Saturday, October 4, 2014

Catoctin bouldering access alert

*UPDATE 6/2016- Catoctin is officially open to bouldering again, thanks to Mid Atlantic Climbers and the Access Fund!  This post being kept up as a reminder to appreciate the access that we have, and to use our climbing areas responsibly.

For those of you who boulder in the Frederick, MD area (and if you haven't yet, you should), my good friends at Mid Atlantic Climbers need your help in spreading the word about the current access situation in Catoctin Mountain Park.  Here is their statement with details about the restrictions, but the basic message is don't boulder in Catoctin.  MAC is currently working with the Access Fund to approach the park about restoring access, and in the meantime the best thing we can do is give them the space to work.  Continuing to climb in a restricted area will only send the message that climbers don't care about the rules, making it less likely that the park will adjust those rules in our favor.

The good news is that while much of what people usually refer to as "Catoctin bouldering" is along Catoctin Mountain, it's not actually in Catoctin Mountain Park where the restrictions apply.

Yes, those boulders affected by the restriction are good, but they're only a small portion of what that ridgeline has to offer.  Point being, there's more than enough great rock out there to keep everyone busy until MAC and Access Fund are able to resolve the issue.

Speaking of which, if you're not already a Mid Atlantic Climbers and Access Fund member, now is a great time to join since you can score not only the Access Fund membership gifts (including the new NRG t-shirt), but also a MAC shirt if you join by 10/5/14.

Thanks to MAC and AF for being on top of this one!

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