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Boulder Climbing Community

The BCC appeals to people who care about taking care of our heavily-used rock climbing areas along the Front Range of Colorado. We address trash and human waste problems, severe erosion on climbing approach trails, protection of Golden Eagle habitats, and fixed hardware safety.

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Trails

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Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General population
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The BCC employs a full-time, seasonal trail crew (the FRCS) that builds sustainable access trails to popular climbing areas.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The FRCS program is in its 5th season and we have compiled an impressive portfolio of work in the Boulder and Jefferson County areas, with successful projects in Clear Creek Canyon, Boulder Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, Eldorado Canyon State Part and the Flatirons. We also work for several weeks each year at Indian Creek in Utah, a very popular destination for Front Range climbers. Our work is so appreciated by local government land managers that we receive about $150,000 per year from them. This covers about 75% of the cost of the program each year.

Bolts

Class

Public Safety, Disaster Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

We support the replacement of aging bolts at popular climbing areas with modern-spec hardware (half-inch, all stainless steel).

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Evidence of Program's Success

We replace at least 100 bolts each year.

Human Waste Management

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Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General population
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

We distribute (for free) Restop2 Human waste bags from 11 dispenser boxes located near popular climbing areas. We also fund a port-o-john in Upper Dream Canyon, a heavily used climbing and free camping area with no human waste facilities. We will be funding more port-o-johns in the future.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We distribute about 1,200 free Restop2 bags each year to climbers. We promote the message that everyone should carry one of these bags in their pack whenever they go out climbing - never do it on the ground! Our port-o-john is heaviiy used and is emptied once a week. We are diverting a large amount of human waste away from the watersheds and the environment.

Raptor Protection

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Environment 

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Animals

Description

We partner with the U.S. Forest Service Boulder Ranger District to protect Golden Eagles in Boulder Canyon. During active nesting season (January 31 - July 31) we monitor the active nest weekly, and document the progress of the young chick, and we help educate climbers about the importance of closing of climbing areas during nesting season to protect the Eagles.

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Evidence of Program's Success

During our 6 year partnership with the USFS the Eagles in Boulder Canyon have averaged one new chick each year. We have also raised the awareness of climbers about the importance of sharing our climbing areas with the Eagles, and respecting the closures during nesting season.

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