Thursday, February 9, 2017

Escalante Advisory Council meeting Feb 22

Dear Public Lands Supporter,

The Dominguez-Escalante NCA Advisory Council will meet on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mesa County Central Services building, 200 S. Spruce Street, Room 40, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501.

The minutes of the last Advisory Council meeting, held in Delta on January 25, 2017, are now available online on the How to get Involved--Meetings page of the D-E NCA planning website:

Best wishes,

Bureau of Land Management
Dominguez-Escalante NCA

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Guide Services and Institutions

The following guide services and educational institutions are authorized to use the Unaweep cliffs owned by Western Colorado Climbers' Coalition. These organizations are insured and have official permission to guide on our lands, and we urge folks seeking a guide to support these folks. Please report violations; unauthorized guiding puts us all at risk and is not fair to the guides who have been diligent in securing legal access. WCCC thanks them for their ongoing support of the Western Colorado Climbers' Coalition. If you feel your organization has been left off this list inadvertently, or to report violations, please contact evetallman [at] gmail.

Jose' Iglesias, Summit Ridge Guides, 970-216-2953  

Peak Mountain Guides, 970-325-7342

Mike Schneiter, Glenwood Climbing Guides 970-319-0656

National Outdoor Leadership School,  Rocky Mountain

Colorado Mountain College

The Odyssey School

Colorado Mesa University

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Parking Issues in Unaweep Canyon

There is neighbor concern about folks parking in the pullout at Sunday Wall.
Please carpool when climbing in Unaweep.
Using our parking lot at Mothers Buttress is ideal. If you have more than one car, please park at Mothers and only leave one at Sunday Wall trailhead. If it is crowded, please consider climbing elsewhere. We consider more than four cars to be crowded.
Do not block mailboxes or driveways and park well off the pavement.
CDOT may revoke roadside parking privileges at any time; our alternative is to build a (very expensive to us) parking lot. The picture below was taken by a concerned neighbor and sent to the Mesa County planners.

Thanks for your consideration!
Eve T

Update: Climbers--Please consider snapping a photo of the Sunday Wall parking next time you are out in Unaweep. It's especially helpful to us to document use if you can time-stamp the picture, or send it via email with a date and time and day-of-week caption. Photos showing no cars, a few cars, or a lot of cars is what we seek. Thanks, Garrett, for the ones you sent from last week.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

WCCC Meeting November 9 2015 -- Minutes

We had about two dozen folks at our annual meeting at the GV Climbing Center, including several CMU students from the new club climbing team. After introductions, Garrett gave the Treasurer's Report, Eve updated members on the Unaweep real estate project, and Marc discussed our driveway option at the TV Wall. Randall introduced his new bouldering guide and reviewed access issues at the Bulletholes bouldering area and discussion ensued about having another Trail Day and trash cleanup. Jose will see what options are available with the Sheriff's homeless task force to clean up the remnants of a homeless camp on the City property.  Jesse gave an update on the anchor-replacement project on Otto's Route in the Colorado National Monument. Discussion ensued regarding guiding fees and protocols on our Unaweep properties. 
1)Pay back our loan to the Access Fund
2) Install signage for our properties.
3) Enforce guiding permissions at Unaweep.
4) Research or endorse updated guidebooks for Mesa County and possibly Escalante.
5)Seek to re-establish access to non-WCCC Unaweep cliffs.
6) Pursue legal access to the Monument via west-side neighborhoods.
7) Pursue outreach in the community: Jesse will represent WCCC at the Grand Valley Outdoor Recreation Coalition meeting. Jose and Randall are interested in the possibility of a clinic at the Unaweep boulders.
8) Update brochure  and improve communications via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Website, and Email.
FUNDRAISING IDEAS: Bouldering derby, Indoor comp, T-shirt sales,  Sponsorships, Grants.

Cool new t-shirts available!

$20 for adult sizes, $15 for youth small or youth medium. Bring cash or credit to the Grand Valley Climbing Center OR, donate $20 by paypal or credit card on our website here. Print or save your receipt on your phone for proof of purchase and email us at


Monday, October 26, 2015

Story in the Grand Junction Sentinel!

Group secures three key cliffs, ensuring space for climbing

Eve Tallman, of the Western Colorado Climbers’ Coalition, scales a cliff in Unweep Canyon. The local nonprofit organization now owns three important cliffs in Unaweep Canyon — Sunday, Fortress and Hidden Valley — after a land transfer from The Access Fund. The move secured 50 acres of climbing space that includes about 200 top-rated, granite climbing routes. “This marks a key milestone in the 25-year history of conservation and public access in the canyon,” WCCC said in a release.

A local nonprofit climbing organization now is the owner of three important cliffs in Unaweep Canyon, a move that secures 50 acres of access for climbers that includes about 200 top-rated, granite climbing routes.
Grand Junction’s Western Colorado Climbers’ Coalition reported the land transfer from The Access Fund for the cliffs known as Sunday, Fortress and Hidden Valley.
“This marks a key milestone in the 25-year history of conservation and public access in the canyon,” WCCC reported in a release.
The Access Fund said in the release that it will retain a permanent conservation and recreation easement on the properties “to back up WCCCs’ longterm commitment and ensure conservation and climbing access into perpetuity.”
The Access Fund originally purchased the cliffs in 1991 along with three local climbers. WCCC purchased the Upper Mothers Buttress with the help of two climbers in 2010. In 2014, WCCC finalized negotiations and obtained a $134,000 Access Fund Climbing Conservation loan to purchase Lower Mothers Buttress and Television Wall areas.
A fundraising campaign by WCCC included obtaining grants from The Access Fund, Alpenglow Foundation, Shaw Construction and Realtor Christi Reece, among others.
WCCC said it will maintain the cliff line, while subdividing and selling residential lots along Colorado Highway 141.
“Protecting Unaweep Canyon’s cliff line is an important part of WCCC’s work and mission as the local nonprofit organization for this region,” said Jesse Zacher, who is the president of WCCC.
For more information on WCCC, visit its website at
The group’s next meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Grand Valley Climbing Center, 611 25 Road.

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