Boulder Floods Damage Climbing Access–Local and National Organizations Join to Offer Money and Expertise in Trail Restoration to Local Land Mangers
10/01/2013 Boulder, CO — The flooding in Colorado that began on Wednesday, September 11 was the result of steady and heavy rainfall over consecutive days. Boulder County received two feet of water, causing widespread destruction of itsextensive network of trails and eliminating access to Boulder’s famous climbing objectives. From Eldorado Canyon to the south, to Boulder Canyon to the north, all of Boulder’s most important climbing locations have been shut down for more than two weeks.
A consortium of regional and national organizations, including the American Alpine Club, the Access Fund, the American Mountain Guides Association, the Flatirons Climbing Council, and the Action Committee for Eldorado, have come together under the leadership of the Boulder Climbing Community to organize volunteer resources and funding to rebuild trails and restore access to Boulder’s iconic climbing locations.
“The destruction of our communities and infrastructure from the Boulder floods are immense, and our hearts go our to our friends and family affected by this natural disaster” said Phil Powers, Executive Director of the American Alpine Club, the nation’s oldest climbing organization. “One of the best ways for climbers to support our community in this time of need is to donate to the restoration of the wild spaces we all treasure and use every day”.
“We all take access to climbing in Boulder for granted”, said Brady Robinson, Executive Director of the Access Fund, a national climbing advocacy organization based in Boulder. “This tragedy has reminded us all that access to our public lands in Boulder are not a given, and that we all have to do our part with volunteer time and money to restore trail access to our beloved climbing.”
“Mountain guiding in Boulder has ended for the time being” says Betsy Winter, Executive Director of the American Mountain Guides Association based in Boulder.“One of the world’s premier destination climbing locations is inaccessible due to these horrendous floods, depriving local guides and the Boulder Community of the economic benefits of visitors at the peak of the fall climbing season.Our guides stand ready to assist all local land managers with their efforts to reopen these important resources.”
“We are grateful for the support of our national climbing organizations in this time of rebuilding for our community” says Roger Briggs, legendary Boulder climber and Operations Manager of the Boulder Climbing Community (BCC).“The BCC has already raised more than $10,000 toward restoring our local trails, and is proud to serve as a central point for information, expertise, and volunteer opportunities to rebuild our Boulder trails.”
The roads back to our crags will be long and slow, but in concert with local efforts and donations we can all help rebuild faster, and get our hands back on the walls.
Donations, Volunteer Opportunities, and Access Updates
If you would like to get involved in a local clean-up or donate to trail repair, visit the (BCC) at http://www.boulderclimbingcommunity.net. Updated information about canyon, road, and trail closures can also be found here, as well as information about donations and volunteer trail restoration opportunities.
About the American Alpine ClubThe American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community. The AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, The American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages the Hueco Rock Ranch, New River Gorge Climbers’ Campground, and Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants to adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org.
About the Access Fund
Since 1991, the Access Fund has been the national advocacy organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. The Access Fund supports and represents over 2.3 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering. Five core programs support the mission on national and local levels: climbing management policy, stewardship and conservation, local support and mobilization, land acquisition and protection, and education. For more information visit www.accessfund.org.
About the American Mountain Guides Association
The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) inspires and supports a culture of American mountain craft. The AMGA serves as the community hub for all American mountain guides, climbing instructors and their clients. For over 30 years the AMGA has been at the forefront of advancing the guiding profession and safeguarding access to climbing and skiing areas utilized by the guided public. The AMGA provides renowned, world-class training and certifications and offers cutting edge resources and services that support and enhance the livelihoods of guides. To learn more about the AMGA visit amga.com.
About the Boulder Climbing Community
The Boulder Climbing Community (BCC) is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 that connects and supports climbers, climbing organizations, land managers, and businesses in the Boulder area, to promote stewardship in our climbing areas. As the Local Climbing Organization (LCO) for the Boulder area we are closely affiliated with the American Alpine Club and the Access Fund. We work closely with area land managers, including Boulder County Parks and Open Space, Eldorado Canyon State Park, Jefferson County Open Space, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, the Colorado Department of Highways, and the U.S. Forest Service, and we support the work of the Action Committee for Eldorado (ACE) and the Flatirons Climbing Council (FCC).