Access Fund Meeting at the BETA Bouldering Gym- Is Climbing on the Rez Legal?
Flagstaff, Arizona. Lots of climbing, lots of spray, but little action. Events and festivals at sensitive climbing areas with end of the day parties to promote themselves are not community building.
Actually....I am all for them doing what they feel is right.
Whatever they can do to keep the climbing community informed, perfect.
I know over the past fifteen years that I have been climbing in Northern Arizona area, and there has been some serious attempts to create, establish and maintain a climbers coalition. A climber's coalition built around the debate of what is happening, has and will be in Northern Arizona rock climbing.
I enjoy the camaraderie that the Southern Arizona Climbers Coalition which has been maintained with a strong support over the years. Pictured below is their mission statement which is linked to their Facebook Info Page:
It seems as if the Flagstaff's climbers prefer their climbing coalition community to discuss issues at the pub, in a meet and greet style, drink beers and discuss their recently uploaded step-by-step beta on bolted new route on Mountain Project? I find it baffling that with such a strong, dedicated, diverse climbing/climbers we lack climbing community that has little desire to reach out to others (not the circle jerk that starkly apparent) to discuss, or solve problems that face our climbing past, present and future.
Am I missing something here?
We must give back.
There are just policies/rules in which to abide by if you don't have permission or access rights to the reservation. These are rules that help the relationships between climbers, ranchers, families, residences Northern Arizona Indian Reservation Land, and the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation.
You can't just drive up there and park. No way, no how. There is a specific way in, a specific way out, and yes you will need high clearance and four-wheel drive, and enter the wrong way can result in...a bad day at the office.
Here is the contact information:
Cameron Visitor Center
P.O. Box 459
tel : 928.679.2303