Sacred Land and Rock Climbing

December 27, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On December 27, 2002 The Seattle Times reported that "he U.S. Forest Service is rethinking whether climbers should be allowed on Cave Rock at Lake Tahoe, a site held sacred by Washoe Indians. Three years ago, the Forest Service limited rock climbing at the site but did not ban it. Instead, it prohibited the addition of new climbing bolts and ordered the removal of some bolts left in the rock face. But the Forest Service began re-evaluating that management plan earlier this year when a new supervisor took over the agency's Tahoe office. The move has frustrated rock climbers. Officials from the Boulder, Colo., Access Fund are disappointed they've been unable to find a solution that appeases both sides."