Doug Walker on Three Fingers.
Joe Sambataro photo.
Doug Walker was a supporter and general cheerleader for all things climbing. He brought people together and made good things happen. We miss him. Already.
|2015 Recap: These are some of the things that the Washington Climbers Coalition was involved in last year:|
Index: WCC Involved in Managing Climbing Area. In late summer the WCC helped educate climbers about a closure after a fire broke out above a cliff called “The Cheeks.” In September, over 100 volunteers worked on trails, removed graffiti, and learned about stewardship as part of the ROCK Project tour and 2nd annual Index Climbers Festival. We continue to work with Snohomish County on wetland and permitting issues for a permanent vault toilet.
Mazama: Forest Service Approved New Access Trail. Earlier this year, the United States Forest Service undertook environmental review and approved the construction of a new climbers’ access trail to serve a new crag called “The Matrix.” In May the WCC joined climbers from the Methow Valley and the National Forest Foundation in a Forest Service trail project. A great new crag is open for climbing.
Darrington: Road and Trails Maintained by Volunteers. The WCC joined The Mountaineers, Friends for Public Use, and Darrington townspeople in trail projects and volunteer road repair efforts here this year. Volunteering helps build good will with local communities and land managers and also helps us get where we want to go.
Beacon Rock: Climbing Plan Update. The climbing management plan at Beacon Rock State Park hasn't been updated in 18 years. Washington State Parks has re-convened a Technical Rock Climbing Advisory Committee to work with Parks on updating the plan. The WCC is on the committee. Key issues include the seasonal nesting closure, route maintenance, new routes, and a nearby bouldering area.
North Bend: DNR Hosts Trail Project Serving Climbers and Hikers. Washington Department of Natural Resources teamed up with Mountains to Sound Greenway and Washington Trails Association to develop a trail in the area climbers call “the Far Side.” The Washington Climbers Coalition, Access Fund, Vertical World and American Alpine Club volunteered for two days in June. Access to the area is improving.
Goldbar: Working Relationship Continiues. DNR is thinning timber at the Goldbar Boulders but they have agreed to leave some trees shading popular boulders and they will allow climbers to maintain staging areas and approach trails. Look forward to volunteer oportunities there in 2016.
Welcome to the Washington Climbers Coalition.
This site has information about the issues we're working on and information on Washington climbing areas; it also has background
on the WCC, information on how you can support us, and other resources for climbers. We hope you'll join us and help!
Washington rock climbing is remarkably diverse. There are 5.14s at Little
Si, V11s at Gold Bar, and classic moderates at Leavenworth. There's granite at Index, gneiss at Newhalem, andesite
in the Tieton, and limestone in the Northeast. You can wrestle a ten-foot boulder at Minnehaha and pad up a 20-pitch
slab at Darrington. You can start a climbing day enveloped in the lush heart of a rain forest and end it basking
in the open vista of a sagebrush desert.
Nearly everywhere we climb, though, we're guests on someone's land. Even if it's public land, we don't control
it. We need to work together to make sure we can keep on climbing, both now and in the future. The WCC's goal is
to keep Washington climbing vibrant by working with land managers and property owners on climbing issues, educating
climbers about legal, environmental and resource concerns, and promoting climber stewardship of our cliffs and
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