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The American Safe Climbing Association

Submitted by boretribe on 2002-05-19

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In the summer of 1997 a small group of climbers set out to replace old and unsafe anchors in Yosemite. 250 bolts and over a thousand dollars later they realized they couldn’t do it alone, and that a group effort was need. That fall The American Safe Climbing Associated was established.

Replacing old and used bolts is not a new concept. In Europe, especially in France, the replacement of old bolts is seen as so essential to the sport that people are paid to do it. The American Safe Climbing Association is a non-profit volunteer effort dedicated to making climbing safer and encouraging other climbers to do the same. The ASCA depends almost entirely on the generous cash donations of individual climbers. If you ever clip a replaced bolt, with "ASCA" stamped on the hanger, you are doing so because a gracious climber sent us in a donation. We wholeheartedly invite you to become one of these gracious individuals and help the ASCA make climbing routes safe for yourself and other climbers.


What has been rebolted?

As of 4/02 a total of 2890 bolts have been replaced in the following areas:

Calaveras Dome area


Southern Sierra


Yosemite Free Climbs


Yosemite Big Walls


Tuolumne Meadows


Red Rocks


Flatirons & Eldorado Canyon


Independence Pass


Little Cottonwood Canyon


Indian Creek




Joshua Tree




Blacktail Butte, Tetons


Mt Lemmon







For more information

Please visit the ASCA web site for the latest news and route updates.


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Support The ASCA


100% Volunteer

The ASCA is a 100% volunteer organization and aside from the nominal costs of hosting their web site, buying stamps, etc. all of your donation will go to anchor replacement on classic routes. The ASCA is composed of a group of dedicated volunteers who enjoy making climbing routes safe. ASCA rebolters have the time, experience and desire to replace even more anchors. The only thing they need more of are cash donations.


Where does your money go?

Every $50 you donate will replace five to ten bolts: that is often an entire route! Each tax-deductible donation goes towards buying bolts in a number of classic climbing areas across the United States including: Yosemite, Rumney, Joshua Tree, Calaveras Dome, Red Rocks, Eldorado Canyon, Flatirons, Indian Creek, Zion, Little Cottonwood Canyon and more. The ASCA is constantly expanding to new areas and are always open to suggestions of where rebolting should occur next.


How you can help

Since 1998, the ASCA has replaced over 2800 bolts. In 2002 they have the ambitious goal of replacing 1000 bolts (or more!) To do this we need YOU to become a member of the ASCA rebolting effort. They could greatly use your donation at one of the following levels:

$25 - Supporter
$50 - Contributor
$150 - Advocate
$1000 - Mentor

The ASCA is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax-deductible. All members receive the ASCA newsletter. Send checks payable to:

American Safe Climbing Assn.
P.O. Box 1814
Bishop, CA 93515

Please let them know that you have found out about the ASCA through when you send in your donation


If you would like to help but can’t send that much money.

Any amount helps! If you can not afford to contribute at any of the above levels please contact Geoff (boretribe) on this site. He will be collecting smaller donations (cash, check and credit card (through PayPal)) to send in to the ASCA as a group donation. 100% of the money collected by Geoff will go directly to the ASCA.



The banner ad for the ASCA that is running on this web site does displace banners from paying advertisers. We would appreciate it if you would consider donating a few dollars to help defray the cost of running this valuable service. When sending in a donation through Geoff please note if you would like a small portion of your donation to go towards the ad fund.


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Make a donation and add your name to the list!

** If you are a current supporter of The ASCA and would like to have your name added to the list please PM Geoff (boretribe).


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