The bouldering in Joe’s Valley, UT is considered some of the best in the world. The area’s high concentration of boulders, with an impressive array of both moderate and advanced climbs, and its easy access from nearby Salt Lake City make it a draw for climbers from around the world.
As Joe’s Valley has continued to rise in popularity, the increased climber traffic is putting a strain on the climbing environment, causing extensive erosion on approach trails and at the base of boulders, human waste concerns, campsite expansion, and roadside safety concerns.
The SLCA and the Access Fund have engaged the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service (USFS), taking critical steps to begin long term stewardship planning that addresses the increased climber traffic at Joe’s Valley. As a first step, the SLCA funded (with help from Access Fund and AAC) an area assessment to document the current condition of the resources in Joe’s Valley and identify areas of concern. It is clear that infrastructure improvements, management alternatives, and climber behavior changes are going to be essential to protect Joe’s Valley.
Please follow this link to a letter writing tool that will provide requested feedback to the BLM concerning the future of Joe’s Valley.
Upcoming Mountain Accord public meetings:
February 11, 2015
Cottonwood High School
5715 South 1300 East, Murray, UT 84121
Q&A: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
February 24, 2015
Black Box Theater, Eccles Center for the Performing Arts
1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City, UT 84060
Q&A: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Open House: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
February 25, 2015
Salt Lake City, TBD
Join us Feb.10, 2015 at Petzl America’s new state-of-the-art LEED Platinum certified headquarters in Salt Lake City for SparkShop’s latest film: Exposure Volume II. This visually stunning film follows athletes Daniel Woods, Jimmy Webb, Alex Megos, Alex Puccio, and Dmitry Sharafutdinov as they push the very limits of climbing difficulty.
Beer (for those over 21) will be supplied by Moab Brewery.
Plus, it’s for a good cause! Ticket proceeds go to the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance, the voice for Wasatch climbers!
Annual Fundraiser Party Reminder!
(Online purchase now available via Paypal, get your tickets before the 12th and save five bucks.)
Get PSYCHED! Black Diamond is hosting the 3rd annual SLCA Fundraiser Party. Anyone who has attended this event in the past knows it’s a good — strike that — a GREAT time. There will be very special beverages, a raffle and auction, live music, and great food, all to benefit the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance and celebrate the Alliance’s 10-year anniversary.
Come chill with your friends; hobnob with Black Diamond athletes Cedar Wright, Josh Wharton and Mike Libecki; listen to singer-songwriter Nicole Paradiso, then get down and get funky to the music of The Smokin’ Blues Band!
The “partay” will be held outdoors, rain or shine. Anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Please, even though we love ’em, NO DOGS.
When: Thursday, June 14th 6-10 PM
Where: Black Diamond, 2084 E 3900 S, SLC UT
Cost: $25 if purchased by 6/12/12, $30 after 6/12/12
Wasatch Water Legacy Partnership Weed Pull Day Lower LCC
Water Legacy Partnership Weed Pull Day June 9th – Lower Little Cottonwood Canyon with SLCA and Cottonwood Canyons Foundation
June 9th, 2012 / 9-11am / Registration and
check-in for participants starts at 8:30
Little Cottonwood Park and Ride
DETAILS: The weed pull will focus on Hound’s Tongue, Burdock, and Dyer’s Woad. All volunteers should pre-register through the Public Lands Information Center 801-466-6411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for a central
National Trails Day
WHAT: National Trails Day
WHEN: Saturday June 2nd, 2012 / Registration and Breakfast: Begins at
7:45 / Welcome, Instructions, Safety talk: 8:40 / Work begins at 9:00 / Work
until 12:00 / Lunch and Thank you: 12:00
WHERE: Mount Olympus Trail-head on Wasatch Blvd. A free shuttle will be running from the Park-And-Ride at 6200 South Wasatch Blvd. beginning at 7:30 AM. Taking the shuttle is strongly advised as there is limited parking at the trail-head. If you can’t take the shuttle, please carpool!
