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By Animal Chin
Oct 16, 2013

"The real problem is that this whole thing is being managed by a bunch of people who otherwise spend their days pushing paper, conducting studies and being otherwise worthless"

THIS ˆˆˆ

No reason, with the exception of a few roped off areas, that ALL trails and climbing access should be open. The stooges at OSMP need to finish their "studies" "evaluations" and "paperwork" before anyone can hike or climb again...Lame.

It is an election year, but are there enough open minded candidates in Boulder? I think they are all obsessed with governmental excess, restriction, and control. I'm an architect, trust me I deal with it every day.

That is why I oppose the power situation. I'm not opposed to a Municipal power operation - seems to work well in Longmont and Fort Collins...BUT they don't have the Boulder government running things! Get ready to have your power totally micromanaged and anyone using power above some minimal amount will be paying huge rates...all so Boulder can bear the entire brunt of meeting the Kyoto protocol and satisfy a few rich egos.

sorry thread drift...hard not to because I can't go climbing anywhere that isn't closed or crowded right now!


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By Flatirons Climbing Council
Oct 18, 2013

The climber-access assessment work has begun to pay-off as OSMP has announced these re-openings of climbing terrain, effective immediately:

- Shadow Canyon Trail north to parts just north of Fern Canyon Trail. North of Fern Canyon The Goose, East Ridge, Nebel Horn and Seal Rock are open. Bear Canyon is closed.

- Dinosaur Mtn with formations habitually accessed from the Mallory Cave Trail are now open. This includes Dinosaur Rock, Der Zerkle, Red Devil, Finger, Hand Box, etc. Skunk Canyon and climbs habitually accessed from Skunk are closed.

OSMP will have a list and maps of open climbing terrain posted on their site. Here’s a list of open trails.
Here’s an overview map showing trail status.

Please allow the OSMP graphics and mapping department time to update.

Please note that Shadow Canyon cannot be accessed from the south. The dusk-to-dawn restriction remains in effect as do off-trail restrictions for areas outside of those mentioned above.

Aside from re-opening climbing terrain, many trails need repairs. Please visit OSMP’s site to learn of upcoming trail projects and pitch-in.

Thanks to the group of climber-volunteers and Rocky Mtn Rescue folks who tromped around taking notes and pictures. The data was/is critical to the re-opening process. We'll hope to have more good news next week.


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By Steve Williams
From Denver, CO
Oct 18, 2013

There sure are a bunch of whiners out there. . .

Why not just visit a different area. I've been to a number
of great places since the flooding--and have run into few people
if any.

Quit yer bitchen!


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By Animal Chin
Oct 18, 2013

If you had to deal with the city and the ever increasing red tape on a daily basis you would understand.


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By Christopher Barlow
Oct 18, 2013

Politics, complaints, guerrilla tactics, and legitimate frustrations aside, I think it's worth showing some appreciation for the FCC and the BCC for their efforts to represent climber interests in the last few weeks. I know through personal connections that several folks have put in a lot of effort, time, and patience to gain access to what is, as of this afternoon, a major portion of the Flatirons climbing resource. Thanks, guys. And, thanks to all the volunteers who have put in extra time to hike trails, document their status, and begin putting them back together.


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By Paul-B
Oct 18, 2013
Flakes of Wrath

Christopher Barlow wrote:
Politics, complaints, guerrilla tactics, and legitimate frustrations aside, I think it's worth showing some appreciation for the FCC and the BCC for their efforts to represent climber interests in the last few weeks. I know through personal connections that several folks have put in a lot of effort, time, and patience to gain access to what is, as of this afternoon, a major portion of the Flatirons climbing resource. Thanks, guys. And, thanks to all the volunteers who have put in extra time to hike trails, document their status, and begin putting them back together.


+1

Truly grateful for the hard work of all those out there working to open the trails!


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By Flatirons Climbing Council
Oct 24, 2013

Flagstaff bouldering is now open. Hike-in access only as Flagstaff Rd remains closed to the public. Flagstaff Trail, Crown Rock Trail, Gregory Canyon Trail and other Flagstaff summit trails are all open. Night and on-trail restrictions have been lifted in these areas. The road to the Gregory Canyon Trailhead parking lot was destroyed but as a trail it is open to peds.


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By Adam Knoff
From Boulder, CO
Oct 24, 2013

Can anyone shed any light on what's going on with the Second? Sort of odd that everything around it is open but it's still closed. I did notice the huge debris pile wedged against the boulder at the bottom. Are they concerned about more loose debris coming down? Equally strange that it's shown as closed online but there's no sign indicating as such on the trail. Just curious more than anything.


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By Flatirons Climbing Council
Oct 25, 2013

The Second Flatiron is open. See this map for open terrain among First, Second and Third Flatirons.

The following formations in the Gregory Canyon Ampitheatre area are now open:

Fifth Pinnacle
Fifth Pinnacle (North Ridge)
Fouth pinnacle
Gregory Flatironette (fifth pinnacle)
Second Pinnacle
South Amphitheater Pinnacle
Third Pinnacle


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By Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Oct 25, 2013
Got Milk? How about forearm pump? Tony leads "Alan Nelson's Bulging Belly" (5.10, X) on the Lost and Found Flatiron. Belayer is Mark Ruocco. Photo by Bill Wright, 10/06.

Thanks FCC - now we have to get them to open the Royal Arch trail through as far as they can. We can line up hundreds of Vol's over a week if that's what they want.


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By Flatirons Climbing Council
Nov 5, 2013

The closure list has grown pretty small. Remaining closures and status:

Skunk Canyon – although the Skunk Canyon Trail is slated for re-opening by 12/31 it is the Mesa Trail, slated for 2014, that provides access to the mouth of the canyon and climbing. The gully-crossing is blown and a few switchbacks up the northern hillside were swept by a sluff. Skunk has a Feb 1 raptor closure.

Royal Arch Trail (formations include S Face – Third Flatiron, Ironing Boards, Fourth and Fifth Flatiron, Royal Arch, etc.). The Bluebell blow-out at Royal Arch Tr (slated for 2014) will require some time before re-opening. The wheels are in motion as we work with OSMP on this significant project. The Third F’iron and Ironing Boards have a Feb 1 raptor closure.

The Matron – The access trail, South Shadow Canyon Trail, was damaged and is slated to be re-opened by 12/31.

Eldo crags along Eldorado Canyon Trail(formations include Physical, Veil, SoBo and Diamond Head) – All should be open this week.

Recent openings include:

Boulder Canyon - The Dome and Elephant Buttresses are open. The Standard Route (5.7) on the Third Elephant Buttress is closed due to a large, loose flake that threatens the water pipe.

Mickey Mouse Wall – open. Please note: Eldorado Canyon State Park discourages hiking the Fowler Trail near the eastern Park boundary due to flood damage. Please don’t use this trail to approach M Mouse.

The Sacred Cliffs are open.


Night restrictions apply. Off-trail restrictions do not apply in climbing areas but do elsewhere. Additional flood-related information may be found at OSMP's website .

In addition to our focus on climbing terrain we’re also working with OSMP on trail restoration plans/projects. There are three critical north/south links in the Mesa Trail that remain closed and have the unfortunate effect of nearly isolating adjacent areas without a major detour. The Mesa Tr is blown-out at three gully crossings: Bluebell, Skunk and Bear Canyons. OSMP’s Long Range Plan indicates 2014 re-opening for each. We intend to help expedite re-openings via planning and volunteer projects. We'll keep everyone posted as we work on all these issues and more.


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