Washington Climbers Coalition P.O. Box 77488, Seattle, Washington 98133

Milestones for the Washington Climbers Coalition

Orange Sunshine, 5.10b, Royal Columns, Tieton River Canyon. Photo by Martin Cash

February 2014:
Toilet is installed at Vantage, culminating effort with WCC, Acess Fund, American Alpine Club, and Mountaineers.

July 2013:
WCC, Acess Fund, American Alpine Club, and Mountaineers announce they've reached the $50,000 fundraising goal for a toilet at Vantage.

May 2012:
WCC helps define nesting closure area near North Bend, Washington, so that crags near but out of site of Peregrine Falcon nest can remain open.

March 2012:
WCC, Access Fund, American Alpine Club, and Mountaineers reach agreement with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to build toilet at Vantage climbing area.

August 2010:
WCC purchase of Lower Town Wall property closes and deed is recorded in Snohomish County Records.

May 2009:
WCC purchases option to buy Index Lower Town Wall and surrounding crags from private owner.

September 2008:
WCC partners with Vertical World Climbing Team, Wilderness Society, and National Park Service on trail project in Skagit Gorge, near Newhalem.

April 2008:
WCC reaches interim agreemente with National Park Service regarding new route development and ongoing climbing in Skagit River Gorge.

February, 2007:
WCC receives notice of 501(c)(3) status having been granted by the Internal Revenue Service. This means that donations to the Washington Climbers Coalition are now tax deductible.

October, 2006:
With the installation of a gate blocking access, vehicular users can no longer drive to the top of the Upper Town Wall. This gate was in part paid for by funds provided by the Washington Climbers Coalition and its installation followed several years efforts toward curbing the practice of throwing large objects off the wall just for the fun of seeing them fall through the air. Signs warning of the hazard to climbers on the wall below were repeated installed and removed by vandals apparently unhappy with the message.

April, 2005:
WCC raises over $14,000.00 to apply toward purchase of crag property near Leavenworth, Washington. This fundraising effort assures purchase, thus preserving access and open space in Icicle Creek canyon.

WCC's telephone and letter-writing campaign successful in getting Forest Service to reopen road serving Darrington climbing area after it was closed due to being given low priority for maintenance.

WCC conducts trail project and crag cleanup at Index.

January-February, 2005:
WCC facilitates discussion over development style and ongoing management options for Dishman Rocks, near Spokane. Letter of agreement results.

October, 2004:
WCC increases ongoing contact with parties involved in controversy over bolting/ethical/development styles at Dishman Rocks, in Spokane; encourages parties to take more tempered approach toward resolving conflict.

WCC contacts Darrington Ranger District about ongoing planning for Kiosk.

New webhosting obtained.

September, 2004:
WCC files articles of incorporation with Secretary of State in Olympia, Washington.

August, 2004:
WCC receives notification of Access Fund startup grant.

July, 2004:
Washington Climbers' Coalition website launched.

First general meeting of Washington Climbers' Coalition held in Seattle. 43 climbers attend, and informative meeting includes discussion of current access threats as well as vision for an ongoing coalition.

June, 2004:
Outreach trips made to Index, North Bend, and Darrington. Climbers contacted at the crags. Further contacts pursued via cascadeclimbers.com website and ongoing discussions with route setters.

May, 2004:
WCC founders meet with over 25 first ascentionists/route setters active in rock climbing areas on east and west side of the Cascades and inform them of current concerns and advise that cooperative response to such concerns would be in the best interest of all climbers. General interest expressed by all present.

WCC founders tour the Mount Garfield access route with ranger from North Bend District ranger station on the Mount Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest, and representatives of the Alpine Lakes Protection Society, North Cascades Conservation Council, and the Mid-Fork Coalition. Visual impact noted to be minimal, concerns over bolting discussed but nothing resolved.

WCC founders meet Forest Service planner in Wenatchee, Washington, to discuss forest planning effort for Okanagon, Wenatchee, and Colville National Forests. Main topic of the meeting is a general interest in encouraging climbers to participate in process.

April, 2004:
Washington Climbers Coalition (WCC) conceived in telephone conversation about current issues. Founders are Jason Keith, Policy Director for the Access Fund; Andy Fitz, then Washington Coordinator for the Access Fund; Bryan Burdo, long-time Washington climber and guidebook author; and Matt Perkins, long-time Washington climber.

In response to issues raised by Alpine Lakes Protection Society, North Cascades Conservation Council, and United States National Forest Service, the WCC contacts the first ascent party for "Infinite Bliss" route on Mount Garfield, and others active in making first ascents in the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Wenatchee Okanogan National Forest, and Giffort Pinchot National Forest; we inform them of pertinent concerns.


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