How to Stand Up for Bears Ears

How to Stand Up for Bears Ears

  • Posted by kaleigh
  • On December 21, 2017
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Bears Ears Needs No Defense, Only Defenders

One year ago this month, President Obama set aside over 1.3 million acres of land in southeastern Utah protecting a wealth of Native American archeological and ancestral sites and, lucky for us in the climbing community, some of the best desert climbing in the world—from splitter hand cracks in Indian Creek to more adventurous sandstone towers.  Climbing aside, the Cedar Mesa Plateau is remote, stunningly beautiful, and wild. As our lovely salty city continues its maniacal growth and development, places like Bears Ears become more essential to protect from ourselves. And with our penchant to see land as only having monetary value—we as climbers also must remember this—even if there was no climbing and no recreational value, we still support the protection of Bears Ears- the ability for it to remain wild, beautiful and open to those in the public who are willing to go and walk and see it. Some things are too precious to profit from. As our favorite desert seer, Edward Abbey, once said: “The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.”

Our current administration would rather see these lands sold off to the highest bidder with the potential of the land being used for overgrazing, mining, logging and drilling. The fight for these lands is not over and we need your help now more than ever. Pay attention and remember: “growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.”*


1. CALL your Senators and Representatives. Letters and emails are great. However, calling is easy and effective. So do it…frequently. If you’re not sure who you’re representative is, follow the link to find out: For Senators, for House Reps.

2. JOIN the American Alpine Club and the Access Fund to contribute to these organizations. The AAC is lobbying in Washington and the Access Fund is taking legal action to preserve your climbing lands. Every dollar counts, so chip in what you can.

3. SHOW UP at rallies. Show up at public meetings and forums. More people is more power.

Utah Congressional Numbers:
« Senator Orrin Hatch: 524.4380
« Senator Mike Lee: 524.5933
« Rob Bishop: 202.225.0453
« Chris Stewart: 202.225.9730
« John Curtis: 202.225.7751
« Rep Mia Love: 225.3011

*Quote from: Edward Abbey