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Action Alert: Restore Climbing Opportunities at Arches National Park
Submitted By: Frances Fierst on Aug 3, 2010

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Dear Access Fund Supporter,

We need your help to restore the unique wilderness climbing opportunities found only in Arches National Park!

In 2006, the National Park Service banned the use of fixed anchors after the Delicate Arch controversy and effectively banned climbing on many of the Park's historic towers. The restriction they placed on permanent climbing hardware was a reaction to a random controversy and not a planning process that demonstrated a need to limit these necessary climbing tools.

Currently, Arches National Park is developing a Climbing and Canyoneering Plan that will consider various management scenarios for climbing in Arches including fixed anchors, new routes via permit, access trails, resource protection, group sizes, and commercial guiding.

Help us urge park planners to protect the historic and unique climbing opportunities at Arches National Park by visiting our website and using our letter-writing tool. The Park Service is looking for your unique thoughts on how to balance climbing with wilderness character and park resources.

Your Friends at the Access Fund

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By John McNamee
From: Littleton, CO
Aug 4, 2010
Letter sent!
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Aug 4, 2010
Consider for a moment that the current situation was CAUSED by public pressure. Public pressure can also be applied to remedy the situation. Please write a clear and tactful letter. It is very easy to do using the AF's site.
By Sam Prentice
Aug 6, 2010
NoCanDo, and I encourage climbers to re-think such a move for access. It's not about the bolts, or the birds, it's the soil underfoot. Ever seen bird's eye pics of JTree common use areas from 40 years ago? So few patches of desert like arches remain where endemic ecosystem processes remain intact and observable to the public. The uptick in user trails is as inevitable as climbers who will get ticketed for not following whatever rules get put in place.
By Tozankyaku
Aug 7, 2010
I have never been there, but I wonder, would I want to climb something as delicate as a historic arch? I certainly would not want to cause harm to one for my own vanity, I am happy climbing on less sensitive routes. I opt for fighting another battle....
By Steve "Crusher" Bartlett
Aug 7, 2010

The historic arches of Arches National Park are illegal to climb, and will stay that way.

The current debate is over future climbing opportunities on the other, "less sensitive" rock formations in the park.
By Brady Robinson
Aug 9, 2010
I encourage interested climbers to take the time to read the Access Fund's full scoping comments for the Arches plan:
By Sam Prentice
Aug 10, 2010
The circumlocution in Access Fund's plan makes me even less enthusiastic. I respect and am grateful for climbers who value the place above the climbing. But the science of impacts on these patches of desert (Belnap et al, if you're curious), combined with our of foreknowledge of increased use induced by access, compels me to speak against this effort.
By Ty Meadows
From: Moab, UT
Aug 11, 2010
I live very close to Arches, and I'm happy with the restrictions. There's more rock down here than a man can climb in a lifetime without disturbing this area.

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