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LCC Access update from the SLCA

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Little Cottonwood Access Update

Despite “no trespassing” signs climbers have been observed crossing the creek on the pipe at the traditional (pumphouse) parking for the Pentapitch/Coalpit areas. This pipe crossing is dangerous and a slip could be fatal. This area is privately owned and the SLCA has a positive relationship with the landowner. Help us continue this amicable partnership by accessing these areas from the pullout near Lisa Falls, it is located .9 miles up-canyon from the pumphouse and 2.5 miles from the park-and-ride. We have recently learned the bridge near Lisa Falls is closed and likely the entire trail on the south side of the creek. We will update our web site when we get confirmation. Sorry for the confusion.

Down-canyon, the bridge leading to the south side near the Buzz bouldering area has been condemned by the Forest Service. Signs have been posted promising fines for tresspassers. We ask that you obey these signs and find an alternate route to your destination.

Front Climbing Club Semi-Pro Update

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th over 200 of the best outdoor industry companies will be at The Get Outdoors (GO) Expo at the South Towne Expo Center. Come visit us in the Vertical Zone for clinics, gear demos and great deals! Check out the Go Expo website for the clinic schedule and a who’s who of who’ll be there.

On Friday evening, head to The SLC Front for the FCC Semi-finals at 6pm and watch proudly as 30 men and women battle it out on the wall for their spot in the Finals. Come out and show your support – it’s FREE! (byob)

Then on Saturday, May 14th come to the GO Expo to check out the latest and greatest in gear and stick around to see who comes out on top in the FCC Finals and shares the $3000 prize purse! The FCC SemiPro Comp Series is a home-grown event featuring the strongest (and bravest) local climbers. You know these folks! Climbing begins at 7pm!

You can find a complete schedule of FCC Events here.

Comp at The Front

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011


Joes Valley Clean-up, May 7th, 2011.

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

What:  Clean-up, lunch, climbing
Where:  Joes Valley
When: Saturday, May 7th, 10:00 AM
Info: Message Board

A fly-fisherman has organized a clean-up for the left fork of Joes Valley and has reached out to climbers to help. We will be meeting at the Orangeville Food Ranch at 10 AM and heading up to Straight Canyon (AKA the Left Fork) from there. Joes Valley needs attention, climbers are a visible user group and we should all pitch-in to help.


Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Spring is back in the Wasatch and so are the scum that break into cars in the canyons.  On Saturday the 26th thieves broke a window of a climbers car at the Gate buttress parking and stole a purse.  Keep vehicles free of valuables, or at least keep valuables out of sight.  Some climbers have been known to keep all loose change under the floor mats and the glove box open and empty.

BD Gear Swap/Sale

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

BD Swap and Sale

Moe’s Valley Trail Clean-up and Bouldering Comp

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

What: Moe’s Valley Day
When: Saturday, March 26th, 2011 – Trail Run, 8:00AM – Clean-up, 9:00AM
Where: St. George, UT

From the website:

It’s our responsibility to protect the area that we all love and enjoy. Come out and give something back to Moe’s Valley.

With increased traffic, it is naive to ignore the increased impact we are having on this amazing place. It is our responsibility to mitigate this impact by raising public awareness, building new trails, and cleaning up the trash.
Moe’s Valley is being annexed into the City of St. George. We must be responsible stewards of the area, and cultivate a positive public image to retain access.

Event to Benefit Art + Mountains

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

What: The 4th Annual Hammers Inc. Art Festival
When: Friday December 3, 5-10PM
Where: NW corner of 100 S and Main Street, Salt Lake City

The 4th Annual Hammers Inc. Art Festival is coming up December 3rd, 2010, it will be held in downtown SLC on the NW corner of 100 S and Main St. from 5-10pm. There will be parking south of the building, additionally Trax has a stop right in front of the door for all those wishing to come green.

This year the festival is an amazing mix of photographers, painters, installation artists, and video. All of these artists will come together for the evening to exhibit their work and help raise monies for the Access Fund, a land conservation group focused on maintaing access for human powered recreation.

Working closely with the Access Fund and Petzl America we have designed an evening of raffles, artwork, and music. We will be showing highlights from the newly released fundraising video All Access, featuring cinematographers such as Josh Lowell, Mike Call, and Guillaume Broust. This video will be available to purchase at the event $10 for 10 videos with all proceeds going to the AF.

