Climbing group sues over ban at sacred site
Tuesday, December 16, 2003

A climbing group called The Access Fund has sued the U.S. Forest Service over the agency's ban of climbing at Cave Rock in Nevada, a sacred site.

The Washoe Tribe believes it is sacrilegious to climb the rock and that only medicine men should visit it. The Forest Service agreed, and approved a management plan banning future climbing there.

The Access Fund says it doesn't oppose the Washoe Tribe's beliefs. A press release says the ban is "unconstitutional."

In response to the lawsuit, the Forest Service agreed to delay implementation of the management plan until May of next year.

Get the Story:
Cave Rock ban lifted for 5 months (The Tahoe Daily Tribune 12/16)
Climbing group sures over Cave Rock (AP 12/16)
Access Fund to File Suit in Response to Unlawful Climbing Ban at Cave Rock (Access Fund 12/13)

Relevant Links:
The Access Fund -
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit -

Related Stories:
Forest Service upholds ban on climbing at sacred site (11/11)
Forest Service bans climbing at sacred rock (07/11)

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