Important Call To Action!!!
From our Friends at Devil’s Tower Lodge has informed us of something going on at Black Canyon that could become a threat to guiding access in ALL of our country’s National Parks.
Comments DUE Thursday, 10/27
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park wants to completely ban guided climbing, which has a 50-year history in this unique climbing venue. This proposed ban does not only impact this incredible Park in Colorado. If you care about guided climbing access at Devils Tower, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Rocky Mountain National Park, New River Gorge and other Parks, please read on.
The Black Canyon Backcountry Management Plan wants to ban guiding because “guided climbing does not support the goal for the inner canyon zone of providing a visitor experience that is challenging, self-reliant, and adventurous.” The NPS is making an uncanny argument for why guided climbing is no longer necessary in the Parks !! ALL of us Need to submit comments to the Park. We have been told that the Park has already heard from guides, and what they really need are comments from the general public and clients.
What can YOU do now?
1.Email Your friends and fellow climbers Today, urging them to submit a comment before Oct. 27th. Use Facebook, Your website, blog and any other communication vehicles to get the word out to EVERYONE.
2. See below for a sample email. It’s in ALL of our interests to take action, and raise awareness, on this important issue.
Send an email to Ken_Stahlnecker@nps.gov today using the talking points below. Our goal is to have 500 people (who are not guides) contact Ken Stahlnecker opposing the Park’s plan to ban guided climbing in the Black Canyon and urging the Park to preserve guiding climbing access in this unique venue.
Chief, Resource Stewardship and Science
National Park Service
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
I am writing to urge you to keep guided climbing
access available to the American public. Devils Tower National Monument, along
with Yosemite National Park, Red Rocks National Conservation Area, and the
Black Canyon are some of only a few climbing venues in Our Country offering big
wall climbing opportunities. There is often a scarcity of willing and adequate
climbing partners to tackle the bold and remote terrain of the Black Canyon.
Because climbing requires a team of two unless one is soloing, my options for
experiencing this unique wilderness area will be substantially reduced or
eliminated altogether if guided climbing is banned in the Inner Canyon Zone.
Having the option to climb with a professional
guide is necessary for me to be able to experience the vertical wilderness in
the Black Canyon. Partnering with a professional guide will enhance my
opportunity for an experience of adventure, challenge and self-reliance, while
providing a higher degree of Safety! I see no difference between climbing with a
professional guide and climbing with a non-guide partner who happens to be
stronger or more experienced than me. It is not uncommon for climbing partners
to be of varying levels of experience. Climbing successfully in the Black
always requires the self-reliance, commitment and personal fortitude of both
climbing partners regardless of their varying experience levels.
Thank you for the opportunity to provide my opinion
on this important matter.
I do request that You keep me informed as to the
progress of this issue, by return e-mail.