The event is open to the public and donations will be accepted at the door. Please send all inquiries to garrett (a) or contact 801.706.1778, if unable to attend feel free to send donations.

Featured Artists: Adam Barker, Garrett Smith, Kristin Marine, Pj & Sarah Mannion, and Kandyce Groesbeck

Exhibiting Artists: Joel Addams, Dustin Butcher, Nathan Balli, Thomas Martens, and Dominic Franciose

9 day table of UAC forecasts

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Created the following page last year as I was curious about trends in the forecasts. Just an FYI.

Liberty Mountain Sale

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

What: Wholesale Warehouse Sale
When: November 17-20, 8AM-8PM, Saturday 9AM-3PM

Maple Canyon Warning

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010


On Friday, September 17th, a homemade bomb was discovered in an latrine near campsite number six. The device was placed next to and behind the toilet seat. The local rangers and sheriff are investigating. No word yet on motives or the destructive capacity of the device. Based on what little information we have received it sounds like the device was an “acid bomb”. Instructions for making these bombs are common on the Internet. Luckily, the Maple Canyon rangers cleaning the latrine had been educated on the existence of these devices and identified the threat. A hazardous materials team safely removed the device.

These bottle bombs can be any size sealed plastic or glass bottle and often have aluminum foil or handwarmers inside to catalyze a chemical reaction. Generally they must be shaken or agitated to explode.

If you see a suspicious device:

  1. Do not disturb the device
  2. Keep your distance
  3. Attempt to keep others out of the area
  4. Contact the Sanpete County Sheriff at 435-835-2345
  5. Contact the Sanpete Ranger District at 435-283-4151

Be safe out there!

SLCA Adopt-A-Crag 2010

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Adopt-a-cragSave the date!

  • What: Annual SLCA Adopt-A-Crag day
  • Where: Little Cottonwood Canyon
  • When: Saturday September 25, 2010 at 7:30 AM
  • Info: Coming soon, rumor has it the first 50 volunteers to sign-up will receive free gym passes, everybody that attends will also be entered in the awesome SLCA gear raffle.

5th Annual REEL ROCK Film Tour

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

RR Film Tour

  • What: Rad climbing and adventure films
  • When: Wednesday 9/29/10 at 7:00 PM
  • Where: Tower Theatre, 876 E 900 S SLC
  • Tickets: $12 at The Front, 1450 S 400 W
  • Info:

Adventure enthusiasts and climbing junkies alike must not miss The Fifth Annual REEL ROCK Film Tour on Wednesday September 29th, at the Tower Theatre, 7pm.

The REEL ROCK Film Tour brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences across the globe. REEL ROCK shows are spirited events where climbers and outdoors lovers come together to celebrate and sample the ultimate in adventure filmmaking. Prize giveaways, appearances by top climbers, and fundraising for non-profit organizations are always part of the party at REEL ROCK events.

Anchors in Maple Canyon

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

I received an email detailing a potentially hazardous anchor setup that is proliferating in Maple canyon and in particular the Zen Garden and Pipe Dream areas.

The anchors in question utilize quicklinks and (hopefully not a self-fulfilling name of) “slip hooks”:



If you are placing these anchors please discuss pros/cons of these hooks with Jeff at Momentum, on Mountainproject, or in the forums.

Black Diamond’s first annual SLCA fundraiser

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Salt Lake Climbers Alliance Poster

We are pleased to announce Black Diamond’s 1st Annual Salt Lake Climbers Alliance Fundraiser. This year we are celebrating the alpine spirit of Seth Shaw with a night of music, food, slide shows, friends and fun.

Join us Thursday, May 20th 2010 from 6-10 PM at the Black Diamond courtyard at 2084 East 3900 South, Salt Lake City. Food and beverages will be provided by Desert Edge Brewery with Lortsher & Vlasic doing the catering. There will be stories, a raffle and slide shows by Doug Heinrich, Drew Bedford and the SLCA.

Tickets per person will be $30 before May 15th and $35 after May 15th, premium tickets are $50 and cover entrance to the event, an SLCA yearly membership, t-shirt and gym passes. (While they last!) Tickets can be purchased at the Black Diamond retail store located at 2084 East 3900 South or I.M.E. located at 3265 East 3300 South.

The SLCA would not exist without the generous support of the climbing community, our sponsors and individual climbers like you! Please help us continue our efforts to protect access and maintain crags by attending this fun event.