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2016 Index Town Wall falcon closure: please do not climb in the area shown here until July 15, 2016 (this is the upper right portion of The Diamond, including "Hell bent for glory" and the top of "Centerfold." If any defensive behavior is observed (dive bombing is typical), climbers should leave the area even if they are in an "open" part of the cliff.

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Spring 2016 Give Big.

The Seattle Foundation will supplement all donations to the Washington Climbers Coalition made through the Give Big Campaign, a one-day event occurring on May 3, 2016.

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Spring 2016 Volunteer Opportunities.

April 16: Goldbar Boulders
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April 16: Mount Erie Kloke
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April 23: Leavenworth
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June 4: Darrington
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  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 boulders.

 
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About Us:
our organization, our history, our supporters.

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2015 Recap: these are some things we worked on in 2015.

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.





On this site:

Home

Climbing Areas

West Slope:
Bellingham, Mt. Erie, Nehalem, Darrington, Gold Bar, Static Point, Index, Snoqualmie Valley, Beacon

East Slope:
Washington Pass, Mazama, Leavenworth, Peshastin, Tieton

Inland:
Marcus and China Bend, Mataline Falls, Banks Lake, Spokane, Vantage

Access Issues

Recurring Issues

Specific Issues

2014 Gold Bar Boulders update

2014 Darrington and Road Advocay Update

2014 North Cascades Anchor Update

2014 Mt. Erie Update

2014 Index Falcon Nesting Closure

2012 Deception Wall Falcon Nesting Closure

2011 Peshastin State Park agreement

2010 Access road Decommissioned at Static Point

2009-2010 Index Fund campaign


Stewardship

2014 Tieton trail project

2014 Darrington trail project

2014 Vantage trail project

2014 Vantage toilet installation

2014 Index Town Wall planning and development update

2012 Index Trail Project

2012 Vantage Toilet fundraising

2005 Sam Hill Acquisition in Leavenworth

2005 Index Clean-Up

Resources

weather forecast, pass reports, Discover Pass information, ranger station contacts, avalanche forecasts, Northwest Mountaineering Journal, Washington rock climbing history, recreational immunity statute

About Us

Milestones

Tax Exempt Status
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Membership and Volunteering

Business Support

Partner Organizations

Volunteers Needed

more ...         E-mail us:
info@washingtonclimbers.org


Washington Climbers Coalition P.O. Box 77315, Seattle, Washington 98177