DETAILS: Work Site: New Section of
Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Meeting at Mount Olympus trail-head, off Wasatch
Blvd. Must be 16 years old to participate in the trail work. Must be 13 years
old to participate in the weed pull. Pre-registration
required. All participants must pre-register through Public Lands
Info Center by calling 801-466-6411 or
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or at the Public Lands Information Center REI store, Salt Lake City 3285 East 3300 South Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Lower Parley’s Access Trail
The SLCA needs your help, please come out to help us maintain a popular SLC crag this Saturday!
Due to final logistical land ownership issues with Salt Lake County and Utah Department of Transportation, the scope of the Lower Parley’s stewardship project has changed slightly. The County is in the process of clarifying parcel boundaries and ownership of the actual cliff face. A greater master plan for this area is in the works with Salt Lake County and other land managers. The work that the work SLCA does on May 19th will play a part in that greater master plan.
Even though SLCA will not be able to construct a new access trail to the cliff, we have come to an agreement with Salt Lake County to still provide a much needed stewardship project at this area. The project will still include some of the proposed project objectives including: installing multiple check dams in the existing fall line access trail; maintaining and constructing water diversion structures on the main trail; and installing a kiosk at the trailhead.
The SLCA is partnering with the Access Fund through a grant they have awarded for this project. Other partners include Salt Lake County for partial funding and Mountain Trails Foundation who are providing the tools and trail expertise.
WHAT: Environmental Stewardship Volunteer Day
WHEN: May 19th, 2012 / 8:30pm-2:30pm
WHERE: The lower Parley’s Canyon Crag.
DETAILS: PRE-REGISTRATION is required to volunteer. Please SIGN UP on the online volunteer sign-up form to guarantee your lunch donated by Whole Foods. Participants are required to wear appropriate shoes (no open toed shoes) and long pants. NO DOGS. NO ALCOHOL. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen.
5th Annual Ogden Climbing Festival, April 27-29
This year we will welcome world renowned climber Peter Croft! Royal Robbins, a leading climber of the previous generation, wrote about Croft and his climbing achievements in 2000: "Peter has been my hero for many years, ever since he came blazing out of nowhere with his stunning free solo ascent of Astroman on Washington Column in Yosemite. Tom Frost and I had made the second ascent of this route, mostly with direct aid in the early sixties. That one could climb this route without resorting to direct aid was impressive. To do it without a rope was astonishing. But such was Peter's level of mastery. That it was mastery, and not mere daring was proven by a string of free solos of similar stature, executed to perfection."
This years Festival will include:
- Free Climbing Gear Demo, Friday April 27th 5-9pm (WSU Climbing Wall)
- Outdoor Red Point Boulder Competition, Saturday April 28th 10am-12:30pm (Ogden Boulder Field)
All Hill Air Force Base employees, Active Military, WSU ROTC, and WSU Climbing Club members receive a $5 discount on early registration for the Outdoor Boulder Comp. (Regular $20, Discount $15). Please call the WSU Outdoor Program 801-626-6373 before Friday April 27th at 5pm to pre-register.
- Free Red Bull BBQ, Saturday April 28th 12-1pm (Ogden Boulder Field)
- Free Educational Climbing Clinics, Saturday April 28th from 1-3:30pm (Ogden Boulder Field) 1) Peter Croft Climbing Clinic, 2) Kidz Rock Clinic, 3) Bouldering Clinic
- RevvNRG Keynote Slide show presentation by Peter Croft, Saturday April 28th 6:30pm (WSU Wildcat Theater)
- Event After Party Hosted by the Front Climbing Club, Saturday April 28th 8:30pm (The Front Climbing Club)
- Boulder Field Clean up and Trail restoration, Sunday April 29th 10-2pm (Ogden Bolder Field)
All events are open to the community and we invite participants of all ages and ability!
