LANSING— New River Gorge National Park and Preserve will hold a public meeting to discuss the park’s current climbing management plan on Thursday, March 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center, Lansing.
The meeting follows several semi-annual public meetings held by the park since 2017, according to the New River Alliance of Climbers (NRAC), which exists to preserve and promote access to climbing areas, and to conserve climbing resources in the New River Gorge and surrounding areas.
The NRAC and NRGNPP have established a very close working relationship over the years.
“Through the NRAC, climbers at New today enjoy the fruit of an almost unprecedented productive relationship with park management, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and private landowners. We have a permanent license to repair and replace old fixed anchors as we see fit, and to date we have replaced thousands of them,” according to the NRAC website at newriverclimbing.net.
“Climbing advocacy in America has evolved from a reactionary model to a more proactive one in terms of securing access for climbers for the long term, and a single focus on literal and physical access to a model that includes diversity issues. As the landscape changes, so will the NRAC.
At the public meeting, the NRGNPP will provide updates on actions that have been taken as a result of feedback provided at previous meetings, discuss the current Escalation Management Plan, respond to any new questions, and listen to feedback. comments and feedback from members. of the climbing community and the public.
The NRGNPP is dedicated to highlighting area climbing opportunities.
“In New River Gorge National Park and Reserve there are over 1,400 established rock climbs,” writes the NPS on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/neri. “’The New’ has become one of the most popular climbing areas in the country. The New River Gorge cliffs are made of very hard sandstone and range from 30 to 120 feet in height. The rock is very characteristic and an abundance of fissure and face routes are available. Most gorge routes favor the advanced and expert climber. The majority of routes are 5.9 and harder, and most athletic routes are between 5.10 and 5.12.
To learn more about rock climbing at NRGNPP, visit https://www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/climbing.htm.
For more information about the public meeting, please contact Duane Michael at 304-465-6518 or by email at Ronald_Michael@nps.gov.
The Canyon Rim Visitor Center is located at 162 Visitor Center Road, Lansing, WV 25862.