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February 2014 Newsletter

CAC Looks Ahead to 2014

2013 Achievements

2013 was a great year for the Coalition of American Canyoneers (CAC) and we appreciate all the dedicated canyoneers who contributed to our efforts. A few of the highlights:

• In April a team of nine canyoneers, along with Forest Service land management representatives, worked to maintain Yankee Doodle, a high-traffic canyon that is extremely popular with beginners. The crew, led by CAC member Michael Schasch, improved trails and helped close off paths through sensitive areas, in addition to cleaning up the canyon.
• The CAC held back-to-back fundraising events in Flagstaff and Tempe for the Coconino County Search and Rescue units. Working in conjunction with the Arizona Hiking Shack, Imlay Canyon Gear, Babbits, Petzl and Trimble Outdoors, we raised over $5000 for training and equipment for the SAR teams. Coconino County has hundreds of slot canyons, including many of the best technical routes in the world. FIX and Dan Ransom generously donated their incredible films, Down the Line and Last of the Great Unknown, and canyoneering pioneer Joe DeSalme shared his experience making the first descent through Insomnia Canyon. (more…)

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New NPS Policy Authorizes Fixed Anchors in Wilderness

bolts for canyoneeringDirector’s Order #41: Wilderness Stewardship
7.2 Climbing
For the purpose of this Order, climbing is defined to include rock climbing, snow and ice climbing, mountaineering, canyoneering, and caving, where climbing equipment, such as ropes and fixed or removable anchors, is generally used to support an ascent or descent. The NPS recognizes that climbing is a legitimate and appropriate use of wilderness. (more…)

By |12:44 pm|Access, Conservation, Education, General News, Safety|