For more information or to see a full event schedule visit: http://www.weber.edu/outdoor/Ogden_Climbing_Festival_2012.
Feel free to call the WSU Outdoor Program for more information: 801-626-6373
Calling all climbers! The SLCA would like to announce our annual Adopt-A-Crag Day, to be held October 22nd from Noon-5pm (after the Black Diamond Gear Swap.) Volunteers will be meeting at the Little Cottonwood Park-And-Ride, please car-pool if possible. The plan for the afternoon is to do a trash clean up of Little Cottonwood and maintenance of our past projects at The Slips and Ferguson Canyon. Please come out and show your good stewardship of the Wasatch. Refreshments and giveaways at 5pm back at the Park-And-Ride. If you plan on attending please complete the following volunteer registration so we have an idea of how many climbers are willing to help us with our goal of preserving access and stewardship of our local climbing areas.
Sign-up here: http://www.saltlakeclimbers.org/volunteer
Created by the Access Fund, the Adopt-a-Crag program is our signature stewardship event. It exists to unite our climbing community in partnership with land managers to conserve climbing areas.
Our volunteers should be prepared for mountain weather conditions, which are unpredictable and subject to rapid change. Further, our projects require the use of tools, which should be accompanied by a certain type of attire for your safety and that of others around you. Listed below are items to wear or bring to ensure your volunteer experience is a positive one.
- Long Pants
- Boots (sturdiest shoes possible, with closed-toe, no sandals!)
- Sunglasses or other eye protection
- Food / Water (2 – 3 quarts)
- Leather Gloves
- Rain gear
- Extra layers
Be prepared for arduous work lasting up to 4 hours. All personal items must be carried by each individual in a backpack. If you pack it in, please pack it out. Also, dehydration is a real concern during the summer months. Please bring enough water to last the entire length of service. Please also note that most work on trails takes place at high elevations. Please come prepared with an Epi pen if you are allergic to stings, and please also notify work leaders of any special health or medical considerations when you arrive on site.
Also, thank you to everyone who came out for the Reel Rock Tour and also welcome to our new members!
See the email here:
From the SLCA mailing list:
Black Diamond is hosting the 2nd Annual Salt Lake Climbers Alliance Fundraiser Thursday night, June 23. The event will take place in front of BD’s Salt Lake City headquarters, in the parking lot, otherwise know as the Black Diamond Courtyard, at 2084 East & 3900 South.
The event will run from 6-10pm and will include an evening full of food, drinks, raffles and music to benefit the SLCA. Additionally, there will be poster signings by Black Diamond athletes Alex Honnold, Kate Rutherford and Sonnie Trotter. The fundraiser will be held outdoors, rain or shine. All children under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult and please no dogs! Tickets are currently being sold at both the BD retail store and I.M.E. for $30. After June 18 tickets will retail for $35.
Associated sponsors include: Desert Edge Brewery, The Front Climbing Club, IME, La Sportiva, Liberty Mountain, Maxim Ropes, Metolius, Momentum Climbing Gym, Mountainworks, The Quarry, REI, Rockreation, Sterling Ropes and Utah Mountain Adventures.
- Location: BD Courtyard, 3900 S 2084 E, Salt Lake City Utah
- Date: Thursday, June 23rd
- Time: 6-10 PM
- Tickets: Black Diamond Store and I.M.E
- Tickets before June 18th: $30
- Tickets after June 18th: $35
- Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult
- No dogs please
- Poster signings with BD athletes Alex Honnold, Kate Rutherford and Sonnie Trotter
- Beer, music and food will be provided
From the latest email update:
Thanks to our partners at Black Diamond, Liberty Mountain, Backcountry.com, and The Front Climbing Club we are hiring an Executive Director. This funding, along with the SLCA’s contribution will seed the permanent establishment of the ED position providing greater accountability, community outreach, and advocacy for the local climbing resources that we all love.
Please see our job announcement page for information.