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Climber Alert - NPS Climbing Policy Changes · Special Climbing Closure Notice · 2016 Pinnacles Climber Appreciation Day

Climber Alert - NPS Climbing Policy Changes (11/11/2016)

The National Park Service is about to issue a new Director's Order (DO) that could threaten climbing on National Park land.

According to an article on the Access Fund Web site:

NPS Poised to Make it Easier to Ban Climbing

A series of events at the National Park Service has resulted in a DO (Director Order) that could lay the groundwork for restrictions or prohibitions of climbing within the National Parks.

The Access Fund is working with its partners to submit comments on DO #100. The 30-day window for public comment ends on November 18th. You can also make comments on your own.

You can see the complete text of DO #100 here.

Once you've read the DO you can go here to leave your comment.

Remember to keep comments courteous, and offer suggestions and alternatives. The public comment period is not the place for complaints. It is FOP's goal to maintain excellent relations with the NPS by keeping the dialog open and productive. In this way we will continue to keep climbing available at Pinnacles National Park.

Special Climbing Closure Notice (10/25/2016)


Heads up climbers,

For the first time, that we can remember, we have a mandatory climbing closure outside of the normal closures season.

The south end of Machete is still under mandatory closure, and will remain so until further notice. This is not just a climbing advisory - this applies to all human activities.

Turns out this is actually GREAT news. Why? Well, there is a condor nest near Old Original and the condor crew folks are maintaining the closure until the condor young has a chance to fly more confidently in the area. This is a HUGE deal - the first successful condor nest at Pinnacles in over a hundred years, and on the centennial year of the National Park Service.

Gavin Emmons (Park Biologist and Raptor Expert) estimates the closure will be lifted by December, but check in with the Park or with us before making any plans to climb Machete. Things can change quickly.

The actual closure applies to the south end of Machete (from just past Corona / Destiny and wrapping around to include Derringer, Old Original, and Hideout). Signs are posted.

If you get a chance you might send a congratulatory note to Gavin and share in the excitement of this monumental event.

Climb On!

2016 Pinnacles Climber Appreciation Day (10/5/2016)

Oct 21st, 22nd and 23rd! The 4th Annual PCAD (and party)

It's that time of year again and the Park is asking for your help again. The good news is that you get a party, food, prizes and more for your help.

Registration is required! Volunteer today to help restore and improve climber access paths and staging areas at one of your favorite Pinnacles crags.

Click here to Register NOW!

Space limited to first 100 volunteers - so hurry!

Join Mountain Tools, the Access Fund & The American Alpine Club and Friends of Pinnacles in support of the Pinnacles Trail Crew at our newest National Park. You are guaranteed to learn new skills, make new friends and have loads of fun!

Schedule of Events

Shuttles will take volunteers from the campgrounds to the staging areas all three days.

  • Friday (Oct 21st)
    Check-In/Registration: 8 to 9 AM
    Trail Work: 9AM to 4PM
    Evening Activities: Fun & Games - trivia contest & possible acoustic jam
  • Saturday (Oct 22nd)
    Check-In/Registration: 8 to 9 AM
    Trail Work: 9AM to 4PM
    Evening Activities: Social Hour, BBQ, Gear Raffle & Gear Auction
  • Sunday (Oct 23rd)
    Climb All Day!

Here's what to look forward to:

  • FREE Park Admission
  • FREE camping
  • FREE t-shirt
  • 1 Raffle Ticket (additional tickets available per donation level)
  • Silent Auction Access
  • BBQ (Saturday night)
  • Sunday Climbing

Pass this along to all your climbing partners & friends! Join us for some fun!

Upcoming Events

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This is where we post the details for upcoming Friends Of Pinnacles sponsored events and activities. Please check back often to see if there is anything new in which you may want to participate.

Park Programs

The Park Service organizes activities and events throughout the year. For details see the Events Calendar for Pinnacles National Monument or call: (831) 389-4485 ext. 0, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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