Access Fund Bluegrass Bash Coming Up Next Week

Join us as we team up with the Access Fund for a fun night of bluegrass, giveaways, and games.

RSVP To the Facebook Invite HERE

Is there a better way to celebrate climbing and conservation? We don't think so. Presented by Topo Designs, dance the night away with us and WhiteWater Ramble June 1st in Denver!

100% of ticket proceeds, prize draws, and event memberships benefit the conservation and preservation of the wild places you love to explore.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:
--100% of your ticket purchase will help protect America's climbing and the climbing environment.

--Tickets are on a sliding scale...you give what you can to join the fun! Ticket options include = $15, $30, $50, and $100.

--Enjoy games and killer giveaways.

--Described as "High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass", this year's band, WhiteWater Ramble, uses a simple recipe to craft it's sound: start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana.

--Invite your friends, neighbors, and climbing partners. Let's shake it down in Denver!

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:
The future of climbing is now. From the gripping footage of Alex Honnold soloing El Capitan, to the incredible growth in climbing gyms around the country, to the 2020 Olympics, the American public is fascinated with climbing more than ever before. We have a rare opportunity to create the future that we want to see.

At Access Fund, we are thinking about the future, and we need your help to shape it. The growing numbers of climbers are putting incredible pressure on our crags and our alpine environments. Yet, more people than ever before support the protection of our public lands. Access Fund's work to protect America's climbing must evolve to meet these challenges. By attending this event, you are helping us take the right step forward.

Membership Month Kick Off at Upslope, Weds 5/1!

May is Membership Month, and we’re kicking it off with a night of brews at Upslope Brewing (Lee Hill Location). In celebration of Pints for a Purpose, $1 of every beer bought goes back to the BCC. But wait… there’s more! We’ll be rocking an awesome silent auction AND, all new members signed up get put in our random drawing for a brand spankin’ new Petzl 70m rope!

Come on out tomorrow, beers will be flowing 2 PM - 10 PM and the silent auction will be from 6 to 8 PM.

Major Closures in Boulder Canyon Coming Up - Plan Accordingly!

Extensive road work is taking place in Boulder Canyon now through 2020; there will be one lane in places; parking in many pullouts, including the dome area at the mouth of the canyon, will be limited; this will include at times 2 hour closures for blasting. CDOT will update their website and phone with more detailed information each week. 720-465-6898. The website/hotline will refer to Mile markers; here is the rough equivalents by crag Climbers will do best during this time to meet before entering the canyon if possible, be prepared to change plans if construction makes it necessary, and avoid making the situation worse with rogue parking.

Here's the list:

Dome Rock/Elephant Buttresses mm 40

Eagle Rock mm 34.6

Cobb Rock mm 34.2

Blob Rock/Bitty Buttress mm 34.1

Happy Hour/Security Risk mm 34.0

Bihedral/Riviera mm 33.7

Boulder Falls/Boulder Slips/Plotinus/Tonnere Tower mm 33.2

Bell Buttress/Practice Rock mm 32.7

Boulderado/Animal World/Avalon/Solaris/Black Widow/Vampire/Sleeping Beauty/Watermark mm 32.2

Nip and Tuck mm 30.3

Castle Rock mm 28.8

Sport Crag mm 28.3

Check out more info on the CDOT page here.

From the Aerie - Our First Raptor Blog!

From the Aerie

By Dara Miles

BCC Raptor Program Director

Welcome to the BCC’s….bird blog? Yep, from time to time we will be writing about the birds who temporarily take over your crags (and the people who watch them). 

The Golden Eagles are back at Eagle Rock in Boulder Canyon, and they’re tending to an egg or two, so the crag and its approach trails are closed to climbing until July. Eagle Rock has been the preferred nest site for this nesting pair for several years running, and they have successfully fledged several eaglets from this nest.

Although it’s a big nest—about 10 feet wide--we use a spotting scope and a fixed camera with a telephoto lens to see what’s happening up there. Our biologist, Rob Roy Ramey, confirmed incubation in early March, and that allowed rangers to re-open Blob, East Blob, Bitty Buttress and Security Risk Crags to climbing on March 19.

The male and female eagles share the incubation duties. The female does most of the nest-sitting, keeping the eggs warm while the male hunts and brings food. But the female will occasionally hunt for herself, leaving the male in charge of the nest.

Golden Eagle incubation takes 40-45 days, so we’ll start looking for a chick (or chicks) around mid-April. That’s when the observation gets really interesting, and the photos, if we’re lucky enough to get them--are much cuter. Stay tuned for fluffy white things!


Celebrate Spring with the BCC Tonight at A-Lodge!

In honor of longer days and more sunlight (yay, post-work climbing!) the A-Lodge and Boulder Climbing Community are inviting you to join us for beer, music, food, and climbing revelry on Wednesday, 3/20!

This the first official A-Lodge music night of the season and we'll be hanging out and listening to live music and sipping on some Avery brews and eating the best tacos in the world from McDevitt tacos.

If tacos and good times aren't enough for you, we're giving away some great stuff from our partners at Friction Labs, Fjallraven, Petzl and Butora. You don't wanna miss it.

