Climbing Alert: Protect What’s Holy
The Holy Boulders has been one of Illinois’ best kept secrets and my backyard bouldering area for almost a decade. For years, members of the climbing community have been able to enjoy this area responsibly due in part to the relationship that local climbers have forged with the landowners. This area has drawn professional athletes from across the United States including Jimmy Webb, Alex Johnson, Jamie Emerson, Angie Payne, and Jason Kehl. Having traveled extensively around the globe, these individuals know firsthand how precious and rare an area like the Holy Boulders can be. Recently, ownership of this land has changed, putting this area at risk of indefinite closure. The secret is out, and now we need your help to protect this brilliant natural resource for future generations.
With assistance from the Access Fund’s Land Conservation Campaign, we have temporarily acquired the Holy Boulders through a short-term financing initiative. However, we are now looking for more sustainable, long-term solutions to protect access. An additional $185,000 is needed to secure ownership of this land, and we are reaching out to the community for help and financial support. The Holy Boulders is currently open for public use.
Check out the donation page, directions, and mini-guide.
Please help protect what’s holy and donate to the cause. ~ David Chancellor, ClimbSoIll
With a narrow window of opportunity, the Access Fund temporarily purchased the Holy Boulders to save this incredible area from indefinite closure under new ownership. Now we need your help to raise an additional $185,000 to secure permanent ownership of Holy Boulders and transfer it to a long-term owner that will keep it open to climbing access for future generations. Please donate now to protect this special Southern Illinois climbing area