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Colorado Flood Update

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 by The AAC

Erosion at Eldorado State Park.

Erosion at Eldorado State Park. Photo by Eldo Park Ranger Steve.

What is foremost in our minds after the flooding in Colorado are thoughts for our family, friends, and community members still dealing with the aftermath of this disaster. As well as concern for the health and safety of everyone, we also hope that the people affected by the flooding are well supported by local volunteer initiatives, as well as involved governmental agencies.

South Boulder Creek was 12 times it's normal levels for September.  You can see the Bastille formation on right and Redgarden on left. Photo by Janet Miller.

South Boulder Creek was 12 times it’s normal levels for September. You can see the Bastille formation on right and Redgarden on left. Photo by Janet Miller.

Our recognition of the scope of the damage extends from the residential communities and reaches into the climbing community all over the Front Range. With Eldorado Canyon, Boulder Canyon, and Rocky Mountain National Park closed indefinitely, as well as many of the roads to these areas, it looks like fall climbing will have to be put on hold. The extent of the damage was so great that local authorities are, at this point, not giving any dates or information as to when many people can get back to their physical homes, let alone back to the crags. Even with Colorado Governor Hickenlooper calling for the swift, yet temporary access to some major canyons by December 1, there are still months of cleanup and recovery efforts ahead.

The roads back to our crags will be slow, but in concert with local efforts, donations and governmental support, we can all help rebuild faster, and get our hands back on the walls.

A consortium of regional and national organizations, including the AAC, has come together to discuss how we can help support local Colorado communities during this time.

Together we have decided that locals ultimately know the extent of the damage best, and can best assess where help is needed. If you would like to get involved in a local clean-up or donate to trail repair, we recommend that you visit the Boulder Climbing Community (BCC). Via email and Facebook, we will update the Front Range Section of any events we hear of and ways to get involved. The following websites also have information about when climbing areas will be reopened after assessments of damage and safety have been made.

Boulder Climbing Community

Flatirons Climbing Council

Action Committee for Eldo

Donate Boulder

As a club, we are here for each other. Please let me know if you or other AAC members have been severely affected by the flooding in Colorado. We’ll get through this together.

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