On October 9 in San Francisco, Planet Granite has pledged to match up to $20,000 of raised funds for the American Safe Climbing Association! The same week, there will be a large online outdoor gear auctions! Learn More and check out the Facebook Event Page
Rock Rendezvous, a climbing club in the San Francisco Bay Area, donated $500 to the ASCA to help out with bolt replacement. A huge thanks to the members of Rock Rendezvous! www.rock-rendezvous.org/
Between April 15th and 30th, Planet
Granite has pledged to match up to $10,000 of funds raised
for the American Safe Climbing Association – this means your
$1 will become $2! The ASCA is responsible for much of the rebolting
projects that have occurred in the West and have even contributed
as far east as Thailand! Largely volunteer-run organization, the
ASCA depends entirely on donations to purchase bolts. Read
more or RSVP
to the event
A big thanks to Petzl for their donation of 200 hangers! Petzl has strongly supported the ASCA for many years, and this donation comes at a perfect time. Fifty of the hangers will immediately be shipped out for bolt replacement in Joshua Tree National Park, and the remaining will go to replacement as needed. Thanks again to Petzl and Dave Haavik! www.petzl.com
Once again Mountain Gear has come through with a big donation in support of bolt replacement at Red Rocks! Mountain Gear's donation of $1,500 is already helping replace bolts at ultra-popular crags like The Black Corridor. Plan ahead for next year's Red Rock Rendezvous - March 18-20th, 2011!
The Southern California Mountaineers Association donated $400
to the ASCA. Learn more about the SCMA and their many climbing
excursions at their website, www.rockclimbing.org
Bluewater ropes continues their long-time support of bolt replacement
in the US with the donation of two spools - over 1200 feet! - of
11mm static rope! Bluewater static ropes are in use by rebolters
from Yosemite to Smith to Moab, and these new ropes are already
headed for rebolting projects in Utah and Yosemite! www.bluewaterropes.com
Petzl continues their longtime support of the ASCA with the donation
of two Calidris
big wall harnesses and two Rocpec
Thanks again to Petzl for all their support for keeping bolts and
anchors safe! www.petzl.com
MountainProject donated $3,000 to the ASCA! This major donation
will fund the replacement of a whole lot of bolts all over the
country. A big thanks to the Mountain Project crew! www.mountainproject.com
Even though the ASCA didn't make it down to the RRR '09 (first time we missed it), Mountain Gear continued its strong support of bolt replacement in Red Rocks by a big donation from the auction proceeds - $1,292.42! The next Red Rock Rendezvous is March 19-21, 2010 - plan ahead!
Planet Granite climbing gyms have created a great Climb-a-thon for raising money for the ASCA, and they will MATCH up to $10,000 in donations! There will be two dates - June 27th at Planet Granite in San Francisco, and July 18th at Planet Granite in Sunnyvale. BBQ, beer, prizes, etc! For more info, click here.
A big thanks to Planet Granite for making this happen! www.planetgranite.com
Sales of a new 2009 Smith Rocks guidebook supplement by Rod Jacobson
are raising lots of money for ASCA-supported bolt replacement at
Smith Rocks. The supplement is sold locally near Bend, and has
already produced $500 for replacement hardware for Smith! For more
here to see the PDF.
Petzl donated 200 hangers to the ASCA for bolt replacement. A
big thanks to Dave Haavik and Petzl for helping make our crags
Salt Lake Climbers Alliance donated
$1,125 to the ASCA. This very large contribution will help the
ASCA with bolt replacement in Utah, including Little Cottonwood
Canyon. A huge thanks to the SLCA folks, and to Salt Lake local
Mike White, who has put immense amounts of work into replacing
bolts in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Zion, the Moab area, and Red
Mountaineering Supply donated 100 bolt hangers to the ASCA, and
they will go to bolt replacement in the Mammoth area. Thanks to
MMS and Dave Talsky! www.mammothgear.com
$40 towards bolt replacement in Red Rocks, and get a copy of the
reprinted original Red Rocks guidebook, The Red Rocks of Southern Nevada, by
Joanne Urioste (1984). A pocket-size guidebook with outstanding written
descriptions and photographs, this is a great guide to many classics and
plenty of obscure routes deep in the canyons. Detailed pitch-by-pitch beta
for most routes, and of course since Joanne and her husband George
established a huge number of the classic routes, the beta is excellent!