We'll be cracking beers and starting the music at 6:30, so meet us on out there!

RSVP on our Facebook invite here

Climb Responsibly During Raptor Season - Webinar on 3/12

You guys know that raptors are near and dear to our heart here at the BCC. We want to help educate all climbers on where and when it’s okay to climb during the raptor nesting season. Our friends at the Access Fund are hosting a webinar on 3/12, tune in to find out more info.

Access Fund's Policy Analyst, Katie Goodwin, and Natural Resources Senior Specialist/Wildlife Ecologist, Chelsea Bebe, will present on why seasonal raptor closures are important and the ways that the climbing community can partner with land managers to maintain long-term access to climbing areas.

Register for the webinar here

As always, you can keep up with the latest closure updates on our closures page here.

The BCC is Hiring!

Do you have a passion for climbing and are looking for a rewarding job within the climbing industry? Do you know someone who is? BCC is looking to hire crew members for the 2019 Front Range Climbing Stewards field season. Entry level and experienced trail builders are encouraged to apply for level I and level II positions. Check out job derscriptions and application information below.

Level 1 trail crew member job description

Level 2 trail crew member job description

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2019 FRCS Level II crew position description.jpg
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BCC Action Alert - Our National Parks Need Your Help!

**Action Alert** Our National Parks need your help!

The mission of the Boulder Climbing Community is to care for the places that we climb, so we are stepping up our game during the government shutdown to provide resources to care for our national parks and lands.
As climbers, it is critical to use all Leave No Trace practice and our wag bag program is integral to that mission.

In lieu of the government shutdown, the BCC will be organizing a volunteer day this Sunday, 1/20 to distribute wag bags and restock existing bag stations in Rocky Mountain National Park at 4 different locations. We will be meeting at the Justice Center at Canyon & 6th Ave. to carpool up to Estes at 9 AM.

If you're interested in volunteering, please check out all the details and sign up here: http://bcc1.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/…

If you can't make it on Sunday, don't fear! We've set up wag bag distribution centers at Neptune Mountaineering and Rock and Resole. Please stop by, pick up a couple bags and distribute them to friends.

Since many bathrooms are closed it is critical to carry a wag bag and use it on all public lands, so whether you are going into Rocky Mountain National Park or the Indian Peaks Wilderness, please grab a bag and help spread the word!

Special thanks to our partner Restop Bags for the additional donation of supplies during this crucial time.

Join Us for a Special Screening of REEL Rock 13 on February 5th

Please join us to watch REEL ROCK 13 on the big screen at the American Mountaineering Center theater on Tuesday, February 5, 2019! Doors open at 6:00 PM. Movie will play at 7:00 PM.

Buy Tickets Here

RSVP on Facebook.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW! Proceeds benefit Access Fund, The American Alpine Club, and Boulder Climbing Community(501c3).

Our first collaborative event, The Dawn Wall (November 2018), sold out quickly and raised over $3600 for these organizations.

REEL ROCK 13 is comprised of four films:
1) Age of Ondra: An intimate journey with one of the greatest athletes at his peak.
2) Up to Speed: An in depth look at the little known (in the US) sport of speed climbing which will be part of the 2020 Olympics.
3) Queen Maud Land: Six elite climbers journey to the remote frozen towers in Antarctica
4) Valley of the Moon: An adventure to sandstone walls in Jordan.

Beer will be available before, during, and after the film, provided by our always generous partners at Avery Brewing Company!

Join us at REI Denver Oct 13 for Rocktoberfest

Love climbing? Enjoy Avery beer? Want to support your local climbing community?

Come to Rocktoberfest at REI Denver! We are celebrating the Front Range Climbing Stewards (FRCS) who have been working hard building local climbing access for years. Avery Brewing is bringing the beer and all proceeds support FRCS (to be clear...drink beer to support climbing access and stewardship). Things to get pumped about: a 5.13 climbing comp (more details and registration link below), music by Discosapien, local beer from Avery Brewing Company, climbing vendors, awesome giveaways, and a presentation by pro-climber: Jonathan Siegrist.

This event is free to the public and we'll have an awesome vendor village with a silent auction (proceeds to the BCC/FRCS) and vendor clinics and giveaways. There will be climbing pros on hand doing clinics, stay tuned for the full schedule of clinics and demos. Come on out and celebrate climbing, stewardship and party with us!

FOLLOW OUR FACEBOOK EVENT FOR UPDATES AND MORE!

Boulder Canyon Maps & News

Boulder Canyon is at the forefront of local climbing stewardship. The myriad and mixed land owners have prevented previous erosion control work of any magnitude. But in 2016 FRCS put in a month of work at Plotinus Wall, which sits on USFS land. Since much of the climbing is on USFS land, this was a ground-breaking project that opens the door to much-needed work throughout the canyon.

Since then we have done a major crag inventory and have ranked them based to popularity and need (results below).  During this process representatives of BCC walked and gathered GPS coordinates for many crag approaches in the canyon, and generated these awesome Boulder Canyon climbing maps (thanks Marty Petach and Roger Briggs for the big effort):

Boulder Canyon overview

Boulder Canyon overview with land ownership marked