Today, Jailhouse Rock outside of Sonora, California is entering a brand-new era in climbing. But for 20 years, it was nothing more than an open secret with limited access. While climbers like Beth Rodden and Alex Honnold cut their teeth here, access was extremely sensitive because it ran through private property. The landowner was supportive of climbing but equally weary of letting Jailhouse Rock become known. Thanks to the efforts of the Access Fund and local climbers, an easement was negotiated with the landowner — thus opening it up to a whole new world (and era) of climbing.
Osprey Packs is a proud member of The Conservation Alliance and we’re excited to announce that because of strong member support, we have awarded more than $1 million to conservation groups doing incredible things to protect our wild places. Most recently, we awarded 18 grants totaling $550,000, including a grant to the Access Fund to secure permanent access of Jailhouse Rock climbing above, pictured above.
To see more of the places we’re working to protect, please visit The Conservation Alliance’s website.