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Access Fund Negotiates for Southeast Climbing


by Editor

July 22, 2002

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In late May, Shawn Tierney, Access Fund Access and Acquisitions Director, met with local climbers at Boat Rock, GA and Horse Pens-40, AL to make progress on preserving access to these regionally significant bouldering areas. AF board member Gene Kistler also made the trip to Horse Pens. The Access Fund recently provided a $10,000 grant to the Southeastern Climbers Coalition to be used toward the purchase of 7.7-acres of land containing the Boat Rock boulders. Boat Rock is home to the best rock climbing in the metro Atlanta area. The purchase of this tract will prevent the land from being sold to developers.

Horse Pens-40, one of the finest bouldering areas in the Southeast was closed last fall when the owners of the privately owned “park” ran into financial difficulties. Two days prior to the Access Fund visit, the property was sold to a local businessman who intends to keep the area open for festivals, events, and climbing. Local climbers and the Access Fund will work with the new owner who has expressed a willingness to keep the area open for climbing.

News courtesy of the Access Fund.

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