Divine Rescue Saves Holy Boulders – For NowBy Brendan Leonard, Adventure Journal on October 23rd, 2012
DIVINE RESCUE SAVES HOLY BOULDERS
The sandstone blocks at Southern Illinois’ Holy Boulders have often been compared to the climbing mecca of Fontainebleau in France — but a recent sale of the land the boulders sit on meant the area could be permanently closed. The previous landowners had permitted climbing on the more than 150 boulder problems in the area, but with the May 2012 sale, access is in jeopardy. Climbing nonprofit The Access Fund stepped up to secure temporary ownership of the area, effectively loaning money to itself through its Land Conservation Campaign. Now if it can raise $185,000, it will be able to transfer the land to a permanent owner and land manager and keep the boulders open fo-evah. Via The Access Fund.
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