The ASCA has replaced over 600 bolts in Red Rocks, more than 3/4 of which were
on Urioste routes. Still, plenty of old bolts remain, and your
donation will go towards bolt replacement in Red Rocks!
If donating by check, write "Red Rocks offer" in the memo line; if donating by
Paypal (link at top of this page), also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metolius donated 90 bolt hangers
to the ASCA, continuing their long support of ASCA bolt replacement.
Thanks Metolius! www.metoliusclimbing.com
Black Diamond donated 35 #3 Lost Arrow pitons, a retail value
of over $550! The ASCA mills out #3 Lost Arrow pitons to make tuning forks,
which are the essential tool in cleanly removing old 1/4" bolts so that the
original holes can be reused. The ASCA has replaced over 6300 bolts to date,
most of which were 1/4" bolts pulled with the help of tuning forks that were
donated by Black Diamond! www.bdel.com
Braxton Norwood of Renob Climbing donated
a box of 50 Hilti 316 stainless steel Kwik-bolts to the ASCA, a
retail value of $209. http://renobclimbing.com
Tom K. Michael, DDS, PS again donated $250 to the ASCA. Please
visit his site at www.michaeldental.com
Once again, Petzl has donated gear to the ASCA, this time another
100 of their Coeur hangers. Thanks to Dave Haavik and Petzl for
their longterm support!
Bluewater donated more static ropes to the ASCA, in addition to
their recent donation of static ropes, webbing, and cord. A big
thanks to the cool folks at Bluewater! www.bluewaterropes.com
BlueWater continued their long support of the ASCA with the donation of 4
ropes (including a top-of-the-line 9.4 x 70m Dominator!), two spools of
webbing, and a spool of accessory cord. Thanks again to the great folks at
Tom K. Michael, DDS, PS donated $250 to the ASCA. Please visit his site at www.michaeldental.com
Black Diamond donated an additional 10 #3 Lost Arrow pitons, which the ASCA mills into tuning forks for ¼” bolt removal. Thanks to BD for their continued support! www.bdel.com
Two sturdy lead lines were donated by JustRopes.com for ASCA anchor
replacement work. Thanks to James Cullem and JustRopes.com for
their continued support!
Petzl continues its support of the ASCA with the donation of two
harnesses. Thanks again to Dave Haavik and the Petzl team!
BlueWater has once again supported the rebolting work of ASCA
this time with the donation of an entire spool of static rope!
static line will be used for tons of replacement work. Thanks again
Petzl continues its support of the ASCA with the donation of 100
hangers and a Petzl Calidris harness. A big thanks to the great
The Mountain Gear-hosted Red Rock Rendezvous drew huge crowds
fast-growing climber party, with clinics given by a who's-who list
climbers. Timmy O'Neill ran another hilarious show and auction,
climbers stopped by the ASCA booth and donated, and a good time
was had by
all! Special thanks to Mountain Gear, to Bluewater for donating
their raffle proceeds, to Omega Pacific for donating the sale of
a couple of
their Link Cams, and to all the climbers who came from around the
the sunny cliffs of Red Rocks!
The longtime support of Touchstone
Climbing gyms (Mission Cliffs,
Class 5, Pipeworks, Touchstone Concord, Touchstone San Jose) has
instrumental to the ASCA, from hosting major fundraisers to donations
and direct donations. Once again Touchstone has given major support
ASCA, with a direct donation of $1,000. Thanks!!!
The Southern Sierra Climbers Association (SSCA) donated $500 to the ASCA, continuing their support for bolt replacement. The southern Sierra is chock full of some of the best granite climbing on the planet, with more major formations than climbers. Unfortunately, it's also chock full of old bad bolts! The SSCA and its members have been replacing bad bolts for years, with help from the ASCA in recent years. We look forward to continuing needed anchor maintenance in the Needles and all throughout the rest of the southern Sierra.
New pack manufacturer Cilogear donated two of its 60L Workpacks to the ASCA. These lightweight packs are highly versatile with many possible configurations, and are easily converted from huge to small and back again, perfect for ASCA rebolting where huge loads (multiple ropes and lots of gear) must be carried one-way, then small loads the other. See more at the Cilogear website.
Sign up now for the 2006 Red Rock Rendezvous, March 24-26. Clinics with famous climbers, fun in the sun, beautiful scenery and great rock - register now so you can get your first-choice clinics! Lots of info and the registration beta here.
