Mountain Monday: Donner Climb Time

Unique opportunity near Truckee for climbers, cyclists, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts

By Meggan Wenbourne

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A view of the outskirts of Desolation Wilderness – gorgeous rocks are around every corner it seems.

A unique opportunity has come up for climbers, hikers, cyclists and general outdoor enthusiasts alike to come together to save a beautiful location above Donner Lake outside of Truckee, California. In recent months, the 10 acre property surrounding the infamous Black Wall and four other climbing crags has been put up for sale by private owners in an effort to preserve this area’s access to the outdoor community.

As you can imagine, a lot of land is owned and has been owned by private parties for going on decades, if not centuries now in California and the greater United States. Most of the time, this land is passed down from generation to generation and does not ever come close to the public’s grasp. It’s rare that opportunities arise where the greater community surrounding a special place can come together to save a pristine climbing destination, but it does happen and it’s happening now.

The Access Fund has partnered with the Truckee Donner Land Trust to secure funding to not only purchase this plot of land, but also ensure responsible preservation and management for years to come.

A climbing destination, in our own backyard, has come up for sale people! I rarely encourage anyone to donate to causes as I feel like I am badgering, but I invite you to read on at savedonnerclimbing.org. and consider donating if you’re able. Another site worth visiting and hopefully joining is the Access Fund, as their mission statement is to save climbing areas around the United States.

What more could we want? There’s amazing rock, gorgeous views and styles of climbing for all and it’s up for sale! We’re winning as far as I’m concerned, but we still need to raise the funds. Check it out and be stoked that we live in a time where people are starting to care about the preservation of these beautiful areas.

Hurray for climbing!

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Meg-IndiansMeggan Wenbourne is an avid climber, mountain biker and backpacker who works and plays in Santa Cruz, CA. She spends her time traveling to the mountains as often as possible to get lost in the pine trees and explore the granite rock of the Sierra Nevada range and has recently developed an obsession with the desert and its red rocks. When not away on an adventure, she can be found eating burritos and training at Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, riding amazing trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains or nestled away in her cozy tiny house with cookies and adventure reading.

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