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SLCA Stewardship Project, Saturday

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

SLCA Stewardship
Join us this Saturday, June 5, when the SLCA will host the third Stewardship Project for the 2010 project season. We will be meeting at the Ferguson Canyon Trailhead at 8:30am for a light breakfast and then hike into the canyon to finish up the construction of the final rock retaining walls/belay pads that we worked on last season. We will also accomplish some general trail maintenance and possibly work on other erosion issues above the belay pads.

We recommend that you bring gloves, water, snacks, a lunch, and any personal gear. If you have tools (rock bars, buckets, sledges, pick mattocks, etc.) bring them.

Please contact Jeff ( if you have any questions.

SLCA May 2010 Update

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Catch up on the latest SLCA news here.

Rock Canyon again at risk

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Once again the partial landowner of a parcel near/in Rock Canyon wants to remove rock from the area.

This is an ongoing access issue, several routes are threatened as well as the tranquility of and access to the canyon.

Get informed by visiting the following links, the Preserve Rock Canyon site has instructions on things you can do to make a difference.

Help needed for SLCA crag day preparations, Thursday October 9th

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

When: Thursday, October 9th
Time: 8-9 AM until it’s done
Where: Little Cottonwood, WMC Pavilion, the swamp

The SLCA needs your help!

The WMC pavilion at the bog needs graffiti removal and general clean-up so that it can be used for the raffle and after-party for the SLCA crag day on Saturday.

I have committed to the SLCA that people that participate here and climb in LCC will help out. Again, it is time to step it up and participate!

Jonathan, Mike (monkey), and Clay (tenesmus) have volunteered so far. The more volunteers the better. Help make the crag day a successful event.

The bog boulder area always needs help, and the shack too. The landowner of the pavilion (and a lot more LCC land) has been friendly to climbers and this will help keep the SLCA and climbers credible in his eyes.

We need a minimum of 10 people……

Forum post

SLCA places latrines in Joe’s Valley

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

From the SLCA website

latrine1Joe's Valley has become one of the premier bouldering areas in the American West. With this popularity has come increased impact on the natural environment and has also placed strain on the relationships between land owners, climbers, and other user groups. The Salt Lake Climbers' Alliance, with the help of its donors, has installed latrines at the Mansize and Buoux camping areas. The use of these latrines will help keep campsites enjoyable and also minimize our impact in the area. Latrines will be installed seasonally, depending on donations. We're relying on you to help us maintain these latrines. Please visit our donation page and make a contribution:

2008 SLCA Adopt-A-Crag Day

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008

Little Cottonwood Canyon

The Salt Lake Climbers’ Alliance, in conjunction with the Access Fund, is organizing an Adopt-a-Crag Day on Saturday, October 11 in Little Cottonwood Canyon. This year we’ve gotten permission from the Forest Service to build a new trail leading to the Egg, which will eventually serve to access the Hong Wall and The Coffin (see map). The current disorganized network of social trails is causing undue erosion and impact in this fragile mountain environment. By building this new trail, we hope to mitigate climber impact and provide easy access to these popular crags, which include such classic routes as Lego My Ego, Low Blow, Tick Fever, the Coffin and the Coffin Roof.

To make this happen, we really need your help. We need as many volunteers as possible to pitch-in. This is your chance to contribute to your climbing areas and your community. Even if you can only come for a few hours, your help would be greatly appreciated.

During lunch break we’ll be raffling off gear and prizes donated by our sponsors, which include Petzl, Liberty Mountain and ProBar (more will be announced later on-stay tuned!). And after a long, fun day of hard work we’ll have an after-party at the Pavilion, located higher in the canyon (special thanks to Jim Williams of Williams Realty for use of the venue).

Here’s the important info:

Meet at 8am at the Park-and-Ride at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon (coffee and a light breakfast will be provided). We’ll carpool up to the work site.

Be sure to wear appropriate attire, such as work boots and be prepared for inclement weather. Work gloves are advised. We’ll have tools there, but if you have shovels and other tools, that would be helpful.

To sign up use the following link:

If you have questions, please contact us at And please check back on often for updates and news, you can access our RSS feed here:

Latest SLCA news and events

Thursday, September 11th, 2008


We just wanted to let everyone know about a few events happening in Salt Lake City over the coming weeks:

Lone Peak Clean-up

This Saturday: Sept. 13

This is a little last minute but…come and help clean up this alpine gem. Projects include fire pit dispersal and invasive weed species (thistle) removal.

Contact Jonathan Knight at jpknight -A T- juno dot com more information.

Reel Rock Tour – Tower Theater

Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7pm

The third annual Reel Rock Film Tour makes a stop at the Tower Theater. Features the latest releases from filmmakers at Sender Films and Big Up Productions.

