Tickets go on sale for AZWCC’s launch party

Tickets are now on sale for the Arizona Women Climbing Coalition’s (AZWCC’s) launch party, taking place at Focus Climbing Center on Saturday, August 25. The event will feature a showing of the No Man’s Land film festival, a series of short adventure films where radical women un-define feminine, and is open to anyone who identifies as a woman or as gender-nonconforming. Guests will enjoy raffles, free popcorn, a BYOB beer swap, and more. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m..

Early ticket purchasers will receive a discount. Pricing is as follows:

8/1-8/8: $7 per ticket
8/9-8/15: $10 per ticket
8/16-8/24: $12 per ticket
Day of: $15 per ticket

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit azwcc.org/no-mans-land-film-festival/.

 

Arizona fire closures affect summer climbing access

Due to current increased fire danger, local land managers have instituted general closures of high risk areas, including some popular climbing areas.

Closed areas in Coconino National Forest include:

  • San Francisco Peaks
  • Mt. Elden
  • Kelly Canyon
  • Pumphouse Wash
  • The Pit
  • Bouldering above Lower Lake Mary

Closed areas in Kaibab National Forest include:

  • Bill Williams Mountain

Closed areas in Navajo and Apache counties include:

  • All state owned and managed lands, including Winslow Wall

Areas that remain open under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions:

  • Sedona
  • Oak Creek Canyon (except Pumphouse Wash)
  • The Overlook
  • Paradise Forks
  • Volunteer Canyon
  • Areas off of Woody Mountain Road
  • Priest Draw
  • Buffalo Park

Find more information at dffm.az.gov/fire-restrictions.

Flash Foxy announces dates for women’s climbing festival in Chattanooga, TN

Flash Foxy has announced it will hold its second annual Chattanooga women’s climbing festival October 12-14. Tickets go on sale July 1. Pricing and other details have not yet been announced.

Tickets are highly sought-after and sell out quickly. To prevent ticket scalping, Flash Foxy only allows the purchase of one ticket per person. If you plan on attending the Chattanooga festival, plan to purchase your ticket the minute they go on sale.

Arizona implements fire restrictions for wildfire season

To help prevent wildfires, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management has placed Stage II Fire Restrictions across Southern Arizona. As of Friday, May 4, Coconino County, home to popular climbing area Priest Draw, will move from Stage I Fire Restrictions to Stage II Fire Restrictions. In the past, failure to comply with Fire Restrictions has resulted in temporary closures of recreational areas.

According the the Coconino National Forest website, Stage II Fire Restrictions prohibits:

  • Fires, campfires, charcoal, coal, and wood stoves (except using a device that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device)
  • Smoking (except within an enclosed vehicle or building)
  • Using an explosives
  • Possessing, discharging, or using any type of firework by pyrotechnic device. Fireworks are always prohibited.
  • Operating a chainsaw or any other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine from the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator).
  • Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order (this does not include motor vehicles. This is aimed at things such as landscaping tools).
  • Discharging firearms, air rifles, or gas guns (except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal or tribal laws and regulations).
  • Possessing or using a motor vehicle off National Forest System roads. Vehicles must follow Travel Management Rule regulations and cannot drive/park over any vegetation at any time.

Find more information about Stage I and Stage II Fire Restrictions here.

Find news on where Fire Restrictions are being implemented here.

Climbers hold second annual Trim Beardsley cleanup

Climbers and other volunteers will clean up the Beardsley Boulder Pile at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the second annual Trim Beardsley event. The cleanup will be followed by a raffle and a group climb.

The local hiking and climbing area has been historically plagued by litter and graffiti  – an issue local climbers sought to remedy at last year’s inaugural Trim Beardsley event last year in May. Seventy-five volunteers removed a significant amount of trash, though there is still much to be done for the area, including much-needed graffiti removal which will be provided by Natural Restorations this year.

The event will be held in cooperation with The City of Phoenix and REI, and with support from the Access Fund, Crafted, Natural Restorations, North Valley Baptist Church, Merrell & Backpacker Magazine, The Arizona Mountaineering Club, The American Alpine Club, Evolv, Petzl, and La Sportiva.

Volunteers can register for the event via REI’s website at https://www.rei.com/event/trim-the-beardsley-boulder-pile/196494.

Apache Stronghold holds 4th Annual March to Save Oak Flat

Apache Stronghold has sponsored and organized the 4th Annual March to Save Oak Flat, taking place from Thursday, February 15 through Sunday, February 18. The march will start on the San Carlos Apache Reservation and end at Oak Flat.

The march’s activities are as follows:

Thursday, February 15: Beginning in the Peridot, Ariz. Bashas, follow direction signs. At 4 p.m., blessings at Old San Carlos Memorial will take place, followed by the start of the Sacred Run and March, ending for the evening at the San Carlos Tribal Admin Building.

Friday, February 16: At 8 a.m., meet at the San Carlos Tribal Admin Building to continue the Sacred Run and March. The evening’s endpoint will be near the Globe, Ariz. Dollar Tree, with possible camping available on site.

Saturday, February 17: At 8 a.m., meet at Dollar Tree for the morning prayer, then continue the Sacred Run and March, arriving in Oak Flat at 12 p.m.. Lunch and other activities will follow. Camping is available.

Sunday, February 18: A gathering and breakfast will be held at Oak Flat. Blessings will continue, closing with a Holy Ground Ceremony.

The march is a demonstration against a land trade made by Congress, which exchanged land sacred to the San Carlos Apache to foreign mining company Rio Tinto and its subsidiary Resolution Copper. The proposed mine will leave a mile-wide, 1,000-foot-deep crater in place of the riparian area, which is home to indigenous artifacts, desert wildlife, and recreational activities such as hiking, birding, and rock climbing. The area lies within the Tonto National Forest and is in close proximity to Apache Leap.

For more information, visit the Apache Stronghold Facebook page , call (928) 200-7762, or email creede88@gmail.com.

 

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