This year we are excited to have a slideshow & discussion with Mikey Schaefer as our Evening Entertainment with a special fundraising component aimed at supporting the Liberty Bell Conservation Initiative ! Mikey will be talking about first ascents + first free ascents he's done around the world with an emphasis on Liberty Bell and how doing FA's has taught him to think independently as well as taking the time to really get to know a place.
The Liberty Bell Group, a cluster of five granite spires at Washington Pass outside Mazama, is home to some of the most popular and iconic alpine climbing in Washington State, including classic routes on Liberty Bell and South Early Winter Spire. Over the last decade, the area has become increasingly popular among alpine climbers. This rapidly expanding use has led to deteriorating trail conditions, severe erosion, and unsafe approaches. The Liberty Bell Conservation Initiative will address these critical issues, and we are shovel-ready. But the project needs $100,000 to cover two seasons of professional trail crews and supplies to address critical stewardship and conservation needs.