Films this year include: The Sharp End, Dosage: South Africa, The Aerialist, On Sight and Grand Canyon Walls.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Momentum Gym and the Tower Theater. This event usually sells out so get them early….

Presented by Momentum and Petzl

For more information, go to

7th Annual HERA Climb4Life

Sept. 18-21

The 7th Annual HERA Ovarian Cancer Climb4Life hosted by Black Diamond and Exum Utah will take place September 18-21 in SLC. Jason Kehl, Joe Kinder, Katie Brown, Alli Rainey, Noah Bigwood, Kevin Wilkinson, Nate Gold and others will be on hand. A weekend of climbing, parties, yoga and films for a great cause.

– Don’t miss Parallel Universes, a multi-media presentation featuring three amazing climbers – Kehl, Kinder and Wirtz. Friday, Sept 19 at 7pm in the SLC Library. Cost is $10 at the door and there will be a raffle for great swag. Free entry for C4L participants.

For more information go to:

And here are some other events you’ll be hearing more about soon. Details to follow…

Oct. 9: Majka Burhardt: Vertical Ethiopia slideshow at Rowland Hall

Oct. 11: LCC Crag Clean-up. We’ve got BIG plans in Little Cottonwood and we’re going to need a lot of help! Mark your calendars!!!

Oct. 18: Black Diamond Gear Swap. SLCA will be accepting donations of used gear to sell at the Swap. All funds raised will be go to support the SLCA and area projects.

Got friends that might be interested in what the SLCA is doing? Forward them this mail and have them contact us to be put on the mailing list. They’ll get updates on access issues, crag clean-ups and other climbing-related events in the area. Check us out on Facebook, too.

Interested in getting more involved in protecting and preserving our valley’s great climbing resources? Just contact us…we’re always looking for volunteers….



Cottonwood Canyons Scenic Byway Study Open House

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Thursday, January 24, 2008 5-8PM at the Salt Lake City Library.

Posted in the forum by JK:

For anyone that is interested and has a chance to stop by this evening, there is a public, open house concerning this ongoing planning effort for the canyons. If you are concerned about the future of the canyons, check it out and give some feedback.

For more information, visit the project website at:

SLCA Little Cottonwood Canyon Adopt-a-Crag Day!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Saturday October 20th, 2007

The Salt Lake Climbers’ Alliance (SLCA) is pleased to announce that the next local Adopt-a-Crag Day will take place on October 20, 2007 in lower Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC). Working with the Wasatch Cache National Forest Salt Lake District and the Access Fund, we will be focusing on improving and cleaning up the climbing areas and trail network from lower LCC and all the way up to White Pine. The event is being sponsored by The Front Climbing Club and Momentum Climbing LLC. Additional sponsorship by Revolution, Black Diamond, Petzl,, Exum, ProBar and Solid Rock.

Adopt-A-Crag Day is part of a national effort promoted by the Access Fund which unites local climbing communities, encourages partnerships with local land managers and landowners towards the conservation of climbing areas.

This year’s Adopt-a-Cray Day marks the first of several future projects that will focus on climbing infrastructure improvement in LCC. These projects will not only benefit climbers, but all groups that enjoy the LCC trails and open space.

Projects for this year’s event tentatively include:

  • Trail improvement and slope re-vegetation at the park and ride
  • Trail improvement around the Pipeline trail
  • General, area clean-up
  • Restoration of the bridge leading to the Pentapitch area, Great White Icicle and the Hidden Forest area
  • Graffiti removal in various areas in the canyon
  • Replacing old climbing hardware

Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. This is your chance to give back to this important climbing resource and help make it a better place. This event will help the climbing community self manage public resources; build good-will with land owners, managers, and other user groups as well as strengthen the climbing community.

The work will be organized in two shifts, from 8am to noon and from 1 to 5pm. Snacks and drinks will be provided and there will be a raffle/give-away with tons of great prizes from our sponsors.

  • Meet at the park and ride at the base of LCC at 8 am for the morning shift.
  • Meet at the park and ride at noon for a lunch break.
  • Meet at the park and ride at 1 pm for the afternoon shift.

Volunteers should dress appropriately (long pants and sturdy boots are recommended) and they should bring their own water. Please car pool as there is limited parking in the canyon.

Please click the link below to sign-up as a SLCA Adopt-a-Crag volunteer:

The SLCA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer run organization which exists to promote climbing opportunities, preserve local access and encourage stewardship of the environment.

The Access Fund is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to keeping climbing areas open and conserving the climbing environment. Preserving the opportunity to climb and the diversity of the climbing experience are fundamental to the mission of the Access Fund.

