US Government Closes National Parks
by Duncan Campbell and Jack Geldard Oct/2013
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The Tombstone - Joshua Tree
Alastair Lee, Apr 2007
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UKC Assistant Editor Duncan Campbell Reports From Yosemite Valley:
The US government is set to temporarily close many National Parks including Yosemite Valley, Joshua Tree, Zion, Mt Rainier, and Grand Teton to name just a few.
The partial shutdown is due to a failure to agree a budget to include President Obama's Healthcare reform. Many services and federal employees are to be stopped until a budget is agreed on.
This has a huge impact on climbers, walkers and general outdoor enthusiasts with the closure of all National Parks until the government either; passes a clean bill, a compromise is reached or the House of Represantives accepts the budget, with talk of it potentially taking up to 17 days.
Everyone Out By 3pm Thursday
Here in Yosemite Valley, there is a lot of uncertainty within both the climbing and Park Service communities as to what will happen, with many climbers going up on to El Capitan and other walls to avoid being kicked out of the Park.
We have been informed that everybody must leave Yosemite Valley by 3pm on Thursday, the roads will remain open, but any stopping and use of wilderness and trails within the park will be prohibited. Classic routes such as The Nose were very busy today with many parties using the park closure as an excuse to get on their dream El Capitan routes in the next few days.
El Capitan, So many adventures so little time....
david morse, Dec 2008
© David Morse
The National Park Service website is currently down due to the lay-offs but if you have a trip planned within the next week or so you can check progress on the US Government's Department of the Interior Webpage.
| Forums ( Read More... | 61 comments, 08 Oct 2013 )|
|I was in Yosemite when the news broke, but was leaving anyway. We had purchased permits to climb Whitney so headed round there. the permit office was closed but we drove up anyway. It was different up there to anywhere...|
kerry cooper - 08 Oct 2013
But there's literally no money.. essentially accounts frozen. its all shut down.. so noone is paid.. they'll make it as disruptive as possible. That forces the republicans to back down. Even food aid packages, real...
IainRUK - 05 Oct 2013
yeah would of thought some of what is going on would cost more than running normally ?? What I really don't understand about the shutdown itself is that surely causing it makes such a scene that the government/...
bede.west - 05 Oct 2013
|got kicked out of zion! in red rocks now loop is closed and it is being policed! not bad if you have a hotel, very bad if your camping. Sport climbing is accessible via long approaches Policing this policy has to be...|
ashtond6 - 04 Oct 2013
So what I don't understand, if it's a goverment shutdown, then all these MOD types wouldn't be there right? Ahh , whatever, I'm glad I live in Europe and turned down the offer to work for Apple a few years back
Ramon Marin - 04 Oct 2013
Biosecurity is very different to "oh no, we've run out of money and those [[nasty republicans won't get with the programme//nasty democrats won't stop their spending spree]] so we'll shut down until they give...
David Ponting - 04 Oct 2013
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