BLM Ban at Castle Rock


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Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Topic Author's Original Post - May 2, 2013 - 03:57pm PT
Another action alert - BLM wants to ban climbing in Castle Rock, Idaho. Keep in mind, great ideas have a way of spreading. Let's snuff this fire out fast.

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
May 2, 2013 - 04:11pm PT
Signed it.

It is a little confusing in not clearly defining that many areas of Castle Rock are open and will remain open even if the current plan is not stopped.

A bit of 'Alarm people so they will respond by telling them the whole stated park will be closed to climbing!' going on.


Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
May 2, 2013 - 04:13pm PT
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
May 2, 2013 - 04:41pm PT

On April 17, 2013, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Idaho announced that all rock climbing activity will be banned on its 400-acre portion of the Castle Rocks Interagency Recreation Area

...I don't think its that confusing...

Jugwall, Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Teasor Tower, the Kingdom, Tidal Wave Wall, Blarney Stone, Pole Cat, RC Rock, Smoking Room, Gobstopper, Wall o' Plenty, Celtic Cross, Stone Circle, Outpost Spire, the Courtyard, Mango Tower and cuts through the Foil Chimney (east side is BLM).

Fair number of routes effected by this ban. Fun location, just on the uphill side of the Comp Wall, extending across and behind the hillside above. Its only 400 acres, but, a bunch of rock formations would be effected.

Kind of a bummer, as, its a less crowded area anyhow.

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
May 2, 2013 - 05:05pm PT
My letter went in.

Your message was sent to:

United States Senate Mike Crapo
United States Senate Jim Risch
US House of Representatives Mike Simpson
BLM Recreation & Visitor Services Andy Tenney

As a rock climber and frequent user of Castle Rocks, I am writing to express my disappointment with the Bureau of Land Managementís April 17th decision to prohibit all climbing as well as camping on the roughly 400 acres of land it manages in the Castle Rocks area.

I really believe BLM action in closing this area is an over-reaction to a few Native-Americans pressuring them to protect cultural sites that are very obscure. I've walked the whole area repeatedly, and have only noticed a few minor pictographs near Castle Rock on State Park land.

Please help convince the BLM to reconsider its decision to ignore the proven Castle Rocks Interagency Climbing Management Plan and ban climbing completely!

Jebus H Bomz

Peavine Basecamp
May 2, 2013 - 05:13pm PT
Emailed. Lame.

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
May 2, 2013 - 05:15pm PT
For people that have been climbing at Castle Rock and know a little of the history, I agree that it is not confusing.

If I had not been there I would think maybe the whole place is being closed to climbing. Don't you think it's a little misleading?

I agree that it would be a bummer to lose even a portion of the climbs at CSP.

Trad climber
Reno, NV
May 2, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
So much for multiple use ideaology. These blanket management policies often are simply hiding the fact that the BLM does not understand the problem in its entirety.

Social climber
Joshua Tree
May 2, 2013 - 05:26pm PT
Bad Climber

May 2, 2013 - 05:47pm PT
Done! Let's keep up the pressure, folks! I hate these land agency morons. Jeez.


Ice climber
Happy Boulders
May 2, 2013 - 06:12pm PT
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
May 2, 2013 - 06:21pm PT
Sigh... What am I gonna do with the guidebook?

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
May 3, 2013 - 11:38am PT

Trad climber
Nor Cal
May 3, 2013 - 11:43am PT

Big Wall climber
May 3, 2013 - 02:30pm PT

between the flat part and the blue wobbly thing
May 3, 2013 - 03:20pm PT
Damn Injuns! Act like they own the place.
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