Access Fund/SLCA membership drive

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

News from the Access Fund:

As you are aware, the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance is an Access Fund Affiliate. The goal of this relationship is to strengthen the climbing community and the collective voice of climbers across the United States.

In the Access Fund’s continual effort to support the work of the SLCA, the Access Fund and SLCA have created an annual membership drive program that directly benefits your local needs. Through the end of the summer (September 3, 2007) a portion of every climber’s Access Fund membership contribution associated with the SLCA will be given directly to the SLCA.

Why should you join the Access Fund?

  • Nearly 85 cents of every membership dollar funds projects and services that conserve climbing access, protect the climbing environment, and minimize impacts and restrictions across the U.S.
  • Your donations allow the Access Fund to work with legislators, acquire land to open or preserve climbing, assist with formation of Local Climbing Organizations across the country, and more.
  • By joining, you take an active role in protecting and conserving climbing areas for this and future generations.

How it works:

  1. Browse to
  2. Renew your membership or contribute an additional donation. For climbers new to the Access Fund, we are offering a special introductory rate of $10.00 only available here during the membership drive through September 3.
  3. Select Salt Lake Climbers Alliance in the drop-down menu before the end of the summer (September 3, 2007). The Access Fund will automatically designate a portion of your membership dollars to support the work of the SLCA.

On behalf of the SLCA, the Access Fund, and the entire climbing community, thank you for making a difference in keeping climbing areas open and conserving the climbing environment on the national, regional and local level.

SLCA fund raiser success!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

From their web site:

Thank you to everyone who came out to make the 3rd annual SLCA competition and party a success. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and attendees, door receipts and donations added up to a sizable sum! The funds raised by the event will be used to maintain fixed anchors and to preserve access to climbing areas.

A HUGE thank you to Rachel Strate, indefatigable fund raiser extraordinaire.

Special thanks to sponsors, Black Diamond, Liberty Mountain, Petzl and The Front Climbing Club.

Thanks to our sponsors Arcteryx, Barbacoa, Climbing Magazine, Evolv, Five Ten, Ikon, IME, Intermountain T-Shirt, Metolius, Mike Call, Momentum Climbing Gym, Momentum Video Magazine, Mountain Hardwear, Prana, Revolution, Rockreation, Rock and Ice, Scarpa, Sterling Rope, The Quarry Climbing Gym, Uinta Brewing and Urban Climber.

Big thanks to our great volunteer coordinator Agnes Chiao, all of our volunteers, and the SLCA staff. Thanks also to Brendan Nicholson for his great poster and t-shirt designs and Mike White of the ASCA for educating attendees about anchor replacement.

Again, thank you to everybody that came out to the competition and party, through your support and that of our sponsors, the SLCA can continue our work to keep climbing accessible and our anchors safe.

More info on Triassic

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

If you plan on going to Triassic, read this thread.

MB summarizes:

I just spoke to the President of the mining company, LiveEarth, and Russell Taylor, the person who first contacted Gorilla regarding Triassic. They are really nice guys, and are willing to continue to allow access out at Triassic. Their company mines humic acid, used for fertilizer and other products. From the sound of it the mining will not interfere with any of the climbing, as they are not interested in any areas where there is rock. I am going down next week to meet with them and figure out exactly where they will be mining, where we should start parking, etc. The main thing they are concerned about is liability and damage to their equipment. While under Utah law they are essentially shielded from liability with respect to any injuries on their property, they were somewhat concerned about “monkey wrench” tactics used on their equipment. We need to make sure and get the word out that any of this type of behavior from the climbing community would seriously threaten access to the area and is unacceptable.

The president of the company, David, could be interested in eventually selling or leasing the land. This may be something to explore further with the Access Fund and others. He seems like a great guy, and told me he has always been concerned with environmental stewardship in regards to his mining sites. He also mentioned that if we needed any work done on the roads down there he would be interested in helping out.

I will update the site on any further developments, particularly after I go meet with them next week. In the meantime, please try and get the word out as far as what is happening down there so no problems arise while we try and negotiate this delicate situation.

Triassic mining

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

200#Gorilla posted the following PM he received via the forum:

I represent the mining company that is currently operating on the private parcel of land you refer to as Triassic. This site is now an active mine site.

Access will not be an issue given there is no desturction of mining property and waste is picked up. As a part owner in the company and land steward we encourage multiple use of land. Given that this is a private parcel we do need to have a talk about what is written in your publications about inviting other to this property.


Russell D. Taylor, MBA

My direct email is russt -A T- please send all correspondence there.

Access Fund.

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006