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Feb 28, 2016
Heads up AZ climbers!!

The Access Fund is working with a contractor to make repairs to the first 1/2 mile of the access road into the Homestead. THIS WEEKEND. Work will be focused on repairing the very worse sections of the road down low.

The access road will be CLOSED TO VEHICLES this coming THURSDAY, MARCH 3 through SATURDAY, MARCH 5. Reopening on Sunday.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but these repairs are crucial to make the Homestead accessible to more climbers. Please help the Access Fund spread the word & let Homestead climbers know!
Ty Tyler
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Oct 4, 2011
2 points
Administrator
Feb 29, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying 'Ground Affects'.
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Access Fund - Thank You


Thanks for the work Access Fund! This served as a good reminder to renew my membership. I encourage others to follow suit by becoming members or donating specifically to the Homestead campaign.
Hendrixson
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Sep 1, 2007
3,781 points
Mar 1, 2016
Just want to bump this up in the feed.

Help us spread the word!!
Psyched to see this happen
Ty Tyler
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Oct 4, 2011
2 points
Mar 1, 2016
Any chance that somebody part of the team out there can give an update on the road accessibility once work is done? I.E. if they think a 2 wheel drive vehicle can get up that first hill after the work? Sam Thomps
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Sep 7, 2015
75 points
Mar 1, 2016
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It was originally a 2wd road that became the monster we now tread. The road was not designed for such heavy traffic.

I'm hopeful it can be restored to a normal 4x4 road.
manuel rangel
From Tempe, Arizona
Joined Jan 27, 2006
3,736 points
Mar 2, 2016
Keep in mind, we're headed out there TOMORROW!!!

Please help us spread the word that the road into the Homestead will be closed to vehicles tomorrow (Thursday) through Sunday morning. Climbers will still be able to walk in if they'd like.

We're going to do the best we can with the improvements, possibly "Subaru status" but standard 2 wheel drive is not likely on that steep & loose section.

Will update here once the work is complete!
Ty Tyler
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Oct 4, 2011
2 points
Mar 2, 2016
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Ty, thanks so much to you and the rest of the Access Fund for getting this rolling. Much appreciated, personally glad to see my memebership $ going towards something truly valuable to the Southwest climbing community. Cheers! Owen Summerscales
From Los Alamos, NM
Joined Jul 10, 2010
1,178 points
Mar 3, 2016
Hendrixson wrote:
Thanks for the work Access Fund! This served as a good reminder to renew my membership. I encourage others to follow suit by becoming members or donating specifically to the Homestead campaign.

Thanks for the reminder John. I re-upped mine this year too!
1Eric Rhicard
Joined Feb 15, 2006
8,947 points
Mar 3, 2016
Just for the record, the AF needs more than a 35$ membership to do all the work they get done. Send more, I did! Thanks in advance! 1Eric Rhicard
Joined Feb 15, 2006
8,947 points
Mar 6, 2016
Road repair update:

The machine wrapped up 2 days of repairs. Jason (pro-bono contractor) crushed it and made a HUGE improvement to the very worst section. Pretty much night & day

Filled in the deep ruts and gullies, reshaped sections and created a flat road bed. Work stretched for about 400ft and had to be stopped right as the road turns back left due to steepness & time. Additionally, two of us headed out today & dig out a few drainages.

Conditions are drastically improved, but all-wheel drive, 4x4 and good clearance are still recommended. PLEASE help us keep the road in the best condition possible by driving in a LOWER gear, avoid spinning your tires and maintain a reasonable speed. 2-wheel drive is NOT advisable and will only shorten the life of repairs.

Its taken years to get the road where it is today, so lets work hard at keeping it that way! Our pro-bono contractor donated his professional time & passed on some paid work to help us out. Lets make his efforts worth it.
Ty Tyler
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Oct 4, 2011
2 points
Administrator
Mar 7, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying 'Ground Affects'.
Here is a photo posted by the Access Fund Conservation Team. Amazing work!

Rock Climbing Photo: Homestead Road after Access Fund Conservation Team...
Homestead Road after Access Fund Conservation Team repairs on 2016-03-06.
Hendrixson
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Sep 1, 2007
3,781 points
Mar 7, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Cobra Kai
4x4 vs 2-wheel drive doesn't matter. What matters is HOW people drive their vehicle through this section. I was there a couple weeks ago and drove my 2-wheel drive Tacoma up as slowly and controlled as possible. I didn't get stuck or loose traction and made it right up with no issues. That same day a lifted decked out new 4x4 jeep drove up "fast to not loose traction". Driving quickly will make you loose traction and tear the road up more. Drive slow and don't spin your tires out. Also, have decent tread on your tires, don't drive up with crap tires.

The main reason the road got to the condition it did was because storm waters were flowing down the road making it a wash instead of crossing the road. If we want this fix to last, then we need to control where the water flows after big storms.

