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Climbers Kai Lighnter, Alex Honnold, Libby Sauter, Sasha DiGiulian e Tommy Caldwell the Senate lobbying to protect America's National Monuments
Photo by American Access Fund
Sasha DiGiulian and Tommy Caldwell at the Senate lobbying to protect America's National Monuments
Photo by Sasha DiGiulian
Sasha DiGiulian at the Senate lobbying to protect America's National Monuments
Photo by Sasha DiGiulian
Climbers at the Senate lobbying to protect America's National Monuments
Photo by American Access Fund

Sasha DiGiulian, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell: three climbers at American Senate

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In order to protect America’s National Monuments, yesterday the climbers Sasha DiGiulian, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell traveled to Capitol Hill in Washington together with Libby Sauter and Kai Lightner where they voiced their concerns with the American Senate.

With the inauguration of Donald Trump on 20 January, the American outdoor community is in turmoil. In April the new American president issued an executive order to examine the Antiquities Act and national monuments designated since 1996. According to the American Alpine Club this review could threaten access to millions of acres of public land (which include the big National Parks) which are currently protected. In the list of 27 monuments under review there’s also the famous Bears Ears National Monument - the first monument that specifically acknowledges rock climbing as an appropriate and valued recreation activity - created by Barak Obama at the end of his mandate and which should have permanently protected Indian Creek, Lockhart Basin, Arch Canyon, Texas Canyon, and many other sandstone climbing areas.

The American Alpine Club, the Access Fund and various other organisations immediately rallied to protect these public lands. Yesterday, Thursday 11 May 2017, the climbers Sasha DiGiulian, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell were listened to by the American Senate while they explained the importance of these lands, not only for climbing purposes but for everyone. The three lobbied at Capitol Hill in Washington DC with other climbers including Libby Sauter and Kai Lightner. DiGiulian explained: "We’ve been in meetings talking about the economic infrastructure that climbing brings to areas, new job opportunities, the reason that we need to protect public lands, meeting with a lot of powerful people, which is intimidating, but also exciting."


The National Monuments being initially reviewed
Basin and Range Nevada
Bears Ears Utah
Berryessa Snow Mountain California
Canyons of the Ancients Colorado
Carrizo Plain California
Cascade Siskiyou Oregon
Craters of the Moon Idaho
Giant Sequoia California
Gold Butte Nevada
Grand Canyon-Parashant Arizona
Grand Staircase-Escalante Utah
Hanford Reach Washington
Ironwood Forest Arizona
Mojave Trails California
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks New Mexico
Rio Grande del Norte New Mexico
Sand to Snow California
San Gabriel Mountains California
Sonoran Desert Arizona
Upper Missouri River Breaks Montana
Vermilion Cliffs Arizona

To find out more and take action visit accessfund.org, climbthehill.org, americanalpineclub.org

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President Obama declares Bears Ears National Monument, Indian Creek and Utah climbing protected
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President Obama declares Bears Ears National Monument, Indian Creek and Utah climbing protected
On 28 December 2016 the President of the United States Barack Obama established the Bears Ears National Monument. This proclamation permanently protects a region which includes Indian Creek, Lockhart Basin, Arch Canyon, Texas Canyon, and many other sandstone climbing areas and is the first bill that specifically acknowledges rock climbing as an appropriate and valued recreation activity.

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