Washington Climbers Coalition P.O. Box 77315, Seattle, Washington 98133

We Bought A Crag!
Sam Hill Acquisition: Icicle Creek, Leavenworth

Don't Forget Arete (5.9), at The Underhill.
Photo by Jim Lawyer.

  The Washington Climbers Coalition helped the Trust for Public Land (TPL) buy Leavenworth's Sam Hill crags in April, 2005. A 40-acre parcel was for sale and at risk for residential development, seriously threatening access. Crags included in the purchase are Sam Hill, The Underhill, Whoopsie Pillar, Ski Tracks Crack, the Fridge Boulder, and Trundle Dome. To view a map showing these crags, click here: Map from Leavenworth Rock (Viktor Kramer)

TPL is a national nonprofit organization that works to buy land for both preservation and public access. It started working on the Sam Hill purchase in 2004. By the Spring of 2005, it had secured a large grant from the Icicle Fund, a Leavenworth-based environmental foundation. The purchase wasn't fully funded, though, and the Icicle Fund expressed a desire for climbers to show their support for the purchase through fundraising.

With five weeks to go until the closing date, TPL still needed to find $16,000 to cover the purchase costs. The WCC stepped in with the modest goal of raising $8,500.00, with the hope that the remaining $7500 could be obtained from the Access Fund. Thanks to an amazing grassroots response, we blew away that goal, raising over $14,300 from over 150 individual donors like you. Special props go to the Bushwacker Climbing Club, which put on a one-night home brew fundraiser that netted $900.00!

TPL closed on the land and has now turned it over to the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. The Land Trust will serve as the property's long-term owner and steward. Climbing access will be preserved. One step at a time, we're helping to preserve access to crags and preserve beautiful places like Icicle Creek Canyon!

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Andy Fitz of the WCC:
Andy Fitz at Washington Climbers Coalition

or Kristin Newman, TPL?s Sam Hill project manager, at (541) 382-2092:
Kristin Newman at Trust for Public Land



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