Wednesday, December 10, 2008
We sold several WCCC shirts to the gym climbers during the evening, and would like to encourage WCCC members to pick up a shirt for $10 at Summit Canyon Outfitters or (coming soon) to Core Elements.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Western Colorado Climbers’ Coalition
Jesse Zacher, Chair
Mothers Buttress, a major crag in Unaweep Canyon near Grand Junction, Colorado, has been sold to the local climbers’ coalition by the parcel’s new owners, John and Marti Peterson of Gunnison, Colorado, where the Petersons work for Western State College. Local climbers formed a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in part to purchase the land so that climbers may access the granite climbing area in perpetuity. With grants from the Access Fund, REI, and donations from the National Outdoor Leadership School as well as gifts from several individuals, the WCCC raised money and in-kind donations to help the deal move forward.
Dave Foley, a surveyor, and Steve Johnson, an attorney, both from Telluride, donated hours of service to ensure the success of the exchange. Realtor John Eakins donated part of his fee to the project, as well. The coalition still seeks approximately $4,000 to seal the deal. Tax-deductible donations may be made by contacting the WCCC.
At the Adopt-a-Crag day on October 26, a small group from the WCCC built a new trail to access the crags from the highway. Donations of food and gear made for a happy crew.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
We planned for the Adopt-A-Crag day to help build a trailhead to Upper Mothers on the new Peterson property, and we approved an Adopt-A-Highway project in Unaweep Canyon to give climbers more visibility with homeowners.
Monday, August 18, 2008
I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and let you know a little bit about the USFS Colorado Roadless Rule Campaign. I have been retained by the Outdoor Alliance (outdooralliance.net) to facilitate a concerted Colorado Roadless Rule effort by the
human-powered recreation organizations that make up OA (Access Fund, American Whitewater, American Hiking Society, American Canoe Association, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Winter Wildlands Alliance).
The Outdoor Alliance member organizations chose the USFS and Roadless as a platform issue because it cuts across the mission of each member organization and changes to the 2001 Roadless Rule would have impacts on all human-powered recreational user groups.
The Outdoor Alliance orgs provided your names to me because you are leaders in the community. We would like to have at least one person who is already active in their respective organization attend each Open House hosted by the USFS (schedule and more information below) to be our eyes and ears. We are interested in finding out how many people attend, the general tone of the comments, etc. We would also like someone who can provide information to other human-powered recreational users, etc.
I realize that this is a very short turn-around time, especially for
those of you in the Pueblo and Monte Vista areas. Unfortunately, we
were not given much lead time to organize this. Please either call
720.933.8310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you area available and
interested in helping.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Matt Seymour has worked up a financial activity report.
Eve sent checks to the Access Fund for the Mothers Buttress purchase on behalf of John Eakins and Eric Ming.
***More donations are needed! Please contact a WCCC board member to make a contribution. We hope to send in another batch of checks in the next couple of weeks.
Monday, May 19, 2008
The seller is Mike Fitzgerald, a former climber from Tempe. Further update at the WCCC meeting on Thursday (see below). There is considerable interest from a potential climber/buyer for this parcel, and we hope to update members at the meeting on Thursday. See you there!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Eve met with Rob from the Mesa Land Trust to discuss options for securing access to the climbing areas. Tax-deductible land easements are an option that she will investigate in the coming week.
A little more gear was sold to raise money for the WCCC. Update on financials is forthcoming.
We still seek contractors and others who can provide labor for in-kind donation toward the purchase of Upper Mothers. Got a backhoe?
Materials for a pipe safe were exchanged at the meeting.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Keep it coming! And thanks for saving Mothers Buttress!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
A motion was made by Thad and seconded by Matt Seymour to approve the bylaws as written. The motion passed unanimously.
Discussion ensued about local contractors and construction tradesmen who have offered in-kind work or reduced rates as a trade for part of the purchase agreement for the land deal. Ryan Cowan and Brad Winters were mentioned. Jesse will attempt to facilitate a meeting with John Peterson, the land owner.
Eve reported that she applied for a grant with a local foundation that has previously funded land acquisition projects in Mesa County. Discussion ensued about a grant opportunity with REI, and Eve will follow up with the grant coordinator at the Access Fund to discuss possibilities.
Work will continue on the 501(c)(3) paperwork required for the tax-exempt nonprofit status of the WCCC.
Special Thanks to Jim Black for removing the trailhead sign at the Sunday Wall, which was vandalized. The signs were installed years ago by the Access Fund and included a trail map and warnings about the risks of rock climbing. The WCCC will work with the AF to replace the sign.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
This article was published in the April 8 Free Press (page one):
Monday, April 7, 2008
To join, contact Jesse Zacher, chair, at western_co_climbers[at]hotmail.com.
Board members: Jesse Zacher, chair; Kris Hjelle, vice-chair; Matthew Seymour, treasurer; Eve Tallman, secretary; Matt Lisenby, Thad Harlow, and Eric Ming.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008