Climbing Stewards Training

REGISTER NOW! Join the SLCA & the Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team for professional climbing stewardship training right here in our own backyard. This event is in partnership with the Salt Lake Ranger District of the USFS. This training will provide local climbing organization leaders, volunteers and land managers with the highly technical skills & techniques needed to manage for climber impacts, while still providing an enjoyable & safe experience for visitors. This unique 4-day event will feature professional training both in the classroom and in the field. Upon completion, attendees will be encouraged to make use of their newly developed skills by taking on stewardship initiatives at their local crags and climbing communities.

Where: Little Cottonwood Canyon – Salt Lake City, UT

When: Wednesday, June 24 – Saturday, June 27

What: Participants will receive training in:
Stewardship Basics: conditions at climbing areas, why we need climbing specific stewardship, climbers as a user group, and developing long-term stewardship plans.
Trail Basics: use patterns, user considerations, layout, design, and construction (working on approach trails below Cresent Crack)
Staging Areas/Crags: use patterns, user considerations, construction techniques (working at staging areas near Mexican Crack & Crescent Crack)
Bouldering Areas: use patterns, user considerations, construction techniques (working in Special Garden bouldering area)

Logistics:
This is a FREE training program, however participants are responsible for their own food, lodging or camping supplies and logistics.
Attendees should plan on bringing water, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, work gloves, rain/cold/hot weather clothing. Most activities will be outside, please plan accordingly.
Little Cottonwood Canyon camping can be reserved at Tanners Flat, (we encourage you to reserve as soon as possible)

For additional information, please email Ty Tyler (Access Fund Stewardship Director) at ty@accessfund.orgDay 1: Wednesday, June 24

Location: Black Diamond

Climbing Stewards Training
Little Cottonwood Canyon – Salt Lake City, UT

June 24th – June 27th, 2015

8:00am – 9:00am

Coffee & Light Breakfast (provided), Morning Networking & Attendee Sign In

9:00am – 9:30am

Access Fund & Salt Lake Climbers Alliance Welcome (Ty Tyler, AF Stewardship Director & Julia Geisler, SLCA Executive Director)
Event schedule & logistics

9:30am – 11:30am

Why Climbing Specific Stewardship (Ty Tyler, AF Stewardship Director)
Current trends in climbing, climbing populations, climbing areas in need, climbers vs other users, climber use patterns, etc.

11:30am – 1:00pm

LUNCH – Attendees to provide their own

1:00pm – 2:30pm

The Basics (Mike Morin & Amanda Peterson, Access Fund Conservation Team)
Trail & construction terminology, trail & construction principles, considerations in design

2:30pm – 5:00pm (Field Session)

Area Assessment Field Session

Attendees will be broken into groups & visit climbing sites to discuss & collaborate on identifying use patterns, area concerns, mitigation opportunities & solution development

Day 2: Thursday, June 25

Location: Black Diamond

9:00am – 10:00am

Working with Volunteers (Mike Morin & Amanda Peterson)
Organizing Adopt a Crag events, managing climbers as volunteers, leadership needs & work assignments/accomplishments

10:00am –4:00pm (Lunch in field, please plan ahead)

Trails Field Session

*Attendees will be in groups & disperse to different sites

Discussions and field work associated with trails: -Why we need trails
-Considerations of slope, location, flow of travel -New trails vs trail “triage”

-Trail layout
-Trail construction activities

Day 3: Friday, June 26

June 24th – June 27th, 2015

9:00am – 10:00am

Working with Land Managers (Jonathan Knight & Ty Tyler)
The process on Federal Lands & other land manager considerations

10:00am –11:00am

Leveraging Resources & Project Development (Ty Tyler)
Creating a plan of action, campaigns, seeking funding and leveraging a host of resources

11:00am – 12:00pm

LUNCH – Attendees to provide their own

12:30pm – 4:00pm (Field Session)

Bouldering Field Session

*Attendees will be in groups & disperse to different sites

Discussions and field work associated with bouldering areas: -Understanding use patterns; trail networks, pad placement -Considerations of area, native materials, resource dispersion -Creating a “vision” for completed project

-Construction activities

Day 4: Saturday, June 27

Location: TBD

8:00am – 4:00pm (Lunch in field, please plan ahead)

Staging Areas Field Session

*Attendees will be in groups & disperse to different sites

Discussions and field work associated with staging areas: -Why staging areas need management
-Considerations of area, native materials, use patterns -Creating a “vision” for completed project

-Construction activities

For assistance or questions, please contact Ty Tyler at ty@accessfund.org or call 206-351-9239. Note: Final Agenda is Subject to Change

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