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June Newsletter

canoneering in arches np

Call to Action for All
American Canyoneer Members:

Arches National Park:
There are important changes to canyoneering management in Arches National Park that could affect your access.

The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting comments to their Climbing and Canyoneering Management Plan for Arches through July 9, 2013. American Canyoneers has carefully examined the NPS documents, reviewed the impacts of the plan and has formulated the following draft response: American Canyoneers Position Statement. We ask that you consider the position outlined and provide comments to American Canyoneers for incorporation into the final position statement by Sunday, June 30th. American Canyoneers will provide comments to the NPS on behalf of our members. It is also extremely important that American Canyoneers’ members, and the broader canyoneering community, comment individually.

Numbers matter!
Please support the American Canyoneers’ position and/or voice your own comments with the NPS here: NPS Document: Arches Climbing and Canyoneering Management Plan (more…)

By |9:52 pm|General News|

May Newsletter

sierra canyoneering
In this newsletter, four topics will be addressed:
• The Grand Canyon
• Fundraising
• Canyoneering rules and regulations
• Elections

By |9:51 pm|General News|

Grand Canyon – Backcountry Management Plan – Joint Comments

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River Assisted Backcountry Travel Joint Comments

Dear Superintendent Dave Uberuaga and Wilderness Coordinator Linda Jalbert,

Since November 2012, Rich Rudow, board member at American Canyoneers and Dave Mortenson, board member at Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association, have been jointly working through the issues concerning RABT (River Assisted Backcountry Travel), for the upcoming Backcountry Management Plan. RABT is the much preferred term to packrafting because we feel it better implies our mutual position and philosophy in regard to backpackers relying in part on river travel.

• Read the letter:
  Backcountry Management Plan – River Assisted Backcountry Travel Joint Comments

By |9:04 pm|General News|

April Newsletter

glen canyonOn March 22-23, 2013, the Board of Directors held the first American Canyoneers board retreat graciously hosted by Mike and Gary at the “Saddle” in Boulder, UT. Every board member was in attendance. Over a two- day period, we meet for a total of 9 hours. Meeting notes are posted on American Canyoneers web site for those of you interested in the general discussion.

Highlights: (click on Read More below) (more…)

By |8:37 pm|General News|

Board of Directors Retreat • March 22-23, 2013

bodMarch 22

The meeting was opened by a message from Board President, Wolf Schuster welcoming everyone to the meeting and thanking all of the participants for scheduling time to attend.


The first question raised was, “Why join this group?”

• One of the main benefits discussed was the fact that an organized group is better able to access/have conversation with public and private land managers.

• An organization is better able to support/contest an issue than an individual.

• An organization can cultivate an active an ongoing collaboration with a land manager or agency that can outlive a personal handshake relationship between individuals. (more…)

By |11:41 am|General News|

January News


photo: Steve Ramras

Welcome to the start of 2013.
The Board of Directors has been busy so far this year dealing with Access.

We divided the country into 21 canyoneering areas and have filled several of the liaison positions. Rich Rudow has posted a Grand Canyon page, which will serve as the template for the other areas. The only addition to the template will address rescue information and the location of medical facilities in the surrounding areas. (more…)

By |6:17 pm|Access, General News|

December News

American Canyoneers

Photo: Kathy Sharp

November was a busy month for American Canyoneers with work being updated in the areas of Access, Conservation, Safety, and Promotion.

Twenty-nine new members and American Canyoneers is now on Facebook.

• Read the December Newsletter (more…)

By |7:06 pm|Access, Conservation, General News, Safety|

ATS – American Canyoneers Membership Drive

Please download a copy of the ATS flyer. ATS – American Canyoneers Membership Drive 2012

American Canyoneers Member Drive 2012

By |8:35 am|General News, Membership|

Grand Canyon Readdresses Position on Deer Creek Access

After speaking with Superintendent Oberuaga last week via teleconference, Rich Rudow received this letter clarifying the Park Service position on Deer Creek access.

Position Letter from Superintendent Uberuaga (click to download)

I think this is a very complicated issue that should probably be dealt with sooner rather then later. By complicated, I mean there are legal aspects to this discussion reaching far beyond the awareness of your typical canyoneer. The NPS is using available laws to their advantage. We, the outdoor community, also need to use these same laws to our benefit. The key in my opinion is to beat them at their own game. We need experts to get involved and help the cause, be it Outdoor Alliance or another organization that will help. There are far-reaching implications to what the NPS is doing, and we will live with the results for many years. Now is the time to get key players involved.

By |4:04 pm|Uncategorized|