May 9, 2019
It has come to the attention of the SMCC Board of Directors that “No Trespassing” signs have recently been posted at the entrance to the easement-controlled (northern) access at Allenspur near Livingston (see image below). As a matter of clarification, the easement held by SMCC since 2005, is still in place. Through the use of signs, the landowner is discouraging climbers and hikers from their rightful use of the easement and trail to access public BLM land to the east. Efforts are currently being made to contact the landowner and resolve the issue. In the meantime, it is not unlawful to continue using this access. It is unclear what sort of action the landowner might take, but hopefully this will be resolved in a neighborly manner.
There is another access point to the south that is controlled by a different landowner. Use of the southern access is a privilege granted by the landowner, who has requested people not bring dogs across their property. If you have been bringing your dog through that property, please refrain from doing so. Right now, it is imperative that we respect the lawful requests of landowners.
Remember, the SMCC is you, acting as a member of an organized coalition of conscientious climbers. By working together to act responsibly we all help to secure the future of climbing in southwest Montana.