We Stand With Bears EarsWednesday, September 7, 2016
Nearly 60% of our country's climbing areas lie on federal public lands. We repeat, over HALF of our nation's beautiful, wild crags are on public lands. That's just one reason why we, at Black Diamond, believe that public lands should stay in public hands, and also why we strongly support the designation of Bears Ears as a National Monument. Unfortunately, the current administration has attempted to drastically reduce that Monument, and in turn, our public lands are now in danger. We will continue to stand with Bears Ears, as we have always done, as well as partner with local and national advocacy groups like Access Fund that work tirelessly to promote the conversation of wild places.
The Access Fund is now taking up the fight to protect Bears Ears. In their words, "Bears Ears is a crucial battle in the greater fight for America's public lands."
Here's how you can join the fight.JOIN THE FIGHT
Read on to hear what Bears Ears and its beautiful Indian Creek mean to our community here at BD.
"Once you experience it, you'll know it's a place we need to preserve forever.” —Sonnie Trotter
Photo: Sidni West
"Whether you're soaking in views from the start of a trailhead or the top of a tower, Bears Ears is a place for everyone to enjoy. Please help us protect these finite resources by declaring Bears Ears a National Monument and preserving it's beauty for generations to come!” —Nina Williams
Photo: Mikey Schaefer
"Indian Creek changed me, and my career. It is where I learned to climb. Where I fell in love with it. It became my life. The architectural beauty of the rock; the perfect straight lines there are otherworldly, and inspiring to climb.” —Kate Rutherford
Photo: Andrew Burr
"16 years ago, I visited Indian Creek for the first time. From the moment I did my first hand jam, I knew I would come back every year to climb these immaculate splitters. Indian Creek is very unique. There’s no other place like it. It is the world’s crack climbing mecca and it is also one of the most beautiful and inspiring areas I’ve ever visited. Please help Bears Ear and Indian Creek become a National Monument. That way we will be able to protect and enjoy this area forever.” —JP Ouellet
"This place has fed life and spirit for a thousand years. It's a timeline of our land and people. We're so fortunate to be able to participate in it's history and protection for the story of those who passed, and for the appreciation of those to come.” —Chris Schulte
Photo: Nina Williams
"Indian creek is one of the most magical places for climbers and other user groups. The landscape is beautifully unique and one of the true wild desert areas of the United States. Disallowing people to enjoy this untouched landscape would be a tragedy indeed.” —Hazel Findlay
Photo: Tim Peterson
"There’s no other place on the planet like Bears Ears. We owe it to ourselves and the generations to follow to protect this inspirational and iconic place.” —Chris ThomasJOIN THE FIGHT