Thank you Access Fund for getting this repair to the road done! I hope we can take the steps necessary to preserve it before the next big storms come.
Red
From Tacoma, Toyota
Joined Sep 11, 2008
1,586 points
Mar 7, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Where do I go?
Good points Red. Your 2WD is also equipped with locking rear differential. Include an excellent driver and you will be helping instead of harming the road.

If I know climbers, that won't work. Too many rebels.
manuel rangel
From Tempe, Arizona
Joined Jan 27, 2006
3,736 points
Mar 7, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Cobra Kai
True, unfortunately. I just saw on Facebook that someone tried to get a Honda up and got stuck. Geez.

Just because the worst section has been fixed doesn't mean that just any vehicle can drive up there. You will still need high clearance, good tires, and good driving. Drive low and slow.
Red
From Tacoma, Toyota
Joined Sep 11, 2008
1,586 points
Mar 7, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Sport Climber
Rock Climbing Photo: Some people
Some people
The first up the new road
David Stephens
From Spokane WA.
Joined Feb 4, 2006
1,064 points
Mar 7, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Where do I go?
Did you pull them out then scold them Dave? manuel rangel
From Tempe, Arizona
Joined Jan 27, 2006
3,736 points
Mar 9, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Sport Climber
I was hiking in to check it out the work. I was told the road was closed till Sunday. They were all ready stuck at the crux from the night before. I told them hiking in not to leave the car blocking the road and hiking out after they left it blocking the road . I would have helped but they never asked. Said, there friends did the work on the road...so I thought that made it OK. David Stephens
From Spokane WA.
Joined Feb 4, 2006
1,064 points
Mar 9, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Where do I go?
More proof that people will be hell bent on beating auto and road to their will. Hopefully they dropped some coin to the AF for the work done on their behalf. Because this will happen again. Maybe we should limit access to AF members only? manuel rangel
From Tempe, Arizona
Joined Jan 27, 2006
3,736 points
Mar 9, 2016
Did they put up a sign at the beginning of the road to advise people that may not know better how to drive the road and why it is important? If not, this seems like a cheap and worthwhile thing to do. It may not dissuade some people the first time they see it but they may not return without proper transport. BenClimbing
Joined Oct 19, 2009
171 points
Mar 9, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Trying to onsight 12a at Holcomb Valley Pinnacles.
so would locals say the road is "Subaru status" if you know how to drive? Or do you still need more clearance than that? SCherry
From San Diego, CA
Joined Jan 28, 2006
591 points
Mar 10, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Me, and my harness.
The road looks great!!! It doesn't even look the same :)
Best I've seen in 10 years! I'm with Red, the water/ drainage redirection is an issue as it always is in these desert mountains.
Thank you Access Fund and all the other non-Access Fund volunteers over the decade + for keeping this crag accessible.
We are so stoked!!!
Tamara Hastie
From Flagstaff, Arizona
Joined Dec 27, 2007
131 points
Mar 10, 2016
manuel rangel wrote:
Maybe we should limit access to AF members only?


Great idea! let's make it even better by keeping plates from CA and NM out too!
Tim Lutz
Joined Aug 9, 2012
43 points
Mar 10, 2016
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Tim Lutz wrote:
Great idea! let's make it even better by keeping plates from CA and NM out too!


Thanks for taking the hook.

Many Arizona folks are currently working to payoff the AF for their help in acquiring the land. Donate to your favorite AZ climbing group to keep the funds rolling.

After this road is fixed, there will be more expenses to cover. The AF could use all the help it can get. Everyone has always been welcome.
manuel rangel
From Tempe, Arizona
Joined Jan 27, 2006
3,736 points
Mar 29, 2016
Has anyone been down the new road with a "regular" SUV? Or do you still need wrangler or better? KevinD
From Phoenix, AZ
Joined Aug 8, 2007
175 points
Mar 29, 2016
I still have not climbed out at the Homestead, but after reading how shity the access road seems to get on a regular basis I thought I would throw this out there. I have a S570 Bobcat with a standard bucket that I would gladly donate the use of from time to time to help fix up the really nasty spots on that road. Its not the best for breaking up hard spots and especially not rocky protrusions, but it would work really well to move loose material around up and down hill to fill in spots. CTB
From Cave Creek, AZ
Joined Jul 30, 2015
167 points
Mar 30, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Where do I go?
The road requires a 4X4 vehicle. The first vehicle to attempt the road (they said it was ok because they were friends of the AF folks) became stuck and almost tipped off the lower part of the road. Brilliant.

CTB, thanks and you should contact Ty Tyler to offer help. That sounds like a great thing to do. At least until the final fix is done.
manuel rangel
From Tempe, Arizona
Joined Jan 27, 2006
3,736 points


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