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Jailhouse Unlocked: Community helps Access Fund reach initial fundrais

The Access Fund and the climbing community work together to raise over $49,000 to secure land usage rights at Jailhouse Rock near Sonora, California.

Joe Sambataro
Access Director
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Jailhouse Unlocked: Community helps Access Fund reach initial
fundraising goal

February 25, 2011. Boulder, CO – The Access Fund, the national advocacy organization that
keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment, is thrilled to announce the
completion of the initial fundraising phase for Jailhouse Rock. In just over two months, climbers
and conservationists from California and beyond have raised over $49,000—exceeding our initial
fundraising goal.
In November of last year, the Access Fund announced that a permanent access easement and
conservation easement had been secured to Jailhouse Rock near Sonora, California through the
Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign. However more help was needed from the climbing
community to raise funds to create a new access point, trailhead, parking facilities, and ensure
long-term conservation.
Since the initial fundraising phase, the landowners have requested toilet facilities for Jailhouse
Rock, and with input from the climbing community Access Fund is exploring the best option for
these facilities. Access Fund has applied for a grant from a conservation foundation to cover a
portion of the toilet facility costs. The application is pending. Stay tuned to for updates.
The Access Fund would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who generously opened
their wallets to make this victory happen. A special thanks to Tom Addison for his fundraising
leadership, Planet Granite and Touchstone Climbing and Fitness, as well as all of our corporate
partners who donated raffle items. “We are so impressed by the spirit and generosity of the
community coming together to protect a threatened crag,” says Access Director Joe Sambataro.
Individual donations for Jailhouse Rock will still be accepted and put toward long-term
stewardship of the area.
The existing parking area and access trail will remain open for the immediate future. The Access
Fund will be working with local climbers and the landowners this year to install a new gate,
parking area, and trailhead, at which point the old access route will be restored to natural
conditions and closed. At that time, climbers will need a gate code to access the cliffs, since the
area is leased for grazing horses. Stay tuned for updated access information, including the code
and important conditions of access,
About the Access Fund
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Access Fund has been the national advocacy organization
that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. The Access Fund
supports and represents over 2.3 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock
climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering. Five core programs support the mission
on national and local levels: climbing management policy, stewardship and conservation, local
support and mobilization, land acquisition and protection, and education. For more information