JustRopes.com continued their support of the ASCA with the donation
tough 60m ropes, an Edelrid 10.3mm Sky Pilot and a Maxim 10.5mm G60.
The Southern California Mountaineers Association donated $500
to the ASCA to
assist in bolt replacement. The SCMA is one of the oldest climbing
the nation, having evolved from the rock climbing section of the
Club. The ASCA has assisted with replacement work at areas such
Tahquitz/Suicide, Joshua Tree, the Needles and other southern Sierra
popular with the SCMA for outings. To find out more about the SCMA,
visit the SSMA website.
Petzl Petzl donated two Rocpec hand drills and a Calidris harness to ASCA
rebolting efforts. The harness and the lightweight Rocpec hand drills will
see tons of replacement action in Wilderness from California to Utah to
Metolius donated 75 hangers and a haulbag towards ASCA bolt replacement
work. Metolius has been a strong supporter of anchor maintenance for years,
and not only donates to the ASCA, but directly to local replacement projects
in such areas as City of Rocks. Please support them!
The Southern Sierra Climbers Association (SSCA) donated $500 to the ASCA,
continuing the strong alliance between the two organizations. The Southern
Sierra is known for its bold, runout face routes and testpiece cracks, and
there's nowhere you'd rather have a good bolt than after a long runout! In
the past several years, the ASCA has supported SSCA bolt replacement in many
areas including Tollhouse Rock, Courtright Reservoir, the Needles, Dome
Rock, Kern River Canyon, Great Falls Basin, and others.
Drew Klos of CDW coordinated a big donation of computer
hardware & software to the ASCA. The donation includes a new desktop
computer from Acer, a new external LaCie hard drive, and software from
Microsoft, McAfee, and Scansoft. Thanks to Drew, and also Pat Barrett of
Acer for arranging the computer donation!
Over 100 people packed Mammoth Mountaineering Supply for a great
double-feature slideshow from Hans Florine. Dave Talsky and MMS
threw a fun party with beer & barbeque. For the raffle, Hans
threw in some Nike prototype shoes & a pack, and MMS threw in
some killer raffle prizes like a Mammut Revelation rope, a Gigapower
stove, and a titanium pot set. Yates also donated a pile of Screamers,
shorty Screamers, and Zippers - all load-limiting devices originally
designed in 1985 for use on old 1/4" bolts! Nearly $500 was
raised for the ASCA, which will support bolt and anchor replacement
in many crags near Mammoth including Clark Canyon, Pine Creek, and
Tuolumne! Please support Hans & his fundraising efforts by scheduling
New climbing startup JustRopes.com has donated a Maxim dynamic and Esprit static
line to the ASCA for bolt replacement work! Two more ropes are on the way later
in the year. Check out this new distributor of climbing ropes HERE
Tommy Caldwell and Beth Rodden recently visited Tahoe with
a multi-media event that was well-prepared -- and covered everything
including: them meeting; climbing; first dates in portaledge;
Kyrgistan; and Tommy's (lack of) a finger. The show was followed
by a question/answer session where Todd Offenbacher had questions
was it -- taking a steamy shit in front of each other during
those first dates in a portaledge"? And: "If i can
arrange a death-match on El Cap Tower with you and Beth
against Alex and Thomas Huber -- will you attend"? The
timing of the events fell on the longest days of the year, and as a result were
under-attended but well-received. Tommy and Beth are two of the most down-to-earth
and fun people I have met in a long time. It was a pleasure
to spend time with them both.
The event raised almost $300
for the ASCA.
- Todd Offenbacher
Hans is holding an on-line auction of a jacket and prototype sticky rubber
approach shoes that will never be available anywhere else; you have until
to see the auction.
Omega Pacific continues their support of the ASCA through the donation of
two hammers (plus funkness cables), 10 big Jake lockers, and 40 of their new
wire-gate Five-O carabiners. A big thanks to Omega Pacific for their ongoing
support of ASCA bolt replacement activities!
Petzl continues their strong support of the ASCA with the donation
Rocpec hand drill, a Calidris harness, and a Gri-gri. These are
essential for ASCA bolt replacement activities, and will be used
rebolters for years to come. Thank you, David Haavik and Petzl!
8th, at the University of Washington, another of Hans Florine's
popular speed climbing slide shows raised $160 for the ASCA. Hans,
cooperation with the American Alpine Club's Cascade Section and
Club at the University of Washington, donated half the proceeds
to the ASCA
and half to the Access Fund.
