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Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 8, 2009 - 12:22am PT
I spent most of my night tonight working on the presentation to the city council. Myself and the other board of directors including Vic Copland, Brian Poulsen, Gordon Ansleigh, and Suzanne Hurt will be there to try and get the Auburn City Council to support our efforts in getting the Quarry reopened to climbers.

Hope to see you there!

From: Yourcrags.org
Auburn Quarry Needs Your Support

Do you like limestone? Would you like to be able to drive to the foothills and have your pick of at least 150 good climbs?

If your answers are "Yes. Yes. Yes!!," then the quarry at Auburn State Recreation Area needs your help.

CRAGS is pushing ahead on efforts to get climbing legalized in the recreation area. Access to this climbing area has been long sought by climbers. And it'd help boost Auburn's economy with all the money we climbers spend while we're out there on gas, food, Starbucks, microbrews, camping, supplies and other stuff.

The next step is to seek the city of Auburn's assistance with requesting that the California Department of Parks and Recreation speed up lifting the ban that's been in place since 2003.

The state parks' Gold Fields District, which manages the federally (publicly) owned land, is currently developing an updated General Plan/Interim Resource Management Plan for the recreation area that appears to include technical rock climbing as an approved activity.

CRAGS will make a 15-minute presentation to Auburn's City Council at about 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 13. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

The more climbers who can turn out for the meeting and show their support for this climbing area, the better. It's a drive for some folks -- carpool if you can so that city officials know how much interest there is when they make their decision.

The city will be considering this request until its April 13 meeting, when the resolution is expected to be voted on. Please call, email or write the city manager and mayor requesting their support for an expedited end to the climbing ban.

For directions to city council chambers and map.

The Auburn City Hall is very easy to find. From the west, take the 2nd Auburn exit. It will say Hwy 49 to Grass Valley. At the end of the ramp, go right. The large old 3-story yellow-brick building right in front of you as you drive up the street is City Hall. Get in the left lane. At the signal, go straight across with a slight angle left, into the driveway for City Hall. Park behind the building, and walk to the left rear entrance (downhill side of the back of the building). Inside the door, stairways go up and down. Bear left and go up. When you reach the next level, the City Council chambers will be through the doors on the left.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Apr 8, 2009 - 01:13am PT
AR,

can you throw down a mailing address or email for the city manager's office?

I didn't see it on the CRAGS site. But didn't look too hard.

thx,

M
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 8, 2009 - 02:14am PT
Munge, I'll grab the address tomorrow and post it here.
Salamanizer

Trad climber
Vacaville Ca,
Apr 8, 2009 - 02:51am PT
Wow, this is good news. I was just talking about the future of Auburn Quarry with some Sacto locals tonight. I'm glad to see somethings actually progressing with this situation.

Unfortunately the likelihood of me being able to make the meeting is slim. However, perhaps I will show my support by firing off a persuasive letter to the city councils office.

I could use a little help in writing my letter though. What are some key points/benefits to allowing climbing I should add to the letter? I would like to keep it more factual and less opinionated if possible. People tend to pay attention and listen to facts while on the other hand, not give two shits about someones opinion. Then again, that's not always the case.

I really appreciate the effort put forth by the members of CRAGS in the case of Auburn. Aaron, you have been a leading force in this effort from the beginning and most certainly deserve recognition. Though we've not always agreed on things and have exchanged words in the past... still, I admire you.

Keep up the fight!

mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Apr 8, 2009 - 09:06am PT
Thanks for your work off and on the cliff. I can not make the meeting either would letters help?
mark miller

Social climber
Reno
Apr 8, 2009 - 09:47am PT
Can you post any pics of the Quarry?
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 8, 2009 - 10:27am PT






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For starters :)
Eric McAuliffe

Trad climber
Alpine County, CA
Apr 8, 2009 - 10:28am PT
i used to climb there alot when i was in high school near sac. The blasting the mining co. is doing still is sorta creepy when the sirens come on, then freekin BOOOOOOOMMMMM!!!! the cliffs rattling and s*it, kinda scary. I've seen some scary rockfall from the choss up high but if your ok with this auburn is really fun climbing.

Last time i was up there there were bolts missing (lead and anchor) on several different routes on the first 2 cliffs you come too, cant remember the names now, but those were most known, so others in horseshoe canyon and others are OK?

I am not able to attend the meeting but will spread the word elsewhere and try to boost attendance. Im stoked to hear the possability that technical climbing be allowed once again in the ASRA. Lots of climbers from the SAC area and beyond will be very pleased.



E
Tork

climber
Yosemite
Apr 8, 2009 - 10:39am PT
Great job and nice pics. Thanks!
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 8, 2009 - 11:56am PT
Eric,

Active mining in the lower 2 Tracts (now fenced off) is done, they are only "restoring" the area. And by restoring, I mean they are bulldozing millions of tons of earth into the area. The only sirens you hear nowadays is the ambulance heading down into the ORV area @ Mammoth Bar...

Thanks for the kudos guys and I don't want to take all the credit for our recent progress. The CRAGS board of directors have played a key role in getting CRAGS up and running and helping us better represent climbers in this process.

When Auburn reopens (must have faith), Sac and Bay Area climbers will finally have a true sport climbing destination area. The potential at Auburn includes 200-300 routes many of them multipitch.

Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 8, 2009 - 12:14pm PT
The address for City hall is:

Auburn City Offices
(530) 823-4211
1225 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA
john hansen

climber
Apr 8, 2009 - 12:16pm PT
Hey roughster,, I knew a Gordon Ainsliegh in the mid 80's when I lived in Auburn. Must be the same guy.

He was one of the first to run the western states endurance run.

Good luck with the quarry.

the Fet

Supercaliyosemistic climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Apr 8, 2009 - 12:39pm PT
"Can you post any pics of the Quarry?"

Haha, that's like asking a crack addict "can you help me finish off this crack?"

Thank Aaron and Crags. I'll be there.

-Steve

Here's email addresses and the start of the letter I sent.

njrhs@inreach.com; bridgetpowers@sbcglobal.net; mr.auburn@sbcglobal.net; hanleykh@jps.net; flyingsurgeon210@yahoo.com; rrichardson@auburn.ca.gov

Subject: Please re-open the Auburn Mountain Quarry for rock climbing‏

Dear Auburn City Council Members and Manager,

I would like to express my support to re-open the Auburn Mountain Quarry for rock climbing...
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 8, 2009 - 02:23pm PT
John, That's the Gordy! He will also be at the meeting if you want to swing by and say hi!

Steve, thanks for providing email addys for people. We'll see you guys there hopefully!
the Fet

Supercaliyosemistic climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Apr 8, 2009 - 07:39pm PT
Bump.
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Apr 8, 2009 - 10:56pm PT
good area for kids too....
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2009 - 08:32pm PT
Agreed!
euro-brief-guy

climber
Auburn, ca
Apr 9, 2009 - 09:54pm PT
I'll be there.

Just moved to Auburn about a year ago.....was psyched to hear about the quarry.....was then super bummed to hear about the closure.

I'll try to get the local gym owner and some of the members to show up.

Steve Montesanto
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Apr 10, 2009 - 08:54am PT
nudge
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 11, 2009 - 10:33pm PT
euro-brief-guy: That sounds great. Thanks!
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