Wednesday, July 14, 2021

 

Clean Up & Night Climbing

Triangle Boulder Area - Friday July 23, 2021


Come join the WCCC for another clean up! This month we are heading out to the Triangle Boulder area. We will be starting the clean up at 6:00pm and will work until about 7:30ish.
Also be ready for some night bouldering afterwards!!
Please bring closed toe shoes, gloves, and water for the clean up. Additional tools and trash bags will be provided. Please bring pads, climbing shoes, and headlamps for the night bouldering. Flood light will be provided but more are encouraged if you have them. Hope to see you there!


Monday, June 21, 2021

 


Clean Up & Night Climbing at the Bone Park Boulder

Sunday June 27th

Come join the WCCC for a clean up at the Bone Park Bouldering area on 6/27/21. We will be starting the clean up at 6:00pm. After we are done with the clean up we are planning on sticking around and doing some night bouldering. Please bring closed toe shoes, gloves, and water for the clean up. Additional tools and trash bags will be provided. Please bring pads, climbing shoes, and headlamps for the night bouldering. Flood light will be provided but more are encouraged if you have them. Hope to see you there!

Visit our Event page on Facebook

https://www.mountainproject.com/area/106357938/bone-park-boulder-area

Friday, May 28, 2021

Event Recap: Dynamite Shacks Cleanup May 22, 2021

 


On Saturday May 22nd, the WCCC hosted a cleanup event at the Dynamite Shacks bouldering area. Randall Chapman, a local climber and former WCCC Board Member has been organizing an annual cleanup for over a decade and we were happy to help carry on this tradition. 


The Dynamite Shacks bouldering area sits on property owned by the City of Grand Junction. The City donated trash bags and paint supplies to help facilitate our cleanup. Daylight Donuts even donated two dozen donuts to fuel our efforts!

15 WCCC members spent the morning re-painting the Dynamite Shack buildings and cleaning up trash and broken glass.

We look forward to seeing YOU at our next event. 

Stay tuned to our website and social media channels.


Sunday, May 16, 2021

Dynamite Shacks Cleanup - Saturday May 22nd

 


What:    Dynamite Shacks Cleanup
When:   Saturday May 22, 2021  10:00am to 1:00pm
Where:  Bouldering areas located across from Lunch Loops trailhead

The WCCC will be working at the Dynamite Shacks & Bullet Hole bouldering areas just south of downtown Grand Junction. We will be painting the buildings to remove graffiti and picking up trash throughout the area.

Visit our Facebook page for more event information!

Friday, April 30, 2021

2021 Authorized Guide Services -- Updated List

 Hi, everybody. As you probably know, as owners of several crags in Unaweep Canyon, we require any and all commercial, educational or nonprofit guided groups or sanctioned events to be authorized by us (WCCC). This authorization includes a signed agreement to our policies as well as proof of insurance to protect WCCC and Access Fund. [Updated 3-11-2021]

Although many guide services are being held back by the pandemic, we have granted authorized use to the following for the coming year:

  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Grip Bouldering 
  • National Outdoor Leadership School
  • Eureka! Science Museum
  • Glenwood Climbing Guides
  • Peak Mountain Guides
  • Skyward Mountaineering

If you represent a guide service and I have missed you, please let me know at evetallman@gmail.com.

Also:  If you are out in Unaweep and you encounter unauthorized commercial groups, please let us know! It's a-ok to ask for credentials. THANKS for helping us to steward our fabulous crags!



Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Details on the BLM "Adopt A" Program

 

The Western Colorado Climbers' Coalition is working on an application for the BLM's new "Adopt A" program. We are planning to use 9 Mile Hill as our project site. Details are still being worked out, but here's a peak at the information we have so far. 

Please stay tuned to our social media channels and to our website for more information coming soon!! 






Saturday, March 20, 2021

WCCC Draft Meeting Minutes--March 15, 2021

Western Colorado Climbers’ Coalition Meeting Minutes – March 15, 2021 –DRAFT 

The meeting was conducted via Zoom. There were 25 participants on the call. Participants included: Board members Jesse Zacher, Paul Stoner, Rich Connors, Matt Lisonby and Eve Tallman. Other participants included: Cody Abshear, Michael Schneiter, Marty, Sam, Kent, Fritz, Daniel Garman, Thierry Legrain, Krystyna Dillard-Crawford, Amanda Bornschleger, Michelle, Dan Ben-Horin, Andrew, Ashton Johnston, Sara Brooker, Cameron Bourne, David Jenkins, Marlee, Abe Herman and other unidentified participants. 

Rich began the meeting with a brief description of the communication channels the WCCC uses to reach out to the climbing community, including emails, Facebook posts, Instagram, and posts to the WCCC blogspot website. The board agrees it should aim for quarterly updates in addition to periodic messages to the community. 

Jesse presented a brief history and an update on access to Escalante’s Cabin Wall, which is on ranch-owned private property. He talked about the recently-installed fence with a climber-specific no-trespassing message. Jesse talked about the increased traffic in the canyon and speeding vehicles. Rich suggested climbers were singled out because they present an easy target for the ranchers. Jesse described his conversation with the ranch owner and revealed the owner did not know about the fence and closure but was not surprised the ranch managers had taken that course of action. Jesse suggested the speeding vehicles were a specific concern of the ranch. Jesse reviewed the history of actions WCCC had attempted in the past, including offering to install signage, but he indicated the ranch was not interested. In the past weeks, the rancher had appealed to the sheriff and BLM law enforcement and tickets were issued to speeders and illegal campers. 

The prospect of distributing the newly-printed WCCC leaflets encouraging climbers to drive slowly, respect private property, camp appropriately and more, was discussed.

Matt asked if WCCC should write a letter to the ranch owner. David Jenkins, a climber and official with the BLM, stated he had contacted the state BLM director and the National Parks and Conservation Association about the closure. Paul asked about what the closure is trying to accomplish. Kent recalled the changing nature of the relationship between climbers and the ranch managers over the past 20 years. He said the tone used to be friendly but now there are too many users. He suggested that speeding is the rallying point for the ranch. Kent concluded by giving the example of Joe’s Valley and how climbers can lead by good example as an exemplary user group. Sam stated he had experienced large groups of 30 and more people from institutions from the Front Range. Jesse said that Colorado Mesa University (CMU) sets a good example, training outdoor users to employ Leave No Trace ethics. Dan from the BLM stated that climbers are not well-represented in the 2017 resource management plan; he stated the main uses of the canyon are heritage tourism and picnicking. He said a three to five-year plan for camping management is underway. Dan was asked if he could provide statistics from the sheriff and BLM law enforcement officer regarding the types of tickets issued (speeding, illegal camping, etc.). Jesse asked if signage for the BLM climbing areas would be possible. Eve asked about limits to commercial group size and allowable use and whether there is a climbing management plan. 

Marty presented his Adopt-A-Land program that will target the Nine Mile bouldering area in Unaweep Canyon. He stated there will be a training for best practices for the land stewardship project. He said he would like to expand the program to include Escalante. More information about the Adopt-A-Land program will be forthcoming. 

Jesse brought up the board’s interest in recruiting new board members. Marty asked about anchor replacement and Jesse described the process by which anchors can be replaced with support from the American Safe Climbing Association. 

The meeting ended at 7:15pm. 
--Submitted by Eve Tallman, Secretary [corrections or edits can be emailed to: western_co_climbers@hotmail.com]

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