The Fixed Hardware Review Process
Shortly after its incorporation ACE created the Fixed Hardware Review Committee (FHRC) and the fixed hardware review process. The process provides a mechanism for the legal establishment of new routes requiring fixed gear or the addition of fixed gear to existing routes.
In 2000, ACE and the FHRC enacted the FHRC Guidelines, which codified the local climbing community's views on these issues. The Guidelines are an integral part of the FHRC process. Prior to their adoption, the Guidelines were subject to an extensive review process, including a lengthy period of public comment.
Each year ACE appoints local climbers to serve on the FHRC and administer the review process. FHRC members are responsible for polling the climbing community to determine whether the community supports new route proposals and proposals regarding the addition or relocation of fixed gear. Based on the local climbing community's opinion on the proposals, the FHRC makes a recommendation to the Park to either approve or disapprove those proposals.
The FHRC process has been a successful one. The local climbing community supports the process and the Park's climbing management plan.
This page last revised on November 08 2010