For those who weren’t here this weekend (all seven of you), Yosemite Valley was a crowded place. Parking in the Valley quickly filled up completely on Saturday and Sunday, and in order to prevent a complete dead lock of cars the NPS closed access to the east valley for brief periods throughout the day. Through constant traffic control and temporary detours, we managed to keep things under control, barely. Huge thanks to all those who put in long hours directing traffic, and another huge thanks to those who were considerate and understanding while waiting in that traffic.
The weekend isn’t quite over, but so far things have been thankfully relaxed on the emergency front. A variety of tweaked knees, dehydrated hikers, and other off road injuries have kept us running in circles, but so far everyone (visitors and rescuers) are holding up.
Camp 4 Coffee:
The biggest topic at this week’s coffee was bears, specifically those at the base of El Cap. Spread the word, tell your friends, forward this message ten times and get lucky this is a huge deal and we need your help. Everyone (weekend warriors and locals alike) DON’T LEAVE FOOD AT THE BASE OF THE WALL!
All food in Yosemite Valley must be in one of six places at all times (for visitors and employees alike):
- With you
- In a locked bear locker
- In a locked bear canister (available for rent at the Valley Wilderness Center for $5)
- Out of site in your car DURING THE DAY
- Inside a closed building
- Well off the ground on a climbing route
IF YOU CAN GET TO YOUR FOOD WITHOUT AID GEAR OR JUMARS IT IS NOT STORED CORRECTLY (or legally). Do not hang your food in a tree; doing so is useless (and illegal). We’ve already had to kill one bear this year after it became conditioned to human food and showed aggressive behavior toward visitors. Climbers: this one is on our shoulders, let’s step up to the plate and save this animal.
Read more on this topic at http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=74753.
News courtesy of SuperTopo.com
Rumbling Bald, NC Preserved for Climbing as a State Park
On Thursday, May 26th, North Carolina Governor Easley signed Bill 586 authorizing Hickory Nut Gorge State Park, which includes Rumbling Bald.
This is great news for climbers. While it will be a multi-year process, with much work left to do, such as fund raising etc., the climbing community is one step closer to protecting a place that is near and dear to our hearts. Thank you to everyone who has donated time or money and thanks to all of you who took the time to call and write your legislators. You made the difference.
This is great news, however, the push is not over. Stay tuned to www.carolinaclimbers.org/ for more information in the coming months.
If you have fundraising opportunities/ideas to share, please email Brandon Calloway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Action Alert Helps Preserve Access to Darrington Climbing Area, Washington
Last month the Washington Climbers Coalition and the Access Fund issued an Action Alert on the impending closure of the road providing access into the Darrington climbing area. Thanks in part to the swift and timely response from climbers in the form of calls and letters, the Forest Service will be doing repairs to the Clear Creek road, and access will be maintained for the near future.
The Access Fund helped make this access victory occur with its Action Alert in the April E-News #54: “You can tell your friends to stop calling us now; we’re going to have a contractor start repairs on the road next week,” said the USFS Roadway Supervisor of Clear Creek Road. The success epitomizes climbing activism. Thanks to all of you that responded to the alert!
For more information on how you can help advocate for long term access into this area, please visit: washingtonclimbers.org
Montana Climbers: Save Climbing on Bozeman Pass Forever
(Originally posted in Access Fund E-News #55 by Ted Lange, Southwest Montana Climbers’ Coalition)
We have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to permanently conserve 2055 acres on Bozeman Pass, including the popular climbing area on the north side of the Pass. The Gallatin Valley Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land have been working on this landmark conservation project for five years, and now they need your help to complete it.
The project will provide the opportunity to create a permanent safe access to the climbing area on the north side of I-90, as well as a new public trail on the south side, starting near the Trail Creek exit, and accessing the dramatic rocky slopes of Chestnut Mountain and the thousands of acres of public lands beyond. In addition to these important access opportunities, the project will conserve large tracts of land on both side of I-90, protecting the scenic entryway to the Gallatin Valley, as well as critical wildlife habitat, providing a keystone piece of an important wildlife migration corridor.
We’re asking Congress for Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) dollars to complete this project. In the next few weeks Congress will be deciding which projects to fund with LWCF dollars for fiscal year 2006. We need to make sure Bozeman Pass gets on the list. The Montana Congressional delegation needs to hear from people throughout the area. So please contact the Montana Delegation today! Here’s how:
CALL, FAX or EMAIL Senators Burns and Baucus and Representative Rehberg BEFORE MAY 31. Please don’t send letters! Letters take so long to go through the anthrax screening that by the time they’re delivered, the LWCF funding decisions will have already been made. In a few sentences, state why you believe this is important, and urge them to support $2,250,000 for Bozeman Pass funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the fiscal year 2006 Interior Appropriations bill. Continue scrolling down this email for additional information about this incredible conservation opportunity.
For more information please contact: