Access Fund Secures Climbing Resource at Jailhouse

posted by dpm on 11/18/2010

 

The Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign has just secured permanent access to Jailhouse Rock near Sonora, California. Jailhouse is a three-season sport climbing destination of overhanging basalt that has always been located on private land. Although the land owners have historically allowed climbing on the property a recently approved housing development threatened access to the cliff. Local climber Tom Addison worked closely with the Access Fund to secure an easement granting permanent access to the cliff. The work, however, is far from over. The Access fund needs to raise $40,000 over the next year to guarantee the cliff remains open. 

 
The Jailhouse.  photo: http://sfclimb.wordpress.com/
 
This cherished climbing area is important to many people including pro climber Alex Honnold who had this to say:
 
“Jailhouse has been formative in my climbing. It has one of the best concentrations of hard routes in the country, as well as one of the best climates. You can climb there any day between September and June without even having to check the weather. It's an amazing crag.”