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By Clifton Santiago
Dec 29, 2013

I posted an access issue earlier this month, and wanted to keep the Front Range up to date on developments:

I met with the land manager just before Christmas, and it seems policy has been reviewed. There is no longer an issue with the trail being worn into the South approach to my favorite crack. Nor is there any more concern about development to the North, specifically the Two Towers region.

Anyone familiar with that area will tell you these peaks are relatively blank, yet the land manager has a history of insisting climbing activities on her land be equally spread between the peaks district and the crag.

At an evening meeting at which I provided refreshment, I explained to her that I was a special kind of climber, a crack specialist, and hers was a special crack I really appreciated. I also expressed to her my concern that granting future access to more climbers, even though it might mean more, if minor, development to the North peaks, the crag would become overrun, and the crack greasy and blown-out from over use.

She agreed with this assessment, and expressed a renewed willingness to work with me one-on-one on land development. We agreed to go forward, with the understanding that I would have full access to the entire property.

This is essentially the same agreement we had before access was threatened, so I'm wondering, are access issues different in winter? Or is it dependent on the land manager?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.


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