For information on the Cascade Section
AAC, click here.
on slide shows from Hans, click here.
BlueWater continued their longtime support
of the ASCA with the major
donation of six 10.5mm lead ropes: two 70m ropes, three 60m ropes,
and a 55m rope. ASCA rebolters chew through ropes, and this donation
is a huge help in bolt replacement efforts!
Yates donated a custom-made Astroman harness
with hammer holster for ASCA rebolting. Yates has been a strong
supporter of the ASCA, and Yates
Screamers (and the new Zippers) were designed to lessen the chance
of 1/4" bolts blowing in a fall (designed in 1985, yet many
of those scary bolts are
still here - and even more rusted - in 2004!)
Red Rock Rendezvous went off! The event featured friendly folks,
bright skies, summer temps, beautiful venue, live music, great food,
free beer, vendor booths with all the latest gear, climbing clinics
& slide shows with the pros, lots of free gear give-aways and
rockin live and silent auctions. Organizer Paul Fish, owner of Mountain
Gear, has vowed to make this an annual event so mark your calendar
now. The party started Friday night with everyone gathering on the
event's lush lawn for beer-tasting and a slideshow by Mark Synott.
Saturday was all sunscreen and beautiful climbing by day, great
food, fun dyno comp, stellar Peter Croft slide show, live/silent
auctions, live music, and more beer tasting by nght. The perfect
panacea for the winter rockclimbing jones.
This event raised some serious cash and awareness for both the
ASCA and Access Fund.
Thanks to all the sponsors:
Mountian Gear, 5.10, La Sporiva, Metolius, Petzl, Asana, Black Diamond,
Blue Water, Mammut, Montrail, Mad Rock, The North Face, Fat Tire,
Phoenix Boulder Blast, Baja Fresh, New Belgium Brewery, Rock &
Ice and KPS
Ousley is possibly the wittiest man alive. An avid climber with
over twenty years experience, Mike recently honeymooned on Yosemite's
El Capitan by spending 17 days climbing the Muir Wall--with his
wife! His hilarious write-up of that adventure, "Honey--pass
the &#$*-bag" can make any lover cry. Mike stepped forward
in the formative years of the ASCA as Master Designer and has been
a regular contributor--both as a rebolter and as operational support
ever since. Mike's favorite cimbing areas are Yosemite Valley, Tuolomne,
Tahquitz, Ca; Granite Mountain, Paradise Fork, Pinnacle Peak, Az;
Cathedral Ledge, NH; Gunks, NY. He owns Ousley Creative (ousleycreative.com)
and is currently thinking up his next adventure--to celebrate he
and his wife's two year anniversary! Mike recently designed a new
ASCA logo. Check out Mike's work on our new t-shirts and stickers.
We asked Mike,
Q. "Why did you become involved with the
A. "I wanted to give back to climbing a token
of the fulfillment it's given to
me. A lot of effort went into establishing our classic climbs; I
should demonstrate goodwill by selflessly maintaining those routes
historic markers and adventure challenges. I'm not able to get on
and work on routes as much as I'd like, so I donate what resources
[graphic design/marketing] are most practical for me."
Kevin Daniels from Fixe has been a pivotal supporter
of the ASCA from day one. Because of the non-profit, community nature
of the ASCA, Kevin pursuaded Fixe not only to manufacture hangers
with ASCA stamped on them--he also insisted that they sell them
(as well as Fixe's high quality stainless steel bolts) to us below
wholesale!! Without a doubt, the motivated rebolters of the ASCA
would not have been able to stretch our modest resources as far
as we have without the generous support from key industry professionals
such as Kevin Daniels and companies like Fixe . Thank You!
In November, Hans Florine and
Steve Schneider hosted a (second annual) slideshow/party at their
local bay area climbing gym—Ironworks in Berkeley, Ca. Laughs,
ribaldry and keg beer flowed like the cool breeze off the bay and
before the night was over Schneider and Florine had collected over
$200 in ASCA donations—mostly from unsuspecting partiers who
had become separated from their jackets/wallets during the festivities.
Mammoth Mountaineering Supply donated a pair of jumars to the ASCA
and they have already seen a lot of use in the replacement of old
Tuolumne routes such as Dale Bard's 1976 classic Scorpion. Thanks
Dave Talsky and MMS!