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

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



Climbers hang ‘Save Oak Flat’ banner at Atlantis

Climbers hung a “Save Oak Flat” banner three quarters of the way up a 300-foot tower at the Atlantis climbing area to protest the Resolution Copper project.

Resolution Copper intends to mine the area’s copper ore using a method called block-cave mining, which will result in a two-mile-wide, 1,000-foot-deep crater, destroying land that is sacred to the San Carlos Apache, provides vital water and unique habitat to Arizona wildlife, and is home to hundreds of bouldering problems and sport routes.

The land exchange was passed when Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake tagged it on to a national defense bill in 2015 after failing multiple times to get the exchange passed on its own.

Climbers called on to ‘Trim Beardsley’

The City of Phoenix and REI, with support from The Access Fund, will be hosting a cleanup of the Beadrsley Boulder Pile on Saturday, May 20. Volunteers will clean up the area between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Coffee, breakfast, cold refreshments, and all of the necessary cleaning tools/supplies will be provided. The cleanup will be followed by a raffle and a climbing session between 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Parking will be located across the street from the area at the Reach 11 Sports Complex, and transport to and from the parking area will be provided (carpooling is highly advised). Volunteers are strongly urged to be at the parking area no later than 6:45 a.m.

Beardsley Boulder Pile has historically been plagued by broken glass and graffiti, so organizers will be working with the City of Phoenix on ways to protect and maintain the area, such as officially designating the area a park or preserve and conducting annual cleanups.

Event registration can be found online through REI at Directions to the Reach 11 Sports Complex can be found at×400&sensor=false.

AMC holds stewardship project at Hog Heaven in McDowells

The Arizona Mountaineering Club (AMC) will be cleaning up the climber access route up to, in and around Hog Heaven in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Volunteers will meet at the Tom’s Thumb trail head on Saturday, April 15 at 7:00 a.m.

Participants should expect a 45 minute hike to the Hog Heaven area and three hours of physical labor. Bring loppers for cutting brush, work gloves, water, and snack. Wear weather- and work-appropriate clothing.

To get to the trailhead, drive to Scottsdale and the 101/Pima intersection. Head north on Pima to Happy Valley Road. Drive east on Happy Valley through Troon. As Happy Valley turns north and becomes 118th Street, look for Ranch Gate Road and continue east/right. Turn south/right on 128th Street to the trail head.

For more information, contact Erik Filsinger via Facebook.