LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah (ABC4 News)-Rock climbers celebrate their new-found access to rock climbing terrain that was previously inaccessible because it is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Salt Lake Climbers Alliance (SLCA), LDS Church and Access Fund joined forces to agree to recreate, clean and maintain the area in Little Cottonwood Canyon known as Gate Buttress.
Ted Wilson, a board member of the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance, said this is an exciting step for rock climbers in Utah.
“Not only are we making access permanent so you can always get to your favorite routes or put up a new one, but it’s the fact that we’re going to go in now and clean up a lot of the environmental damage we’ve all caused on the way to our routes,” he said.
The lease gives climbers legitimate access to about 588 routes through treacherous granite slopes and 138 boulder problems.
This agreement is the result of several years of negotiations between LDS Church leader sand the local climbing community.