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Access, Stewardship, Permission, and Regulations for Climbers.
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Hey there folks!

Access to climbing areas nation-wide and world-wide should always be on the front of every climber’s mind. Often, we take for granted the hard work and dedication that was done in order to secure access to these important resources to our lives. In many cases, the process of securing public access to the cliffs and crags that we love has been a long and arduous journey for one or several individuals and the actions of one or a few can quickly ruin that access to a resource – be it the crag itself or the corridor that the access trail leads through.

For the purpose of this post I was going to type up a few key points, but instead I will point you to what the Access Fund has up on their pages. (This isn’t a pitch for the Access Fund, but a way to point you towards ensuring you are – as a climber – being a steward to the areas you frequent.) Many climbing areas are on private land and securing access and maintaining access is an involved process.

Climbing on Private Land (clicky!)

“TheAccessFund” wrote:
For a climber wanting to climb on private property, it is important to have a good understanding of the laws of the state in which the climbing is located. Most states require all recreational users to have permission from the landowner, or its lessee or agent before climbing on private property regardless of whether the land is posted or not. By definition, trespassing includes traveling to an area where you intend to climb. It is every climber's responsibility to know who owns the land on which he or she wants to climb, what access may be available to the crag, and whether there are any land use restrictions that may apply there.

What this means is that it should be your responsibility as a climber accessing these lands to contact the landowner or their agent to verify and ensure that climbing is allowed on their land(s). If it is somewhere off-beat and rural, sometimes the landowner/agent hasn't considered the use of rock outcroppings for recreation; and it is then that you can work with them to foster a relationship for climbers.

Climbing on Public Land (clicky!)

Climbing on public lands presents other opportunities for climbing. Each has their own set of regulations pertaining to climbers.

The following are links to the main federal agencies web sites. For more information regarding rules and regulations pertaining to access, please navigate to your regional park or area.
Local lands include:
    State, County, and City parks.
    City and county lands.
    Regional Parks.

For information regarding public state and local resources please visit your state or city’s websites or contact them directly. Following the recommendations of the Access Fund; contacting your local climbing organization; and being an informed steward/user to the area(s) you frequent will maintain access to these areas we love.

“TheAccessFund” wrote:
Rock climbing is a legitimate and longstanding use of our nation's public lands. Rock climbing, ice climbing, bouldering and mountaineering are practiced in many places on our nation's diverse public lands. Throughout our National Park System, as administered by the National Park Service, climbing is considered a "welcomed and historical use." In national parks like Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and Rocky Mountain climbing has been a popular pursuit for more than half a century. Climbing is also a welcomed and historical use on other agency lands including hundreds of sites managed by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and Army Corp of Engineers. At the state and regional level, climbing is equally popular. State parks in New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and California, to name but a few, offer a variety of rock climbing opportunities. County and city parks also provide climbing opportunities.

Don’t take for granted the passed word about the acceptance to climb in a given area. Dig around a bit and see if your resource is open for climbing. Help out with your local organizations.

(This post was edited by epoch on Dec 19, 2008, 5:56 AM)

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