"Climb the Hill": Climbers Take Action for Public Lands


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Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - May 9, 2017 - 08:48am PT
I am flying to Washington DC tomorrow as part of an Access Fund group attending the joint Access Fund/AAC “Climb the Hill” event in support of public lands, including Bears Ears National Monument, which contains the spectacular crags of Indian Creek.

Some pretty good climbers you may have heard of are going to be there.

[url=" https://www.climbthehill.org/look-whos-coming/"] https://www.climbthehill.org/look-whos-coming/[/url]

We will be visiting the offices of Senators and Representatives to:

• Oppose recent legislative efforts to privatize and sell off federal lands

• Oppose the administration’s plans to revoke or limit the protected status of the Bears Ears National Monument and others like it.

• Support adequate funding for maintenance and management of federal lands, including the National Park Service.

• Support climate federal change mitigation and research.
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
May 9, 2017 - 08:52am PT
Credit: jeff constine
Kenji is going!!!!!!!

Trad climber
San Francisco
May 9, 2017 - 09:21am PT
Somewhere in Indian Creek
Somewhere in Indian Creek
Credit: riemannzetagambit
I got engaged in the (at that time) few days-old Bear Ears National Monument. Always nice to have an emotional connection to build a rapport with our lawmakers and statespeople.

Go get 'em!
Jon Beck

Trad climber
May 9, 2017 - 09:51am PT
Good to see climbers make the move to lobbying Congress. It is a great way to influence our representatives. Would be nice to have a pro lobbyist also, but that gets expensive real quick.

Since Trump is letting churches get political I presume that the AF can get political without risking the 501(c)(3) status.

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
May 9, 2017 - 10:44am PT
Great news Rick! Thank you!
Hardly Visible

Social climber
Llatikcuf WA
May 9, 2017 - 10:51am PT
Thanks to all those involved, I hope you are able to change some rather closed minds up on the hill.
Off White

Tenino, WA
May 9, 2017 - 10:53am PT
Thanks Rick.

May 9, 2017 - 12:17pm PT
Thanks Rick .... you still da Man !!!!!

And tell Trump to go home and let someone with real intelligence lead America into the future ......

Trad climber
Golden, CO
May 9, 2017 - 12:22pm PT
Way to go, Rick! Thank you.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
May 9, 2017 - 12:22pm PT
Thanks Rick and all involved representing not only us as climbers and those who love the outdoors but all future generations who will enjoy our public lands.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
May 9, 2017 - 12:28pm PT
Thanks for this Thread, Ricky! I checked your link. You have some of the best brains and wit tackling this....along with great looks and fitness. An impressive team for sure. Godspeed! You know all of our support is with you as well as prayers and the most positive of thoughts.

Trad climber
Las Cruces, NM
May 9, 2017 - 12:39pm PT
Thanks, you have our support. Let us know whatever we can do at home to contribute to the cause.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
May 9, 2017 - 12:47pm PT
Oh and we'd all love a TR or several, please. lynnie
Brock Wagstaff

Trad climber
May 9, 2017 - 02:56pm PT
Many thanks Rick. Very much appreciate your efforts on behalf of the AF and AAC!


Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 9, 2017 - 03:22pm PT
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Denver CO
May 10, 2017 - 05:34am PT
I guess my position on all this is that if they were going to give the lands back to the states, I'd be concerned, but if its only about national monument status, and the BLM/NFS is going to manage them, I'm not that concerned. I like the way both of those agencies manage lands.

On the other hand, these roadside attractions are starting to give the Moab area a kind of trashy look.

photo credit "America by RV" - lol!
photo credit "America by RV" - lol!
Credit: Don Paul

Who says its hard to find cold beer in Utah?  You just have to go to t...
Who says its hard to find cold beer in Utah? You just have to go to the tourist places they've built for you.
Credit: Don Paul

An authentic looking stegosaurus guards the entrance to Moqui Cave.
An authentic looking stegosaurus guards the entrance to Moqui Cave.
Credit: Don Paul
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
May 10, 2017 - 05:41am PT
Thanks Rick and crew!

Gold Canyon, AZ
May 12, 2017 - 11:04pm PT
A few pics from the event. The Access Fund and Alpine Club probably had 50-60 people on the Hill lobbying for the Antiquities Act and National Monument preservation this week. The group divided into eight smaller teams and made the rounds.

The entire crew:

The much smaller CA/AZ lobbying crew:


Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 13, 2017 - 08:20am PT
Good and timely job folks!
Somebody should have signed up Mark Udall if he wasn't part of the entourage. We lost a valuable voice when he left office.

Hobart, Australia
May 13, 2017 - 12:29pm PT
Superb effort by the Access Fund, and hats off to all the amazing climbers representing.

Well done, making the voice of recreational user groups heard and reminding the Washington crowd that wilderness matters and in fact is one of USA's prime assets.

Congratulations also to each of the hard working staff of the AF: https://www.accessfund.org/inside-access-fund/staff
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