Yup, Idaho is famous for the spuds. Somewhere I heard that Idaho supplies more than 70% of the potatoes to McDonalds. Simplot, an ag company, basically owns Idaho.
But among all those future tator tots lies some climbing.
City of Rocks and its neighbor, Castle Rocks, are the main destinations for out-of-state climbers. Both feature fantastic cragging in a beautiful setting.
Also of interest are The Sawtooth Range near Stanley, the limestome climbing near Riggins, and the basalt climbing of Massacre Rocks near American Falls.
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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Burley, Idaho Field Office is proposing a climbing ban on its property at Massacre Rocks and making its current climbing ban at Castle Rocks permanent due to fears that climbing could potentially have negative impacts on cultural resources at each location.
The Access Fund is working with the Boise Climbers Association, the Eastern Idaho Climbers Coalition, members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation, the local BLM, and other concerned stakeholders to find a reasonable compromise that allows climbing and protects valuable culture resources.
Access fund has made an easy-to-use template for emailing the BLM and a few other important recipients.
Cut and paste, add your own words, just be heard!
Save Castle and Massacre Rocks Letter
From: SL UT
Sep 1, 2011
Here is copy of my letter- feel free to alter it a bit and get your voice heard!
As a long time outdoor enthusiast and rock climber I have been visiting and climbing at Massacre Rocks for the past decade. It is a relatively quiet, albeit excellent area for rock climbing. The individuals that equipped the climbing routes here invested countless hours and dollars into developing this area in to a regional treasure. Massacre hosts more basalt sport climbs than any other single destination in the world, as far as I'm aware. The unique features, geologic setting, and it's historical nature make it a favorite for climbers of all abilities. Please realize that there is a movement within our climbing commu nities to bring awareness to listing of Massacre on the National Register and the 30-day comment period. Please realize that I speak for at least hundreds of users in a multi-state area (Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana et al.), even if their voices are not to be heard in this short 30 day time-frame. My request is that Massacre remain open to the climbers and other user groups that cherish it.
Thank you for your time and consideration.