AZWCC responds to Focus post

It is the position of the AZWCC that Focus Climbing Center’s post expressing disappointment in the women in the climbing community was distasteful and inappropriate and only further alienates women in the climbing community. Focus is home to one of our founding chapters, and we are deeply disheartened, but would like to use this as an opportunity to educate our climbing gym partners and rally behind and with the women in the Arizona climbing community.

The AZWCC is hosting a social hour where women will have the opportunity to connect and respectfully discuss the issues they’ve faced in our local gyms and crags. Please join us at Boulders on Broadway on Friday, October 11 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

If you cannot attend and would like to share your experience, comments, or concerns regarding this or any other issue, please email us at Your input will remain anonymous unless you give us permission to share your information.



AZWCC partners with #SafeOutside

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The Arizona Women’s Climbing Coalition (AZWCC) has partnered with #SafeOutside, an independent grassroots initiative designed to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault (SHSA) within the climbing and outdoor community. Although we’d like to think our communities are less susceptible to SHSA than society at large, the evidence unfortunately shows we are not, based on a large survey conducted within the climbing community.

Sexual harassment and assault exists at our local crags, in climbing gyms, and on international expeditions. Our goal is to destigmatize SHSA and facilitate a positive conversation using facts and education.

To learn how to join us in action, please visit the #SafeOutside landing page at


Fire restrictions lifted, logging closures affect Mt. Elden

After receiving some much needed rain, many Arizona fire closures and restrictions have been lifted as of July 17, according to AZ State Forestry. Stage II restrictions remain in place for Maricopa County and Stage I restrictions remain in place for Mohave County and Coconino County north of the Grand Canyon and La Paz, and for Yuma County.

New closures due to logging will affect Mount Elden from July 16 2018, possibly through July 2019. According to the Northern Arizona Climbers Coalition (NAzCC):

Areas affected in this first phase are Gloria’s, Skyline boulders, Dragon Eggz, and Red Dragon (the later two can still be accessed if you are psyched to hike in from the top and not all of Gloria’s is inside the closure zone). Specific areas may not be under full closure, so it is critical to be aware of and abide by signage when recreating near Elden. Though this will have a temporary impact on our climbing it is important to keep in mind that this project brings great benefit for our forest, wildlife, and watershed. Please refer to the press release & maps for further details, updates will be provided as the project moves around the mountain.


Arizona fire closures affect summer climbing access

Due to current increased fire danger, local land managers have instituted general closures of high risk areas, including some popular climbing areas.

Closed areas in Coconino National Forest include:

  • San Francisco Peaks
  • Mt. Elden
  • Kelly Canyon
  • Pumphouse Wash
  • The Pit
  • Bouldering above Lower Lake Mary

Closed areas in Kaibab National Forest include:

  • Bill Williams Mountain

Closed areas in Navajo and Apache counties include:

  • All state owned and managed lands, including Winslow Wall

Areas that remain open under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions:

  • Sedona
  • Oak Creek Canyon (except Pumphouse Wash)
  • The Overlook
  • Paradise Forks
  • Volunteer Canyon
  • Areas off of Woody Mountain Road
  • Priest Draw
  • Buffalo Park

Find updates on fire closures at