you are joining and be specific about the situation in the Flatirons.

News courtesy of Front Range Bouldering.

Read more in an article in the Boulder Daily Camera.



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