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9th Annual Butte Bouldering Bash Oct. 13

The 9th Annual Butte Bouldering Bash
Benefiting the Southwest Montana Climbers Coalition
Presented by: The American Alpine Club (Montana Section)
October 13th 2018
The Trailer Boulders
Butte, Montana

– Bouldering in Superbia, The Druthers & Trailer Boulders
350+ problems
– Bouldering Competition
Registration starts at 8am
Competition from 10am-4pm
– Raffle
– Films from Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival: Best of the Fest Tour
Films start at sundown
– Food, Fun & Community

Cost: $40

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Revenue Flats Cleanup September 29

Join SMCC and the BLM for the 3rd annual Revenue Flats Clean Up Saturday, September 29. We’ll be picking up trash and cleaning out fire rings around the campsites and crags at Revenue Flats.

The clean up will be from 9 am until noon. The BLM will be providing work gloves and trash bags. Free day passes to a national park and free T-shirts for participants42456422_1137558496427022_4103951262620319744_o.

SMCC members who want to carpool should meet at Spire at 7:45.
Otherwise, meet us, and the BLM, at the first left-hand turn after entering into public lands when approaching Revenue Flats area from the Norris side. The BLM will put up signs directing folks to the meeting location.

Link to map showing meeting location

Congress Must Work to Make LWCF Funding Permanent

As published in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 11, 2018. By Tom Kalakay, SMCC President and Executive Director.

We are on the brink of losing one of America’s most popular, and successful, conservation programs. From city parks to state parks, fishing access sites to climbing areas, the Land and Water Conservation Fund is critical source of funding for outdoor recreation. Here in Montana, our $7.1 billion outdoor recreation economy depends on access to public lands and quality recreation infrastructure, and LWCF dollars help to pay for both.

However, unless Congress acts before Sept. 30, the Land and Water Conservation Fund will expire.

An excellent example of LWCF dollars helping to increase public access for outdoor recreation is just east of town, on Bozeman Pass. Climbers have enjoyed the cliffs above Bozeman Pass for decades but for many years access was uncertain or prohibited. That uncertainty changed in 2007, when money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund helped to secure access to climbing areas at Bozeman Pass as part of a multi-agency, multi-partner effort to purchase land and easements on both sides of the interstate. This project protected wildlife habitat and benefited a wide range of outdoor recreation users. It resulted in the popular Chestnut Mountain Trail and public access for hiking, biking, and hunting as well as climbing.

The Southwest Montana Climbers Coalition was a critical partner in this effort, constructing both the Rocky Canyon and Frog Rock climbing access trails.

As executive director of the Southwest Montana Climbers Coalition it’s important to me that Congress fully fund and permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. By doing so, they will protect a source of funding that assures public access to outdoor recreation. I’m counting on Senators Daines and Tester and Rep. Gianforte to make sure Congress doesn’t forget, and lose, LWCF before Sept. 30.

Bozeman Rock Climbing Festival September 8, 2018

Hosted by Montana Alpine Guides with assistance from the SMCC, American Alpine Club – Montana Chapter, and Lockhorn Cider House.

A full day of clinics, social gatherings, and a slide show.

Learn to Climb – Community Gathering – FREE presentations
8am-3 pm, Climbing Clinics: Intro, Trad, Multi-Pitch, Partner Rescue
5-8 pm, Happy Hour and Gathering: – $1.50 off at Lockhorn Cider
8pm, FREE Climbing Film: Cirque of the Unlcimbabables


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