Thursday, October 20, 2016

Annual Meeting November 2

Please join us at the annual meeting of the Western Colorado Climbers' Coalition on Wednesday, November 2, 5:45pm at the Grand Valley Climbing Center, 611 25 Road, Grand Junction. Learn about what we've been up to this year and help plan our year's activities. Meet climbers! See you there!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Final Feedback needed on Dominguez-Escalante Proposed Resource Management Plan

The BLM announces the release of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for a 30-day public protest period, which will end on July 31, 2016. This document is available to read or download on the BLM's National Land Use Planning Register (ePlanning) website: http://1.usa.gov/1qKkMVi.

For further details, please see the latest issue of the Canyon Clarion, the newsletter for the D-E NCA RMP. 
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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. 
GOALS FOR THE YEAR: 
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 western_co_climbers@hotmail.com.

 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Story in the Grand Junction Sentinel!

http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/group-secures-three-key-cliffs-ensuring-space-for#

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 westernslopeclimbers.blogspot.com.
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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